My laptop with Windows XP Pro SP2 will not let me log on at startup. The unit crashed. I loaded XP again in repair mode. When it rebooted, the screen looked like it was in safe mode. I cannot logon to administartor or regular password. Both are the same password. When I try to logon I get a promp that reads "The local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactively". What do I do??
as found here, near the bottom of the page: "about the administrative accounts on Windows XP Pro and Home and all service packs. There is a hidden administrator account that has master privleges to all. to access this account: 1. Be at the welcome screen, 2. press CTRL+ALT+DELETE twice, 3. type administrator in the username box, and leave the password blank, it should log you on, if it doesn't and says the account is disabled, log back on to your account and follow these steps:
a. start>run and type CMD
b. type net user administrator active:yes
(this turns on the account, even though it is on, it is not visible in the user account control panel, so to set your password will be a little different. follow steps aa - bb to set the password, otherwise you may now follow steps 1-3 above.
aa. start>run and type cmd
bb. type net user administrator password here
(be sure the password contains no spaces- this will have set the password, you may now follow steps 1-3 above, except: type your password in the password box)
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chairman email: email@example.com
Support staff: firstname.lastname@example.org
company email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Providing Technical Support, our own software and games, other companies software and games, hardware, office tools.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!"
If it works for you, it might be good manners to email him a thanks.
Then Boot into XP using Safe Mode, control panel>user accounts, and edit your logon.
I found three possibilities when I googled "local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactively." Two require that you actually access Windows to fix, and you cannot access Windows. The third is to do another repair install. I suggest that you follow the steps and procedures as suggested by Michael Stevens (here). As you repair install, either leave the the administrator password blank, or be sure to write it down.