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Cannot log on to domain because domain name changed!

I am trying to log on to my Windows 2000 Professional workstation, and I get the following message:

The system cannot log you on now because the domain XXXXX is not available.

The domain name XXXXX is not the domain that I want to log in to , but I can't find any way to change the domain.  I usually log in to domain YYYYY.  I don't know why the domain changed or what I an do to fix it.  Please help!  I can't use this workstation at all!!
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi lford8300,

in the drop down box can you select your other domain? are you able to log on locally
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lford8300Author Commented:
There is no drop down box to select another domain or to log on locally.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
same thing in safe mode?
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lford8300Author Commented:
Yes.  Same thing in safe mode.
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sda100Commented:
Hi lford8300,

You may not see a drop-down box at the login screen.  If this is the case, can you click the "Options" button?  Does it show you the Domain dropdown box then?

You could also try booting into Safe Mode.  There is no network in safe mode so you will by default be logging into the machine itself.  Even though you won't be able to choose a new domain to join at this stage, you can at least move the machine into a workgroup so you can log on when you boot up normally.

To move the machine to a workgroup:

- Right-click "My Computer", choose "Properties-->Computer Name-->Change"
- Put a dot in the Workgroup option, and type anything for the name of your workgroup (it doesn't matter)

When you reboot, log in as normal and attempt to join the new domain.

I hope this helps,
Steve :)
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lford8300Author Commented:
When I boot into safe mode, I get the exact same message.

It's like it is still trying to log on to the domain.
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lford8300Author Commented:
Sorry, I forgot to add that when I click the options button, I still do not get a drop-down box with domains or the local machine name.
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glenn_1984Commented:
Do what sda100 said.  That will fix it.  
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lford8300Author Commented:
Thanks to everyone for the help so far.

Even when I boot into safe mode and try to log on, I get the message that says:

The system cannot log you on now because the domain XXXXX is not available.

The name of the domain in the message is the same as my computer name.  Maybe there is some way to change the domain information at the command line?

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sda100Commented:
"The name of the domain in the message is the same as my computer name"

That would suggest yhat you're not in a 'domain' right now.  The domain in this case would be the computer itself.  All you need to do is log in, and join a domain as usual.  If you have problems with joining a domain, either change the computer's name, or change the name of the workgroup/domain which it thinks it's in, then reboot.

Steve :)
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lford8300Author Commented:
If I could log in, this would work, but the essence of my problem is that I can't log in.

No matter what I try, I get the message:

The system cannot log you on now because the domain XXXXX is not available.
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KidLibCommented:
lford8300,

Take a look at the following article from Microsoft's KB:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/244671/en-us

Let me know how it turns out :)
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lford8300Author Commented:
Thanks, KidLib - this looks promising.

Now I just need to find my Win 2K Pro CD...

I'll keep you posted.
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lford8300Author Commented:
Thanks KidLib.

I searched the MS KB - I don't know how I missed this.
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