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Server 2003 administrator password problem

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mark_D74Flag for Ireland asked on
Windows Server 2003
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I have a machine running Server 2003 Standard.  Yesterday, this went down and failed to boot back into windows and a member of staff did some kind of repair install using the Server 2003 disk.  Now, we cannot log into it as none of the user/password combinations for domain accounts work (including the machine's own administrator account).  I have reset the actual machine's administrator password (using sysinternals ERD disk) and can log in using directory services restore mode. But, windows immediately insists that it must be reactivated. When I click 'yes' to reactivate, nothing happens.  There are steps from MS on how to resolve this by logging in in safe mode.  But for some reason, in safe mode, the same password will not allow me in at all.  Has anyone any idea whats going on here and how I can log in in safe mode?
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