I received this from a fellow technician:
I am becoming more aware (and frustrated with) an issue
with XP Pro when trying to remove it from a domain.
The system in question was physically removed from the
domain and not able to be 'removed' by an approved user.
The system was then moved to a workgroup (without having a
local user account set up prior - a key point I am
learning). As the domain name was removed and the
workgroup name applied, XP asked for an appropriate
username and password for the domain it was leaving.
I left the username and password blank, clicked ok, and a
few hourglass spins later was welcomed to the workgroup.
XP then prompted for the obligaroty reboot. No prompts,
no warnings, and sure as heck no "STOP YOU CANNOT DO
What I am finding now is that the user info is still there
in the SAM, but XP is not allowing any login whatsoever.
The majority of accounts are disabled (or are so corrupt
that they are read that way) and I'm stuck...
I simply cannot believe this issue has not been more
common, and/or a fix doesn't exist. Any thoughts?
Anyone want to take a crack at it?