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Windows XP wont let me logon

By kyle ·
I recently inherited a workstation from my office. I tried to switch it from a domain to an individual workgroup and set up accounts for my wife and I. As discribed in an earlier discussion, i followed the instructions closely and upon restarting the station, i cannot logon to any account (error saying "please make sure user name, passwork and domain are correct". Please advise me as to how i can bypass this control as all usernames and passwords seem to be incorrect.

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Fdisk

by Jellimonsta In reply to Windows XP wont let me lo ...

I would recommend you perform an fdisk and a format of the hard drive along with a clean install of XP.
If you do not have the XP CD you should contact the admin who gave you the workstation, and request the XP CD media.
Good luck.

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I agree ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Fdisk

Otherwise this system will contain all manner of data that should not be seen outside of the company environment.

It is also most likely to never work properly unless it is reconnected to the domain it is now cut off from.

Reinstall XP from fresh.

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Agreed

by mamies In reply to I agree ...
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No, not a repair install....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Agreed

and that's what the article you posted was about. This person wants to wipe the drive and start over, leaving no traces of the previous owner. It should have been done by the company techs before the company released it to him.

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i did mean fresh install

by mamies In reply to No, not a repair install. ...

I just copied the wrong page link over to here, OOOPS sorry for the misdirection

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Get Your IT Support to Reset the Local PW

by KhongPhuTu In reply to Windows XP wont let me lo ...

Get your IT Support Team to reset the local Admin password using ERD (2003, 2005, etc.).

It can reset any system password and it's much quicker than reloading the OS, all the patches, and all the apps. It can take as little as 10 minutes.

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but

by mamies In reply to Get Your IT Support to Re ...

The old company data and software has already clogged this machine up slowing it down and making it "messy". Also sinse it is off a domain it may not work with many things because they may have been used on the domain

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Free! Free! Free! did I mention Free!

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows XP wont let me lo ...

I have to agree with ThumbsUp2 as it should never have left the premises while it was still connected to a Business Domain.
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It may be time to wipe the Hard Drive for a fresh start with an alternative and free Operating System.
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Darik's Boot and Nuke.
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http://dban.sourceforge.net/
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Autonuke should do it by running it at least 3 times.
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Recreate your Partitions using PCLinuxOS and you should be good to go.
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http://www.pclinuxos.com/index.php?option=com_ionfiles&Itemid=28
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<b>Jaqui's Video</b> on how to install it should have you up and running in no time.
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http://showmedo.com/videos/video?name=1950000&fromSeriesID=195
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More Help:
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Linux command line terminology - 2.3
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http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/shell.html
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