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Anonymous
September 14, 2005 8:06:02 PM

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Hello:

I went into system properties, wgilethere, changed the computer name, it
asked me to re-boot abd noiw I can't log on. As far as I know it was only set
up as a workgroup and not a domain.; This is one PC and is used at home. I am
currently on an old HD that I installed on the same machine with XP and I can
see and access my current HD (the one that I can't log on to), but I want it
back the way it was, I have all of my prog's installed there, etc etc. Plus
want that HD as my Master and my existing Slave is not connected since I have
this one on here right now. Can I not just copy a security file from this
newly installed copy of XP into the correct folder on my other HD to reset
the GP?

I know there has got to be something I can do just don't know what! I don't
want to try to install over my existing XP with the chance of losing
everything, have already installed over it twice before.

Thanks so much!

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Anonymous
September 16, 2005 5:01:02 PM

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Was this machine part of a domain? If so does the Admin account allow you to
login? Have you tried using Remote Desktop Connection from another PC?

"TimBud" wrote:

> Hello:
>
> I went into system properties, wgilethere, changed the computer name, it
> asked me to re-boot abd noiw I can't log on. As far as I know it was only set
> up as a workgroup and not a domain.; This is one PC and is used at home. I am
> currently on an old HD that I installed on the same machine with XP and I can
> see and access my current HD (the one that I can't log on to), but I want it
> back the way it was, I have all of my prog's installed there, etc etc. Plus
> want that HD as my Master and my existing Slave is not connected since I have
> this one on here right now. Can I not just copy a security file from this
> newly installed copy of XP into the correct folder on my other HD to reset
> the GP?
>
> I know there has got to be something I can do just don't know what! I don't
> want to try to install over my existing XP with the chance of losing
> everything, have already installed over it twice before.
>
> Thanks so much!
Anonymous
September 16, 2005 8:25:54 PM

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No, Admin or my other login, both admin's will not let me log in. Just asks
for my password. I have tried all pw's that I have had in the past that I
know of. What xcould the pw possibly be and where would the machine generate
another pw on it's own like that?

"Halfbyte" wrote:

> Was this machine part of a domain? If so does the Admin account allow you to
> login? Have you tried using Remote Desktop Connection from another PC?
>
> "TimBud" wrote:
>
> > Hello:
> >
> > I went into system properties, wgilethere, changed the computer name, it
> > asked me to re-boot abd noiw I can't log on. As far as I know it was only set
> > up as a workgroup and not a domain.; This is one PC and is used at home. I am
> > currently on an old HD that I installed on the same machine with XP and I can
> > see and access my current HD (the one that I can't log on to), but I want it
> > back the way it was, I have all of my prog's installed there, etc etc. Plus
> > want that HD as my Master and my existing Slave is not connected since I have
> > this one on here right now. Can I not just copy a security file from this
> > newly installed copy of XP into the correct folder on my other HD to reset
> > the GP?
> >
> > I know there has got to be something I can do just don't know what! I don't
> > want to try to install over my existing XP with the chance of losing
> > everything, have already installed over it twice before.
> >
> > Thanks so much!
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Anonymous
September 16, 2005 8:26:20 PM

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As far as I know, no it was not part of a domain, but I also can't anser that
for sure 100%. No, I don't have access to another PC remotley.

"Halfbyte" wrote:

> Was this machine part of a domain? If so does the Admin account allow you to
> login? Have you tried using Remote Desktop Connection from another PC?
>
> "TimBud" wrote:
>
> > Hello:
> >
> > I went into system properties, wgilethere, changed the computer name, it
> > asked me to re-boot abd noiw I can't log on. As far as I know it was only set
> > up as a workgroup and not a domain.; This is one PC and is used at home. I am
> > currently on an old HD that I installed on the same machine with XP and I can
> > see and access my current HD (the one that I can't log on to), but I want it
> > back the way it was, I have all of my prog's installed there, etc etc. Plus
> > want that HD as my Master and my existing Slave is not connected since I have
> > this one on here right now. Can I not just copy a security file from this
> > newly installed copy of XP into the correct folder on my other HD to reset
> > the GP?
> >
> > I know there has got to be something I can do just don't know what! I don't
> > want to try to install over my existing XP with the chance of losing
> > everything, have already installed over it twice before.
> >
> > Thanks so much!
September 16, 2005 9:16:58 PM

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TimBud wrote:

