Domain changed to Workgroup Cannot Log On

Posted on 2005-04-11
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I was working on my corporate laptop, and reset from domain to a workgroup, hoping to be able to use my printers. The laptop rebooted, and I was not able to log in. The corporate laptop is running SP2, I do not know the Administrator password, but I tried to reset it using the lLinux Emergency Boot CD-Rom by Mikhail Kupchik, the program ran, but the password reset did not take. If I don't get this fixed by morning, I will be in deep shit!
Question by:timky1
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    Expert Comment

    Try the boot floppy found here:

    It has worked for me several times on sales force laptops from the field or on a desktop so old no one remembers the admin pwd.
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    Accepted Solution

    your in deep crap, cause you cannot rejoin the domain anyway (you need a network admin account to do that)

    not only that, you now have a local admin that doesnt match the corporate standard. the best best is to fess up to your IT guys, and cop a "im stupid" plea that you were just following a guide you found on the internet on how to get it working.

    what your after, is to have your account added to the machine as a local admin. that allows you to add/create local connections, printers, etc. so that its a fully functional laptop off the corporate lan.
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    Expert Comment

    Actually, by default, a non-admin user can add 10 computer accounts to a domain unless they have changed the default policy (heard in an MCSE class).

    Author Comment

    You were correct, although your answer did not really help. The Admin took away my local admin previlages.

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