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So, I'm a big doofus. Big problems.
I bought my laptop from work a while back when I got laid off. I've been using it for a while with my own login credentials, when suddenly this morning I had the urge to make it 'my own'.
Here was my major screw up:
1. I went into my computer settings, and changed the computer name.
2. I changed the connection setting from Domain (which was set to my old company domain) to Workgroup - I typed in a new name for a home work group, and received a 'welcome to the workgroup' message.
3. I changed my old generic login name (user name) to my first inital and last name. I also changed the permissions to Administrator. The old name was already set up to be password protected, and I did not change this setting, or change the password that was set. My thinking was that I should change, rather than add a new user, because new applications I installed were aligned with this user. I think this was the big mistake.
I then received a message that I had to reboot, so, I did. (DOH!)
When the login screen appeared, it still had the old username as the default. I changed this to the new user name, tried the old password, no luck. I've tried every combination of new and old info I can think of, but can't log in to the computer.
Because it was a company computer, there is no default Administrator account, so I can't log in as Administrator.
Any advice? or am I completely hosed?
Even if I could restore the computer to yesterday or an earlier user config, I'd be ok. The problem is, even in the safe boot modes I need to login before I can do anything.