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can I restore to an earlier username/pw configuration??

by kirkh28 / September 18, 2008 12:36 AM PDT

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.

HELP!! Sad

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Unlikely but we can fix that password.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2008 1:03 AM PDT

Look up NTPASSWD to change it to blank or your choice.

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by kirkh28 / September 18, 2008 1:45 AM PDT

Catastrophe averted. I found a free utility on the web that lets you manage passwords from a boot CD. Hopefully it didn't install some gawd aweful virus on my machine, but I'm back in business. For reference, the utility can be found at:

(It worked for my XP Professional environment)

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