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I have a Windows XP PC that has been networked to a SBS 2003 server.  I want use move the PC from my work network to my home.  I use a workgroup at my home.

I went into My Computer - Properties - ComputerName.  I clicked the button labeled "Change" and then I changed the computer name  and selected Workgroup and typed the name of the workgroup.  I rebooted the PC (as instructed).  The problem is now I cannot log in when I type my username and password.  I get an error message that says "make sure your username and domain is correct".

I am praying there is an easy fix to this.  Can I boot up in Safe Mode and make changes?  I don't want to try anything without getting advice.

Thanks!!

asked 11/28/2011 07:37

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11 Answers:
You will need to log on with a "Local" account (Local to the XP PC), you can not log on with the domain account when you are no longer in the domain.
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Todar

If you do not remember ever creating a local account (when you installed XP), try logging in as "administrator" with a blank password
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answered 2011-11-28 at 15:42:48

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dnesse

You need to log in with the local administrator password, hopefully you know that!  Otherwise, you are looking at having to reset the laptop administrator password.  There are many ways to do this, if you are not very technical, you can download a utility like this one: http://www.windowspasswordsrecovery.com/ for a nominal fee.
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answered 2011-11-28 at 15:45:23

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Equitrac_Michael

You'll need to reset the admin password using one of these free tools (unless you can remember the orignal password and account you used when you installed the OS).  See here for some of the free password reset tools:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/passrecovery.htm
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answered 2011-11-28 at 15:45:41

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Paka

Thank you all for such quick replies!!

dnesse - I tried your suggestion.  When I left the password field blank - nothing.  Then when I typed in the password for my server, it worked!  I was able to log in as the administrator.  It took a few minutes to set personal settings.  Then when I looked at accounts, it only showed the administrator and one account with my name.  I updated the password on the one account so now I know it.  I created a new account for my son.

Something is different with user accounts.  Before I was able to select one of several security levels for the account (administrator, power user, user, guest,...).  Now I just have "administrator" and "limited".  I would like to make my son's account a power user.  Is this still possible?  How would I do it?
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answered 2011-11-28 at 15:46:30

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MrChip2

Unfortunately, with a stand alone Workgroup XP computer, those are your only user account options.  You can look a this for more information:  

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/usercpl_overview.mspx?mfr=true

You'll probably have to make your son a local administrator or he really won't be able to do much of anything.
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answered 2011-11-28 at 16:04:52

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Equitrac_Michael

More detailed groups membership options can be chosen from Computer Manangement. This cannot be done through the Control Panel.
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answered 2011-11-28 at 16:30:46

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Firebar

Firebar,

Would you please explain to me how I do this?  Thanks!
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answered 2011-11-28 at 16:36:21

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MrChip2

Right-click the "My Computer" icon (providing it is on the desktop) and choose "Manage".
A new window will appear, this is the Computer Management console.
Scroll down the list in left-hand column and find "Users and Groups".
Select the Groups folder and look for the Power Users Group to the right.
Double-click that group and on the "Members" tab, add the desired user.
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answered 2011-11-28 at 16:54:42

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Firebar

OK, I need to step out for an hour but will try the solution.  I should accept multiple answers later unless I run into a problem.
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answered 2011-11-28 at 16:57:18

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MrChip2

Thank you all for your help.  I am back up and running.
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answered 2011-11-28 at 18:04:24

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