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xp pro domain change and can no longer acess windows

by MACRICIO / July 21, 2007 4:20 AM PDT

I changed my domain on my work computer and it restarted. Now my windows logon password will not work. I do not have the administrator password and the technical assistance people are out for the week? how can i get back into the computer without losing all my programs?

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You don't
by jackson dougless / July 21, 2007 5:05 AM PDT

You'll have to find someone who either has administrative access and can add that system back to the domain, or wait until one of the tech support people gets back.

When they get annoyed with you for doing something stupid, and they will, be sure to remind them that it was a gross oversight on their part to even allow you to be able to affect such a change in the first place. They should be reviewing their security policies, because you and probably everyone else, have way too much access if you're able to make that kind of a change. So, you'll have some people to share the blame with instead of taking it all on yourself.

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About all you can do since you do not know the local ...
by Edward ODaniel / July 21, 2007 5:40 AM PDT

Admin password is make use of one of the utilities available for changing the Administrator password and you will have to take it to IT to get back onto the Domain because Domain credentials must be re-established.

A couple such utilities can be located here:

NOTE - IF you have happened to make use of EFS for file security you DO NOT want to do this as you will lose access to the files unless you have created an authority certificate that can decrypt the files.

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