workgroup/domain lockout :(

September 1, 2010 at 16:26:58
Specs: Windows XP
okay, i did a good job to my girlfriend's laptop
normally looking at the computer name area it is set to domain school.localwhatever
when she turns on her computer her student number is there and she has to type in her password, no problem.
taking advice from another post, i switched it to workgroup to set up some home networking (figuring i can set it back anytime i want). it asked for a username/password to 'authorize' the change, so i tried the good ol'
username: admin
and it worked no problem. now after rebooting it is not accepting her password, admin/[blank] does not work, and i'm 100% stuck on the 'press ctrl-alt-del to login' screen?

am i screwed or is there a way around this?

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September 1, 2010 at 17:01:02
I don't think you can fix this yourself. The computer will have to be connected to the school network and a domain admin enter the proper credentials to rejoin the domain.

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September 1, 2010 at 17:04:32
Yeah, pretty screwed.

Take the laptop to the school's IT, and have them re-add the laptop to the domain.

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September 1, 2010 at 17:31:10
is there any 'backdoor' way i can get in to access the hard drive and copy files over to a usb? really she just wants her school documents backed up before they wipe the system tomorrow (new semester, they have to put win7 on, programs, blah blah blah blah)

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September 1, 2010 at 17:52:36
is there any 'backdoor' way i can get in to access the hard drive and copy files over to a usb?
Well, that'd hardly be secure, wouldn't it?

If you know Linux, you could get a Live Linux CD with USB and NTFS support.

You could download a bootable CD to reset the admin's account. Be prepared to explain to the IT staff why they can't get into their laptop when you return it.

You could remove the drive, and install it into a computer you have control over. This is probably the easiest way if you have the tools.

You could just ask the IT staff; normally they aren't dicks about these things (and even if they are, they usually oblige).

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