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By Casemaker ·
I have a client machine(notebook)running W XP Pro. He logs onto a domain at work. He wanted to set up a home network and share the printer connected to his home desktop with the work notebook. I went into system properties/computer name clicked on change selected workgroup and gave it the name of the home workgroup. It then said I would need to reboot. After the reboot it comes up to the ctrl+alt+del scren to log on and then to a log onto windows box with the same name as the user would log onto the domain at work. The password he uses to log onto the domain at work does not work. It appears as though it is looking for a windows user and password that he never remembers having to use.

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by Casemaker In reply to log off domain onto workg ...

I was able to blank out the admin password and it logged on locally. System properties under computer name shows as the computer name and the workgroup is listed. Now when I click on the change button and try to join the domain I get this error. A domain controller for the domain could not be contacted.
Ensure that the doamin is typed correctly. I have entered the correct doamin name.

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by CG IT In reply to log off domain onto workg ...

well W2K techman has the right answer. Initially the user should not have rejoined the computer to the workgroup , instead, log on locally to achieve what he wants to do. This requires a local user account or knowing the local admin account. That way the user can log on locally when not at work, yet still log on to the domain while at work. One does not have to change the computers domain membership to be able to use the computer while logged on locally though programs installed while connected to the domain wont have shortcuts on the desktop. Some programs may not fuction at all if they are terminal services programs that run from a server.

If the user changed the laptop's membership from the domain to the workgroup, hes gonna have to rejoin the domain. Without an admin password or rights to join computers to the domain [which normally admins don't dole out that right] he can't. So that means the admins at work will know what hes up to or tried to do. No way around it unless XP restore was enabled and theres a restore point before he tried this.

Again, IF this is a work laptop, I believe that deny log on locally was probably set to keep people from doing just that is described here. Any admin would set deny log on locally to a work owned laptop and disable the guest account and rename the admin account and set up a dummy admin account to keep people from trying to hack in locally. Better course of action is to just ask the admin for a local user account. There are registry hacks to reset the local admin user account but that still won't resolve the domain membership problem. Only solves logging on locally.

Again, sorry but theres not way to rejoin the work domain without admins account and password or delegated authority to join computers to the domain.

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by RCOM In reply to log off domain onto workg ...

By changing to the workgroup you lost his profile for the domain. The users folder and info are still there but the profile would have to be rebuilt. Can be done but is tricky and requires being connected to the domain.

The best bet is to regain access by changing the admin password and then run system restore.

To change the administrator password use

http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

Before you run system restore give his normal login administrative rights. Login locally using that account then run the restore. After the restore is complete login as the adminstrator and reset his account to the way it was at first.

Whew, good luck

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Thanks this worked.

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by Casemaker In reply to log off domain onto workg ...

W2KTechman answer again and I will award you the points.
Thanks for your answer, I used restore to place it back before I logged off the domain and it works.

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