January 13th, 2013, 12:04 PM
Urgent help: How to login to XP
I was playing with my computer and I changed the name of my computer and changed from domain to workgroup .
But now when I try to login I can not, it says 'make sure user name and domain are correct'
January 13th, 2013, 08:03 PM
Hopefully you have a local computer account that is enabled. Under logon options, instead of logging on with domain\username try computername\username. You can try either logging in as Administrator or your domain account if it's a local account.
January 13th, 2013, 10:42 PM
Sorry I don't understand.
When you login to your computer you put your username and password.
So you saying instead of user name put your computer name ?
January 14th, 2013, 03:07 PM
Not exactly. In Windows XP, at the logon screen, select the drop down menu for, "log on to:". From there choose your computer name. This will allow you to logon as a local account. These accounts are notated as "<insert computer name>\user" vs a domain account <microsoft\user>. Hopefully the local administrator account on your PC is not disabled; or your domain account was added to the local administrators group on your PC.
You can read more about it here.
January 15th, 2013, 12:06 AM
With XP you should be able to use "Administrator" usually with a blank password. The administrator account is enabled by default in XP, and will not have a password unless whoever did the initial XP installation added one.
When you dis-join your computer from the domain you remove the connection to the domain user base, so you really need to make sure you know a local user administrator account before you change the computer from a domain computer to a workgroup computer.
There are some recovery tools you can find with google to help you get logged back on your XP but such tools are not foolproof. If you are stuck and need to recover files, you can boot a linux live cd which will let you get to your hard drive files.
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