HELP HELP Can't login to Win2000


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Jason Rich

I need help.

I use my laptop(Dell, Windows 2000) to get connected to work through
VPN and the logon screen always showed Login, Password, Domain(which
is the domain at Work)

Now, I tried to share some files in that laptop at home and since I
weren't able to do it from another comouter, I changed the domain to
workgroup "HOME".

And the trouble then started...

I rebooted the laptop , and then could not find the Domain box in the
login screen. All it showed me was Login, Password and a small box
"Login using Dial Up Networking"

I tried both ways of using Dialup(VPN) and not using it but still it
would not let me login. I have many important files stored in that
laptop.

Please help me and let me know how I would proceed. I am relatively new
at troubleshooting computer stuff.

Thanks a lot in advance
 
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John John

You'll have to take the laptop to work and ask the IT guys to join you
back to the domain. Just tell them what you did, no big deal, they'll
understand or should understand your predicament and how you got there.
For all it's worth you probably won't be the first one to ask them to
rejoin the domain, it's a common mistake that many make.

John
 
J

Jason Rich

Thanks John,
I will try that....

Since the IT guys are not located in this country, it would take
atleast a couple of days for me to get it resolved...I know they would
be sending me the document to see if I can do it by myself.

But I have a quick question..Is there anyway, I can get the laptop to
Work and get it done by myself,, I mean get connected to office
networking and try logging in ..if that is possible.

Let me know if it works and thanks for responding
Jason
 
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Eugene Taylor

Do you start the vpn before or after you log in? Is it a vpn client or a vpn
connectoid using the windows os? If it is a client i.e. cisco or checkpoint
then this can be done.
 
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John John

You need:

1- a local (laptop) account with administrator privileges
2- be connected to the domain network
3- have domain privileges

Then you will be able to rejoin the domain again. You might be able to
get two out of three but I doubt you would have all three.

By changing the laptop from domain to workgroup you have destroyed the
trust relationship between the laptop and the domain and your logon
credentials are no longer valid.

John
 
J

Jason Rich

Eugene,
Usually this is what I do..
I login into the laptop with login, password and domain 'ABC'. Once in,
I get connected to Work using VPN Client and that will enable me to
access all work-related stuff.

A few days ago, I needed to transfer huge excel files from this laptop
to another personal computer. And I read on the internet that I can do
it when I am in the same workgroup etc., etc., and followed exactly the
way it guided me to.

After that, I rebooted the laptop, and lo!! the domain box was missing.
Now it only had Login, Password in it. And then I found there is a
little check box "Logon using Dial Up Network". I checked it and then
selected the VPN option( same as the one I used before)

It was able to verify my login/password, and registered me on the
network and I was waiting to get beyond the ctl-al-delete box when
suddenly I get an error saying "Invalid Password , please enter again"
(the error is the same as you normally get when you enter an incorrect
password")

I am utterly confused because on the one hand, I see it registered me
to the network succesfully while here I am unable to get past the login
on screen...

HELP. This is month-end closing here and most of the excel files are
stuck in that laptop. I am seeking help from the IT dept but I am
ashamed to say the response time would be very slow based on past
experiences...
 
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