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By nayman ·
I am locked out of my system! I am running Win2K Pro on an IBM ThinkPad Laptop and the other day I restarted my system after having it on for several day or so and when I try to log back in it tells me that the user is not allowed to log in interactively according to the local security policy. The administrator account is also blocked from interactive logon! Either something I had changed in the policy a while ago made this happen because I had probably not rebooted since or someone else had done it. I was hoping someone may have an idea of how I can get around this to get into my system and change the policy (like a secret Microsoft logon that has ultimate access) or something else I can do to correct this. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated so I can avoid being stuck on hold with Microsoft support. Thanks in advance.

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by timwalsh In reply to Locked Out Of Windows

There is no "secret" Microsoft backdoor.

Your choices are very limited:

The only way to change the local security policy is for the local computer administrator (or the domain administrator if the computer is joined to a domain) to log on and change the policy. If even the administrator is being blocked, then you are kind of stuck. The only way out that I can think of is to reinstall the operating system.

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by nayman In reply to Locked Out Of Windows

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by Netuser In reply to Locked Out Of Windows

All you have to do is delete or rename the SAM file in \\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG.
Caution: it deletes all the accounts other than the administrator. Just sign-on as administrator without a password. good luck.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Locked Out Of Windows

You weren't making changes to the Local Group Policy applet in the Control Panel, were you? Because it sounds like you either a) removed yourself from the "Log on Locally" right or b) added youself to the "Deny Logon Locally" right.
Either way, this is a big problem.

Ok, I found the following in Technet article 228460:

Local Group Policy Objects (LGPO)
Windows creates the Local Group Policy Object automatically. The administrator of the computer can use the LGPO to define settings of their own, but GPO's at the domain can override the local settings.

When you create an LGPO, you create the following folder:
%SystemRoot%\SYSTEM32\GroupPolicy

When you use the "Administrative Template" settings for the first time, the Inetres.adm and System.adm files are copied from the INF folder on the local computer to the appropriate ADM folder under the GroupPolicy folder. When an ADM template is added to a Local Group Policy Object (LGPO), the ADM file from the location the user specified is copied to this folder.

When the administrator opens the Local Group Policy Object again, the ADM file loads from the ADM folder under the GroupPolicy folder.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Locked Out Of Windows

So, here is what I am thinking. Now, I have NEVER tested this, so hopefully this suggestion won't make things worse!
Ok, you need to boot into the Win2K Recovery Console. If you installed it as a bootable option, then just reboot and choose it.
Ifyou did not install it, then just boot off a Win2KPro cd, then choose Recovery Console.
Once RC is loaded, you will be asked for the Administrator account password. I hope you have that! Ok, you log into RC.
Then go to C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32 and RENAME the GroupPolicy folder (call it GroupPolicyOld). I "think" you will be able to do this!

Ok, now reboot normally, and try to log in.

Hopefully, now that the Local Group Policy folder was renamed, Windows will not be able to find the .ADM fileswhere the policy settings are kept. And if it can't find the local policy, then it can't enforce it!
And if it can't enforce it, it "should" let you log in!

Good luck!!!!

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by Brien_Posey In reply to Locked Out Of Windows

Just use ERD Commander from Winternals (www.winternals.com) to reset the password from outside of Windows.

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