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Think ive changed boot mode and cant get into windows

Hi guys

I have been setting up a wireless network and this was my last machine.

I was just checking the "my computer" properties and it is set to workgroup but also i think it used to be on a domain at some point in its life, but the current owner doesnt know much about this....


I rebooted the pc and usually I press control alt and delete, it comes up with a message box about authorised access and so on too. and then I type in the password (lowercase) and windows loads

But now the authorisation box does not disappear, I have a feeling I clicked on a box or something in the "my computer" properties and the original password is now being declined

I have tried changing the user to administrator, ive tried a "blank" password and ive rebooted abt 20 times trying all the different comfigurations such as safe mode, last knoen good configuration and so on.

Because Im not sure what ive done im not sure whats wrong, maybe there is something in the bios.

The PC is windows 2000 professional
office 2000 profressional
The machine is a HP Compaq dx6100mt

**Originally it did have xp professional installed a long time ago, but it wasnt compatible for the company software**

So thats why its on 2000 pro

I hope someone can help me please

Aura
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centrepcCommented:
Sounds like you have changed what you are logging on to.  Local computer vs. domain.  If you cannot see the log onto option below user and password select more or options so you an see that option and try selecting the different computers or domains listed there.  

Unless you specifically know the local administrator password keep using the same user you know was working.  Changing users will only add new unknown variable to your problem.

Do you remember what all tabs you went into in the system properties.  Sounds like network identification.  But it would be helpful to narrow down the problem if we knew all the tabs you were in.

 




 
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Yeah it was network identification but it started a wizard thing up so I clicked cancel on that

other thing I did was click on "properties" below the Network ID button


well I have got the username as "barbara" which is has always been

Not sure what else I can tell you

aura
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Where it says "log onto" all it lists is the internet dialup connections and they just fail and im still stuck at where I was

mat
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arshanaCommented:
You can try this . When it asks you for the username and password remove the network cable and then click login. once you are logged in plug the cable back. Also if you are no longer on the domain disjoin the computer from the domain.
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The_IT_GarageCommented:
Click START.....RUN....CMD
hit OK
this should bring up a DOX box (err, command prompt)
type SET and hit enter

what does it say for USERPROFILE=?
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The_IT_GarageCommented:
Oops....you can't get into this PC at all?
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Im not connected to any network currently,  I was in the process of setting up a home wireless network, but after a reboot ive no longer been able to access the pc

Mat
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
I have a feeling ive changed from a domain to a workgroup profile or something like that

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centrepcCommented:
When you boot into safe mode the only option to login to should be the local computer.  Does it still list the dial up connections even in safe mode.
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The_IT_GarageCommented:
Is there a checkbox on "log on using dial up connection"? If so, uncheck it
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centrepcCommented:
Sounds like you removed it from a domain and you don't have the correct local administrator password
there are lots of utilities to recovery lost passwords.  You may have to pay a little

  http://www.password-changer.com/order.htm
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The_IT_GarageCommented:
I'm confused. When you power it up in safe mode you get asked for login credentials, correct? Are you able to login to this PC at all or is that the issue here? It does sounds like you changed it to a workgroup profile as centrepc said in which case you need to know the admin or other local users credentials to get in. Try logging in as Administrator and try "password" or "administrator" as the password.    Do you know who installed 2000 on this machine? they might know that the local admin password was. It's also possible the local admin password was renamed in wchich case hopefully the installer of 2000 would remember that as well.
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The_IT_GarageCommented:
I mean local admin *account* could have been renamed...
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rindiCommented:
You should be able to reset the passwort using the one of the tools on the UBCD. After that you can logon to the PC and create a new password.

http://ultimatebootcd.com
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Hi I have created the ultimate boot cd

I have downloaded the ISO image and the cd doesnt boot from the ISO

I have also tried to extract the ISO and its converted to a virtual cone drive with my cd clone program.

I can not get any further with this program

Can anyone help me to make it bootable please im really stuggling

thanks
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Ok i went back and looked at www.password-changer.com  and logged into the administrator account

when I types in "barbara" as the other user it said it didnt exist.

However, while logged in I have gone to system properties and there are three profiles

1) Account unknown - 522kb
2) Account unknown - 5548kb
3) barbararemote/administrator - 935kb

I think im logged into the administrator one, however the 2) unknown account has 5548kb as opposed to the other accounts with a lot less as you can see above

I think this relates to user data?

I think i need to login the the "2) unknown account"  but how do i do this?

mat
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rindiCommented:
You have to use a cd burning software like nero, then navigate to "Recorder", "Burn Image" and then select the iso file. This will create a bootable CD.
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chris_bolCommented:
It sounds like you have taken the machine off the domain and are trying to log in with a local account which you don't have the password fro.  I have used the tool available for FREE here and had no problems. http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/  I'd advise making a backup first though, just in case :-)
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys

In the end I used password changer and while logged is as administrator I could copy the documents over to a new profile

Thanks

Mat
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