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Changed from Domain to Workgroup - can't get in

By morningclam ·
Have been working with a company laptop, getting it set up the way I like to, etc.

Windows XP Pro, Compaq nc6400

The usual security login with username and pw.

We are on a domain and at home I am on my own wireless. In order in get into the network we go via VPN. Obviosly, at the office we are plugged in to the network.

Now here is the problem. As an experiment I decided to switch the Domain over to my Workgroup so that I could load some personal files directly from my personal computer on my home wireless. When I rebooted the laptop so the change could take effect. I can no longer login.

The only other option I have is to wait to get back to work and plug into to office network in the hopes it will let me login.

Any work arounds would be appreciated, otherwise I think I'll have to re-image.

Have been through all the F8 options.

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Domain -> Workgroup problem

by sizif In reply to Changed from Domain to Wo ...

Once you change membership on your laptop from the domain to the workgroup you don't login to the same account anymore, and password are likely different.

Try logging to administrator's account, by default it does not have password.

If it does have the password, it could be removed, or you can join the domain again and log in to the old company account.

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No local account.

by 1bn0 In reply to Changed from Domain to Wo ...

When you log in as a domain user, your credentials are verified against the domain server.

When you removed the machine from the domain you told the machine to assume authority over user log in's, user account.

As you do not have a local machine user account you do not have a username and password to authenticate to the local machine and get access.


As this is a work machine I would expect there IS an administrator password.


ALL of the machines here at work have the administrator password set. This prevents the users from logging on locally and making hardware configuration changes to the machines. There are no local user accounts on the computers.

You most likely will have to get a domain administrator at work to rejoin your machine to the domain at work.

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