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No dropdown choices when logging on to Windows

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I have set up a network between a Windows ME system and a Windows 2000 system. When logging on to the Windows 2000 system there is no drop down choice to log on to "This Computer". I have a local administrator account set up, but I can't log on using the username and password. I need to install some software.

How can I get to the logon screen where I can choose "This Computer".
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There are several possibilities here:
* On a domain member, the dropdown box will only appear if you click the "Options >>" button (it will then show up as "Options <<", and give you the Dial-In logon option as well).
* On a domain member, if the dropdown box is greyed out, you're trying to log on with a UPN name (user@some.domain.local), in that case, the domain name box can't be used; use the NetBIOS user name instead.
* If this is a Domain Controller, it will only have the domain name (and maybe domain names with established trusts) in the dropdown box; there is no such thing as a "local logon" on a DC (unless you count the Directory Services Restore Mode).
* If none of the above applies, the machine isn't a domain member, but a stand-alone machine that's "member" of a workgroup. In this case you won't (for the obvious reason) have a domain dropdown box.
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It is a standalone machine, but was once part of a network. When it was I added the local user, but didnot give them administrator rights.

If I reconnect the machine to our network, would the Domain choices reappear.

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Is there another way change permissions if an admin account does not exist on the current setup?
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Well, reconnecting the machine to the domain won't work, as you'd need a (local) administrator account to do that, and by that time, you won't need to add it to the domain anymore...
If the local user account you know doesn't have administrative permissions, and you don't remember the original local administrator's name, all you can do is to use a tool to reset the password. You might try to logon with the user account and check the existing user accounts, maybe you remember one administrative account's password.
If not, try the solutions offered here:
http:Q_20731691.html
http:Q_20089467.html
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I know one of the administrators passwords, but it won't accept it. I will try some more, or use a tool. Thank you.
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