Hello. This topic is eerily similar to a closed thread where a person was trying to get back into a laptop from their former employer and did not have the password. It was closed as it was deemed suspicious. Unfortunately, I am in somewhat of a similar situation but the difference is I have permission on the computer, have admin rights and know all the passwords. My problem is simple. I have a work laptop that was on a domain. I travel frequently and thus use the laptop for work and personal (email and such). However, one of my savvy children managed to play around and change the domain to a workgroup and then didn't change back before closing the system information screen. (I don't even know what a workgroup is) so I can no longer log on as the log on screen says the user name / domain and password are incorrect. I am running Windows XP Service Pack 2 with a Dell computer. I have ability to get into the BIOS settings, change admin passwords and so forth. But I cannot get into the computer as the domain was changed. My other problem is the IT department is closed for holiday shutdown until the first week of Jan and I am working remote so am not near my company's IT department so cannot bring it in. Is there a way to get into the computer and change the domain name back (i know the domain name) or will I have to find a way to remove all the files and then reformat the drive? I have searched the net and this site for any related answers and I suspect I may be out of luck. I thought I could boot from a CD instead but would that bypass the logon? And I don't have a boot disk - can I download that from the net? I have a huge project I need to complete and am in dire straits here . Sorry for the long post.
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