Windows XP home suddenly prompting for Windows login - how can I bypass?
Posted on 2008-10-14
I have a Dell Dimension 5150. Last week it suddenly started asking me for Windows login information. Prior to this it just booted without any prompting. I have tried administrator with no password and with various other passwords I might have set a long time (if in fact I ever did set a password) but I always get the error message "The local policy of this system does not permit you to logon interactively".
When I google around a bit, this message seems to be related to Remote Desktop but I have never used remote desktop and the OS is Windows XP Home which I don't think supports remote desktop anyway.
Things I have tried:
- ctrl-alt-del twice to enter administrator as username and various guesses at password including blank
- booting in safe mode ... this just results in getting to the same point where I am prompted for a windows login
- I changed the boot order in BIOS to boot from CD and I reinserted the orginal XP home disc but again this just results in getting me to the same point - i.e. I am prompted to login.
I have Norton Utilities which I also tried but I couldn't do anything useful with it either.
Any suggestions anyone?