the system cannot log you on because the domain is not available

I am unable to login to my XP pro desktop.  I am getting the message that the system cannot log you on because the domain is not available.  This machine is not connected to the domain any longer but I thought I should still be able to login.
Hurricane4Asked:
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B HCommented:
if the password was cached, it will let you in... but some admins put a group policy to disable this.

try logging on as the local administrator with a blank password
under 'options' make it say "this computer" and not the domain
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dexITCommented:
You need a local log in to get in at this point. Your machine is still technically joined to the domain, until you remove it from the domain. Right click, My Computer->Properties->Computer Name->Move it to a work group.

What you need to do now is either:
A) Acquire the local administrator password
B) Use a password recovery tool such as ERD commander, [Admin Edit] or UBD to change the admin password.
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Hurricane4Author Commented:
Yeah... tried that... and no dice.  I am assuming that it is something to do with the GP... if that is the case do I have any other options?  Tnx!
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dexITCommented:
and yes, as mentioned above, you need to select "this computer" and not the domain when logging in under the local account.
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B HCommented:
at this point you need a boot cd that will reset the local administrator password for you... here's an easy one:
http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

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mrcannonCommented:
Use the Offline NT password and registry editor
http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
run the utility enable the local admin account if needed and then blank the password

This is included on the Ultimate Boot CD.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
 I would recommend downloading and burning an ISO of this disk (replaces a box full of old boot disk utilities)
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AwinishCommented:
It can be either secure channel has been broken or dns issue.

Rejoin the system into domain by cleaning old entries of machine & see to it NIC is update with latest driver.
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Hurricane4Author Commented:
Tried the Offline NT password utilitly but with no luck... I am gong to run it again... I am sure it was me not running it right....
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btdownloads7Commented:
The best way to reset the admin pssword is to use Erd2005 or Erd 2007. It has a password locksmith feature that works 100% of the time. You can the log into the computer (local computer, not domain) and un-join the domain.
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B HCommented:
i dont think he wants to shell out $300 for ERD he's only going to use one time...

in the offline password reset cd i mentioned, basically all you have to do is hit enter a few times, pick the administrator account, and give it a password

be careful at the end when it says "about to write changes, do it?"  answer yes to that
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Hurricane4Author Commented:
Thank you all for you assistance and support!  ERD was the one that worked first try without issue!  Offline Password Ut. did not work after multiple attempts.  Again... thank you!
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B HCommented:
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Hurricane4Author Commented:
What is that about?
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Hurricane4Author Commented:
Was this something that I posted?  Can you tell me what was said... I am intrigued now...?
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