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I made a change on two Win2000 computers from a being member of my company's Domain to Workgroup and can't login

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I work from home and access my company's network via a VPN connection.  I have been attempting to share a printer between two computers at home.  In the process, I tried changing from being a member of my company's Domain to being a member of a local workgroup that I tried to define.  Using System>Network Identification>Properties I made the change from a being member of my company's Domain to being a member of a Workgroup and now I can't login on one of the machines.  When I made the change (on both computers) I received a message (on both computers) that I was disjoined from the Domain plus something else indicating it wasn't quite complete, I assumed this was because I was not connected to my company's network via VPN at the time.  I then received a 'Welcome to WORKGROUP' message for the new Workgroup I was trying to define on each computer.

Now on one of the machines I can login past the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen using my old username and password, but the desktop and applications look like a new install.  It is not how I had the environment before I made the 'member of' change described above.  When I try to run Microsoft applications (Word, Outlook, etc.) the machine looks like it wants to do a reinstall of the applications.  On this machine, I have tried to switch back to being a member of my company's domain, but I receive a message stating 'Access denied' after entering my username and password for the prompt that says enter these for an account with permission to join the domain.  Is there any way for me to get back on my company's Domain?

On the second machine I cannot login at all.  I have tried using the same username and password that worked previously, and I receive the message "The system could not log you in.  Make sure the username and Domain are correct..."  The login window has just two lines - no line for the domain; this is the same on both machines.  I don't understand why I can login on one mahcine and not the other.  Is there any way for me to log on to the machine with a default password or username?
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Read this, its a simmilar Q. Lots of info there

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_20543856.html
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by:Goldwing
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I do have to warn you, there are tools suggested by people on that Q that if you do not own the computer(s) might get you into trouble because you are hacking the administrator password.

Hope this helps.

G' Luck
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by:NunnyRose
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Goldwing,

Thanks for the link, it allowed me to login to computer #2.  I'm not sure if it is legitimate for me to ask a follow on question since I am totally new to EE, but is there anyway for me to get either of these computers back to the point where I was before without going into the office?  For me this could be either:

a) Get back into company Domain (it appears from other info I've seen here that will require a trip into the office) and login as before I messed things up.

-or-

b) Get user settings from old login (Domain) somehow 'stuffed into' the current login (Local)

If I need to ask a new question to get this answered, I'll be glad to.
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by:NunnyRose
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Goldwing,

Thanks for the link, it allowed me to login to computer #2.  I'm not sure if it is legitimate for me to ask a follow on question since I am totally new to EE, but is there anyway for me to get either of these computers back to the point where I was before without going into the office?  For me this could be either:

a) Get back into company Domain (it appears from other info I've seen here that will require a trip into the office) and login as before I messed things up.

-or-

b) Get user settings from old login (Domain) somehow 'stuffed into' the current login (Local)

If I need to ask a new question to get this answered, I'll be glad to.
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by:Goldwing
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The only way to get you computer back into the domain, you need the administrator password or a account that can add the computer back in the domain.

There might be a way to copy your profile from the office account to the local account, but to do this you have to know what you are doing..

The safest way is taking the PC back to the office and let an admin put it back into the domain.
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by:Goldwing
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There might be a way to copy your profile from the office account to the local account, but to do this you have to know what you are doing..
...


are you still able to get into this PC? or are you locked out?
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by:Goldwing
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If you ar NOT locked out of this PC,

make yourself a new account on the PC with administrator rights, start -> settings -> control panel -> Users -> Advanced -> Advanced -> Users -> Now rightclick in the right field -> New User -> Enter a new username (i.e. temp) and enter a password, click OK.
Now click on "Groups", double click on Administrators, click on "Add" and look for temp, double click on temp.
Press OK.

now logoff and logon as temp

next, start -> settings -> control panel -> System -> User Profiles

now look for the username u used when you logged in the domain, leftclick it, copy to -> and put it into your local profile directory in c:\documents and settings\

AND DON"T forget to change the rights before you press OK in the "Permitted to use" section.

Going to bed now.. 4:10 am here now, let me know if it worked otherwise i'll try to help you out again.

G' luck.
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by:NunnyRose
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Goldwing,

Thanks for the link, it allowed me to login to computer #2.  I'm not sure if it is legitimate for me to ask a follow on question since I am totally new to EE, but is there anyway for me to get either of these computers back to the point where I was before without going into the office?  For me this could be either:

a) Get back into company Domain (it appears from other info I've seen here that will require a trip into the office) and login as before I messed things up.

-or-

b) Get user settings from old login (Domain) somehow 'stuffed into' the current login (Local)

If I need to ask a new question to get this answered, I'll be glad to.
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by:NunnyRose
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Wow, you are up way too late, somewhere in Europe I'm guessing based on the time.  It's only 10pm here, so I still have time to mess this up some more :(.  Thanks for the help, I'll give it a whirl as I can now get onto both machines.  The boot disk did work to allow me to change a local password.  I'll let you know how it turns out and give you kudo's afterwards...
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by:NunnyRose
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Wow, you are up way too late, somewhere in Europe I'm guessing based on the time.  It's only 10pm here, so I still have time to mess this up some more :(.  Thanks for the help, I'll give it a whirl as I can now get onto both machines.  The boot disk did work to allow me to change a local password.  I'll let you know how it turns out and give you kudo's afterwards...
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by:NunnyRose
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Wow, you are up way too late, somewhere in Europe I'm guessing based on the time.  It's only 10pm here, so I still have time to mess this up some more :(.  Thanks for the help, I'll give it a whirl as I can now get onto both machines.  The boot disk did work to allow me to change a local password.  I'll let you know how it turns out and give you kudo's afterwards...
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by:NunnyRose
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Goldwing,

The option to copy the user profiel was grayed out for the Domain account, so I couldn't do it the way you mentioned, but I was able to get the settings to the new account by copying the directory structure for the user under "C:\Documents and Settings" manually in Windows Explorer.  Thanks again for your help!
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