> As far as I know, no it was not part of a domain, but I also can't
> anser that for sure 100%. No, I don't have access to another PC
> remotley.
>
> "Halfbyte" wrote:
>
>> Was this machine part of a domain? If so does the Admin account
>> allow you to
>> login? Have you tried using Remote Desktop Connection from another
>> PC?
>>
>> "TimBud" wrote:
>>
>> > Hello:
>> >
>> > I went into system properties, wgilethere, changed the computer
>> > name, it asked me to re-boot abd noiw I can't log on. As far as I
>> > know it was only set up as a workgroup and not a domain.; This is
>> > one PC and is used at home. I am currently on an old HD that I
>> > installed on the same machine with XP and I can see and access my
>> > current HD (the one that I can't log on to), but I want it back the
>> > way it was, I have all of my prog's installed there, etc etc. Plus
>> > want that HD as my Master and my existing Slave is not connected
>> > since I have this one on here right now. Can I not just copy a
>> > security file from this newly installed copy of XP into the correct
>> > folder on my other HD to reset the GP?
>> >
>> > I know there has got to be something I can do just don't know what!
>> > I don't want to try to install over my existing XP with the chance
>> > of losing everything, have already installed over it twice before.
>> >
>> > Thanks so much!

Try booting into Last Known Good Configuration. Do this by repeatedly
tapping F8 as the computer is starting up. This will get you to the
right menu. Let us know.

Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
Anonymous
September 16, 2005 9:37:02 PM

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Hi Malke,

I did to no avail. I've tried that, using a blank password, all of my old
pw's. Just stumped right now, only thing I know I could do would be to do a
repair with MS Recovery Console, but, I would need to enter an admin password
for that too. RConsole would be my last resort.

"Malke" wrote:

> TimBud wrote:
>
> > As far as I know, no it was not part of a domain, but I also can't
> > anser that for sure 100%. No, I don't have access to another PC
> > remotley.
> >
> > "Halfbyte" wrote:
> >
> >> Was this machine part of a domain? If so does the Admin account
> >> allow you to
> >> login? Have you tried using Remote Desktop Connection from another
> >> PC?
> >>
> >> "TimBud" wrote:
> >>
> >> > Hello:
> >> >
> >> > I went into system properties, wgilethere, changed the computer
> >> > name, it asked me to re-boot abd noiw I can't log on. As far as I
> >> > know it was only set up as a workgroup and not a domain.; This is
> >> > one PC and is used at home. I am currently on an old HD that I
> >> > installed on the same machine with XP and I can see and access my
> >> > current HD (the one that I can't log on to), but I want it back the
> >> > way it was, I have all of my prog's installed there, etc etc. Plus
> >> > want that HD as my Master and my existing Slave is not connected
> >> > since I have this one on here right now. Can I not just copy a
> >> > security file from this newly installed copy of XP into the correct
> >> > folder on my other HD to reset the GP?
> >> >
> >> > I know there has got to be something I can do just don't know what!
> >> > I don't want to try to install over my existing XP with the chance
> >> > of losing everything, have already installed over it twice before.
> >> >
> >> > Thanks so much!
>
> Try booting into Last Known Good Configuration. Do this by repeatedly
> tapping F8 as the computer is starting up. This will get you to the
> right menu. Let us know.
>
> Malke
> --
> Elephant Boy Computers
> www.elephantboycomputers.com
> "Don't Panic!"
> MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
>
September 16, 2005 11:25:14 PM

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TimBud wrote:

> Hi Malke,
>
> I did to no avail. I've tried that, using a blank password, all of my
> old pw's. Just stumped right now, only thing I know I could do would
> be to do a repair with MS Recovery Console, but, I would need to enter
> an admin password for that too. RConsole would be my last resort.
>
> "Malke" wrote:
>
>> TimBud wrote:
>>
>> > As far as I know, no it was not part of a domain, but I also can't
>> > anser that for sure 100%. No, I don't have access to another PC
>> > remotley.
>> >
>> > "Halfbyte" wrote:
>> >
>> >> Was this machine part of a domain? If so does the Admin account
>> >> allow you to
>> >> login? Have you tried using Remote Desktop Connection from
>> >> another PC?
>> >>
>> >> "TimBud" wrote:
>> >>
>> >> > Hello:
>> >> >
>> >> > I went into system properties, wgilethere, changed the computer
>> >> > name, it asked me to re-boot abd noiw I can't log on. As far as
>> >> > I know it was only set up as a workgroup and not a domain.; This
>> >> > is one PC and is used at home. I am currently on an old HD that
>> >> > I installed on the same machine with XP and I can see and access
>> >> > my current HD (the one that I can't log on to), but I want it
>> >> > back the way it was, I have all of my prog's installed there,
>> >> > etc etc. Plus want that HD as my Master and my existing Slave is
>> >> > not connected since I have this one on here right now. Can I not
>> >> > just copy a security file from this newly installed copy of XP
>> >> > into the correct folder on my other HD to reset the GP?
>> >> >
>> >> > I know there has got to be something I can do just don't know
>> >> > what! I don't want to try to install over my existing XP with
>> >> > the chance of losing everything, have already installed over it
>> >> > twice before.
>> >> >
>> >> > Thanks so much!
>>
>> Try booting into Last Known Good Configuration. Do this by repeatedly
>> tapping F8 as the computer is starting up. This will get you to the
>> right menu. Let us know.
>>

I honestly don't know what you did. You can't have just renamed the
computer; I've done that lots of times and have never seen the effects
you are reporting. It sounds like you created a domain account instead.
I'm sorry I was unable to help you. Maybe you can find a local
professional who can take a look at the machine and figure it out.

