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Windows 7 Pro Thinks its on a domain

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I get "cant log in the specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted" when trying to log in to my windows 7 professional 64 bit computer.  It has never been connected to a domain. I am trying to log in to a password-protected account. I don't remember installing any updates prior to shutting down this morning.  Used computer in the AM to check email, didn't install any  updates or anything, didn't even open any emails, only looked for anything important. Computer was shut down normally.  Came home from work and get the above error message when trying to log in.

Have tried:
Logging in to hidden administrator account. Enabled administrator account from a Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery disc through command prompt. I get the same error when trying to log in to this account. Both accounts give the same log in error in safe mode or normal mode.

System Restore.  I haven't quite figured out why System Restore doesn't always find restore points from the MSDART disc.  It says no restore points found but I've seen this happen on many other windows vista/7 systems. There ARE restore points, even a few manually created ones, the disc wont pick them up...  Trying to run system restore through the "Repair your computer" option from the F8 boot menu lists only one restore point from 2012.  The clock is set correctly on the system, so I am not sure why this is listed (this is the only one listed) and I am afraid that restore point will cause more harm than good.

Tried SFC scan from MSDART disc, no files were found to be incorrect.

For fun, I have tried bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /fixboot.  No difference.

Currently, I have the drive connected to my laptop doing a virus scan with Microsoft Security Essentials.

Anyone have any ideas?

Wipe/Reload would be out of the question at this time.
Thomas Grassi
Systems Administrator

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