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win xp pro won't log in

By mbpjc ·
I just did a clean full install of win xp pro and on first boot at the logon screen, after entering the password I get the message:
System can not log you on due to the following error: The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted. Please try again or consult your system administrator. OK
Then the log on screen reappears and a did you forget your password Please type it again. this becomes and endless loop. I even booted in safe mode and the Administrator and user logins produce the same error. Any suggestions or should I just reinstall?

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by Digital_DNA In reply to win xp pro won't log in

Follow these instructions and get back to us.

When you get to the login screen, press Ctrl+Alt+Del. Note: you must press delete twice while holding in Ctrl+Alt. When the next screen appears, type Administrator in the user box and leave the password blank.

I suspect that when you installed XP you set it up as domain computer. If this is the case I would recomnmend you start over. There are ways around it but much too complicated to explain here.

Good Luck
ebcdic

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by donmars In reply to win xp pro won't log in

You are logging in as a memeber of a domain, which you are not on a domain. You need to log in to a workgroup. if you had set the comp up as a member of a domain then see if you can log on local and go change your computer name and make it a member of a workgroup. At the logon page drop down select and select "this computer" or whatever the computername is then right click network neighborhood go to properties > identification and change computer name and make member of a WORKGROUP.

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by mbpjc In reply to win xp pro won't log in

Thanks for the suggestions. I tried both but got the same errors. I reformatted and reinstalled. it works now.

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Sorry I posted this in the wrong place. My bad.

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by mbpjc In reply to win xp pro won't log in

Tried that already. Same result.

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by mbpjc In reply to win xp pro won't log in

Thanks for the suggestions. I finally reformatted and reinstalled. It works now.

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