Good luck,

Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
Anonymous
September 17, 2005 12:45:01 AM

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Ok, so is it time for me to disregard your sig about my current panic state
of mind? :o ) Oh boy. Well, I am quite PC literate and build websites, etc but
not with domains, etc. I still don't know what they are for, etc. Anyway,
that must of been what happened, a domain. On the Welcome Screent, he lower
left corner shows (Turn Off Loft Office) as if I were going to log off and
also shows my two login names minus one for my wife since it was turned off
at the time. I twoo have changed 'puter names many times and this has never
happened to me.

You know what, I just went back to properties to try and remember what I
did. It was late, many hours working and I was pretty tired. I renamed the
Computer Description. THEN, I clicked the bottom button "Change..." which
comes after the "To rename this computer or join a domain, click Change.

THAT's what I did....I only read what I wanted to read (rename this pc). Ok,
with that said and done what does this mean? I remember it immediatley
popping up stating it needed a reboot, which I did. If I legitimatley clicked
change then what should of happened?

Thanks Malke! I appreciate your help!

Tim

"Malke" wrote:

> TimBud wrote:
>
> > Hi Malke,
> >
> > I did to no avail. I've tried that, using a blank password, all of my
> > old pw's. Just stumped right now, only thing I know I could do would
> > be to do a repair with MS Recovery Console, but, I would need to enter
> > an admin password for that too. RConsole would be my last resort.
> >
> > "Malke" wrote:
> >
> >> TimBud wrote:
> >>
> >> > As far as I know, no it was not part of a domain, but I also can't
> >> > anser that for sure 100%. No, I don't have access to another PC
> >> > remotley.
> >> >
> >> > "Halfbyte" wrote:
> >> >
> >> >> Was this machine part of a domain? If so does the Admin account
> >> >> allow you to
> >> >> login? Have you tried using Remote Desktop Connection from
> >> >> another PC?
> >> >>
> >> >> "TimBud" wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> > Hello:
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I went into system properties, wgilethere, changed the computer
> >> >> > name, it asked me to re-boot abd noiw I can't log on. As far as
> >> >> > I know it was only set up as a workgroup and not a domain.; This
> >> >> > is one PC and is used at home. I am currently on an old HD that
> >> >> > I installed on the same machine with XP and I can see and access
> >> >> > my current HD (the one that I can't log on to), but I want it
> >> >> > back the way it was, I have all of my prog's installed there,
> >> >> > etc etc. Plus want that HD as my Master and my existing Slave is
> >> >> > not connected since I have this one on here right now. Can I not
> >> >> > just copy a security file from this newly installed copy of XP
> >> >> > into the correct folder on my other HD to reset the GP?
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I know there has got to be something I can do just don't know
> >> >> > what! I don't want to try to install over my existing XP with
> >> >> > the chance of losing everything, have already installed over it
> >> >> > twice before.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Thanks so much!
> >>
> >> Try booting into Last Known Good Configuration. Do this by repeatedly
> >> tapping F8 as the computer is starting up. This will get you to the
> >> right menu. Let us know.
> >>
>
> I honestly don't know what you did. You can't have just renamed the
> computer; I've done that lots of times and have never seen the effects
> you are reporting. It sounds like you created a domain account instead.
> I'm sorry I was unable to help you. Maybe you can find a local
> professional who can take a look at the machine and figure it out.
>
> Good luck,
>
> Malke
> --
> Elephant Boy Computers
> www.elephantboycomputers.com
> "Don't Panic!"
> MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
>
Anonymous
September 17, 2005 1:06:01 AM

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No, I remember clicking the Network ID button. Yep...ok, am I screwed?

