login problem


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Paul

My son-in-law's XP Pro laptop logged in fine with a simple name and
password. I changed to a workgroup name (it had used a domain name or
something - I clicked the user group button to change it so he could print
to the shared printer on another desktop in the workgroup, like 2 other
laptops can), and now after letting it restart it will not let me log in
with the same exact name and password. Does it want something else in front
of the user name? TIA, Paul
 
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Pegasus [MVP]

Paul said:
My son-in-law's XP Pro laptop logged in fine with a simple name and
password. I changed to a workgroup name (it had used a domain name or
something - I clicked the user group button to change it so he could print
to the shared printer on another desktop in the workgroup, like 2 other
laptops can), and now after letting it restart it will not let me log in
with the same exact name and password. Does it want something else in
front
of the user name? TIA, Paul

By changing his machine from Domain to Workgroup login, you destroyed the
trust relationship that previously existed. He now needs to ask the server
administrator at his office to tell him the password for the local
Administrator account.
 
P

Paul H

Paul said:
My son-in-law's XP Pro laptop logged in fine with a simple name and
password. I changed to a workgroup name (it had used a domain name or
something - I clicked the user group button to change it so he could print
to the shared printer on another desktop in the workgroup, like 2 other
laptops can), and now after letting it restart it will not let me log in
with the same exact name and password. Does it want something else in
front
of the user name? TIA, Paul

By changing his machine from Domain to Workgroup login, you destroyed the
trust relationship that previously existed. He now needs to ask the server
administrator at his office to tell him the password for the local
Administrator account.

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So he will use his normal name, but a different password? This time only?
Will it revert to his old password once he logs in the 1st time. Or do I
take special action to make the change? Go to "User" in control panel? And
BTW, thank you for your help. Paul
 
R

R. McCarty

The laptop was "Joined" to a Domain. His account/profile is keyed
to that domain. When you leave a domain and join a Workgroup the
domain account becomes inaccessible. At this point the PC generally
only has the local machine Administrator account. Leaving a business
domain essentially resets the computer. Unless you know the local
Administrator account password you're locked out. There are tools
you download and boot from to reset the Administrator account. But
the user's original profile/data & settings won't be available since only
the Administrator account exists off the Domain.

NT Password Reset:
http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/
 
J

John Wunderlich

By changing his machine from Domain to Workgroup login, you
destroyed the trust relationship that previously existed. He now
needs to ask the server administrator at his office to tell him
the password for the local Administrator account.

=========================

So he will use his normal name, but a different password? This
time only? Will it revert to his old password once he logs in the
1st time. Or do I take special action to make the change? Go to
"User" in control panel? And BTW, thank you for your help. Paul

Microsoft has an article on this problem:

"You cannot log on after you remove the computer from the domain"
<http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317049>

HTH,
John
 
P

Paul H

If I remove the disk and put it into a carrier, then read it on another
computer, will all the files be visible to me?

The laptop was "Joined" to a Domain. His account/profile is keyed
to that domain. When you leave a domain and join a Workgroup the
domain account becomes inaccessible. At this point the PC generally
only has the local machine Administrator account. Leaving a business
domain essentially resets the computer. Unless you know the local
Administrator account password you're locked out. There are tools
you download and boot from to reset the Administrator account. But
the user's original profile/data & settings won't be available since only
the Administrator account exists off the Domain.

NT Password Reset:
http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/
 
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