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Changed domain to workgroup but no local users

Posted on 2007-10-05
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I was trying to network 2 computers one was  a new computer and the other was a computer that was set up by a company that is no longer around.  The old computer was set to a domain, so I could not network them together to share the files.  I removed the old computer from the Domain and put it on a Workgroup and then restarted the computer.  The problem I have now is that there is no way to log into the computer because all of the local users including administrator have been disabled.  Is there a way from ubuntu, or some other boot disk to re-enable one of the local users so that I can get back on the computer?
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yes try to download hirens boot cd. there is some user and password ressting tools
Beware that some of the program on this boot CD are not properly licensed so you use illegal software


or a free alternative ultimate boot cd (i havent tried this one but i think there is some tools that can help you)


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how many user do you have?

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I've had to do this before.  First thing you'll want to do is boot with the Windows Ultimate bootcd.
Follow the instructions on this site to make one:  http://www.ubcd4win.com/
Boot up the CD to the Windows Environment and then Explorer to look under Documents and Settings and copy all of the "CACHED" user profiles over to  another folder on the hard drive.  Then what you will need to do is use the password reset tool on the boot screen of the CD to reset the administrator password to blank or something you know.  Then you can boot into the administrator and make new users for whatever people you have and copy their documents, etc... over to the new user profiles in Documents and Settings.

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Author ever coming back?

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After moving the user files I was able to log on as administrator without reseting password or anything.  Sorry it took so long to get back I was just able to try it.

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