"TimBud" wrote:

> Ok, so is it time for me to disregard your sig about my current panic state
> of mind? :o ) Oh boy. Well, I am quite PC literate and build websites, etc but
> not with domains, etc. I still don't know what they are for, etc. Anyway,
> that must of been what happened, a domain. On the Welcome Screent, he lower
> left corner shows (Turn Off Loft Office) as if I were going to log off and
> also shows my two login names minus one for my wife since it was turned off
> at the time. I twoo have changed 'puter names many times and this has never
> happened to me.
>
> You know what, I just went back to properties to try and remember what I
> did. It was late, many hours working and I was pretty tired. I renamed the
> Computer Description. THEN, I clicked the bottom button "Change..." which
> comes after the "To rename this computer or join a domain, click Change.
>
> THAT's what I did....I only read what I wanted to read (rename this pc). Ok,
> with that said and done what does this mean? I remember it immediatley
> popping up stating it needed a reboot, which I did. If I legitimatley clicked
> change then what should of happened?
>
> Thanks Malke! I appreciate your help!
>
September 17, 2005 11:05:58 AM

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TimBud wrote:

> No, I remember clicking the Network ID button. Yep...ok, am I screwed?
>
> "TimBud" wrote:
>
>> Ok, so is it time for me to disregard your sig about my current panic
>> state of mind? :o ) Oh boy. Well, I am quite PC literate and build
>> websites, etc but not with domains, etc. I still don't know what they
>> are for, etc. Anyway, that must of been what happened, a domain. On
>> the Welcome Screent, he lower left corner shows (Turn Off Loft
>> Office) as if I were going to log off and also shows my two login
>> names minus one for my wife since it was turned off at the time. I
>> twoo have changed 'puter names many times and this has never happened
>> to me.
>>
>> You know what, I just went back to properties to try and remember
>> what I did. It was late, many hours working and I was pretty tired. I
>> renamed the
>> Computer Description. THEN, I clicked the bottom button "Change..."
>> which comes after the "To rename this computer or join a domain,
>> click Change.
(snip)

You've got two threads for this subject going on in two different
newsgroups. You've gotten the correct answer in the other newsgroup. If
you have forgotten where you posted, use Google Groups Advanced Search
and search for your name. Next time, don't multipost.

Briefly, boot the computer with NTpasswd, make the local Administrator
account password a blank, log in to the *local* Administrator account.
Now remove the domain connection. It would be smart to make another
local user account while you're there.

http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm - multiposting vs.
crossposting

Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
Anonymous
September 20, 2005 8:32:12 PM

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TimBud wrote:
> No, Admin or my other login, both admin's will not let me log in. Just asks
> for my password. I have tried all pw's that I have had in the past that I
> know of. What xcould the pw possibly be and where would the machine generate
> another pw on it's own like that?
>
> "Halfbyte" wrote:
>
>
>>Was this machine part of a domain? If so does the Admin account allow you to
>>login? Have you tried using Remote Desktop Connection from another PC?
>>
>>"TimBud" wrote:
>>
>>
>>>Hello:
>>>
>>>I went into system properties, wgilethere, changed the computer name, it
>>>asked me to re-boot abd noiw I can't log on. As far as I know it was only set
>>>up as a workgroup and not a domain.; This is one PC and is used at home. I am
>>>currently on an old HD that I installed on the same machine with XP and I can
>>>see and access my current HD (the one that I can't log on to), but I want it
>>>back the way it was, I have all of my prog's installed there, etc etc. Plus
>>>want that HD as my Master and my existing Slave is not connected since I have
>>>this one on here right now. Can I not just copy a security file from this
>>>newly installed copy of XP into the correct folder on my other HD to reset
>>>the GP?
>>>
>>>I know there has got to be something I can do just don't know what! I don't
>>>want to try to install over my existing XP with the chance of losing
>>>everything, have already installed over it twice before.
>>>
>>>Thanks so much!

Hi,

You could try this.....Never tried it myself but remember it from a
while ago.

Login to your OLD installation of Winxp. Go to

<MAIN windows folder>\system32\

That is the windows folder for the system you cannot log in to.

Find a program called LOGON.scr. Rename it (e.g. LOGON.SCR.bck) and
back it up to a safe location.

In the same folder find a program called CMD.exe and make a copy of
it. Rename the copied CMD.exe to LOGON.SCR.

Reboot your computer to your MAIN windows install. When the logon
screen appears go have a cup of tea..... or whatever.... Basically you
must wait for the screensaver to be activated. This should take about 15
mins. Obviously, dont use keyboard or move mouse while you are waiting!

Once the screensaver activates, Windows should load the CMD.exe
program instead of the LOGON.SCR program (because of the changes
outlined above). You should now have a command prompt with full access
to your MAIN windows install.

I think the following command will reset the administrator password.

net user administrator 123456

You should now be able to reboot a final time and login with user
ADMINISTRATOR and password 123456.

Finally, recover the saved LOGON.SCR file back to its original location.

Hope it works. Good luck.

MonkeyNo5.
!