|Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard. |
The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.
The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere.
"I'm presented with a login screen with the only user "Administrator", logging in with a blank pass-word tells me that the "Domain Computer" is not available."
So, it sounds like you are not able to do anything after that.
"This computer has not been part of an office (or similar) network and has never
been connected to a domain."
In that case, then why did / does the Windows installation have that type of Logon situation ?
According to some of the "hits" I found on the web, unfortunately, your problem can be caused by data on the hard drive having become corrupted.
Were you getting any symptoms of there being something wrong in Windows before this logon situation changed ?
Do you have an XP CD you can try booting the computer from ?
If yes, you could try running CHKDSK.
Boot from the XP CD, load the Recovery Console, run CHKDSK /R C:
For more info,
see response 11 in this:
starting at, scroll down to "If that won't work....."
I have not had to deal with that type of Logon screen situation except on a Windows 2000 installation of someone else's computer I was working on. In that case I had to press CTRL-ALT-DEL for logon choices, and as i recall I had to RIGHT click on a box or some dots after a box after that to be able to get the choice I needed to choose displayed.
That Windows installation had not had anti-malware software installed on it for years, and it was heavily contaminated with malware. I connected it as Slave to another computer and the malware then contaminated the Windows installation on that computer too. I managed to remove the malware, but then I could no longer Logon to that Win 2000 installation when I booted the other person's computer from it.
I found references on the web about how to prevent the Logon screen you're seeing from appearing and getting a normal Logon screen after a Welcome screen instead, but they all require that at least one user, at least the built in Administrator user in the Safe modes, has administrator rights and is able to Logon to Windows.
( It's also possible someone else has done something that has resulted in there being only one user left that has administrator rights - the built in Administrator user - is that possible in your case ? If YES, ask that user how they are logging on - if they can still Logon, your problem can probably be easily fixed. )
If your problem can't be fixed, the only solutions I can think of are
- to try running a Repair installation of Windows procedure, often called (incorrectly in my opinion) a Repair Install, which will not delete the existing personal data you have added to the partition Windows was installed on. That requires that you MUST use a suitable XP CD that is for the same type of Windows installation your legitimate Product Key is for .
(The Product Key Windows is presently using, or the Product Key on the official Microsoft label that's supposed to be on the outside of the comp[uter case, which may be different if you have a brand name system. The former can be determined even if you can't get into the Windows installation, by connecting the hard drive to another computer and not booting from it on that computer, if you use certain software.)
See response 10:
Scroll down to:
"- If that doesn't help, you can try running a Repair installation of Windows"
If your computer has any SATA drives...
Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.
See response 2:
(The same applies to the Repair installation of Windows procedure.)
- OR - to install Windows from scratch.
That requires an XP CD and the proper legitimate Product Key to go along with it.
BEFORE you do that, you could......
- boot the computer from something that has an operating system on it that can read all the files on the hard drive, such as the Ultimate Boot CD, and copy all the personal data you don't want to lose that's on the same partition Windows was installed on to elsewhere
- or - remove the hard drive, connect it to another working computer, don't boot that computer from your hard drive, and copy all the personal data you don't want to lose that's on the same partition Windows was installed on to elsewhere