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Log in to your account as you usually would. Right click on My Computer and select Properties from the list. Click on the Computer Name tab. Where it says "To rename this computer or join a domain" click on change. A new window will pop up so click on Workgroup. In the typing plane if it say's MSHOME, delete that and type WORKGROUP make sure you type it in uppercase (capital letters). When you've done that click OK. The computer will tell you that you have to restart the computer for the changes to take effect so please restart the computer.
Once the computer has restarted you can check if the domain has changed to WORKGROUP.
even if you mistakenly joined a domain you can still log in through your existing id and password.
Once your press CTRL+ALT+DEL, you will see a login window with three fields namely: user id, password and Domain.
In the log in screen use the drop-down menu in front of Domain (which shows your new domain- most likey MSHome) and choose 'this computer'. After this, enter your old/existing user id and password and hit enter.
Please proceed to your system settings and change your domain back to Workgroup. Restart PC.
The resolution and workaround to solve the error is as below.
Login to the Windows 2003 domain controller, and delete the computer account object from the Active Directory by using Microsoft Management Console (MMC) which you can always access from “Manage Your Server”.
Log-in to the PC workstation as local administrator. If you cannot logon as local administrator, try to unplug the network cable and logon to the computer by using a domain administrator user that used to logon on the PC before, by using cached logon credentials feature.
Go to Control Panel, then click on System icon, then go to Computer Name tab.
Unjoin the computer from the domain by clicking on “Change”. You should see that Domain button is now selected. Remember your domain name in the text box. Select (Click) on “Workgroup” to remove the computer from the domain, and put any workgroup name in the text box (e.g. workgroup).
Click OK to exit.
Restart the computer (optional)
Go back to the Control Panel, launch System properties and then go to Computer Name tab, and click on “Change”.
Rejoin the domain by uncheck the Workgroup button and select (check) Domain button, and put in the domain name noted above into the text box.
Click OK to exit.
Reboot the PC.
This should solve the unable to logon to domain error, without changing or losing the user profiles on AD.
If you have Windows XP Professional and have the ability to login to a domain, ensure you're logging in to your computer, since that is where you changed your password. If you can't see a dropdown menu with the domain or your computer, click the details button at the login screen.
Another thing you can try is to boot into safe mode and change the password, assuming you haven't set an administrator password. When booting up, press "F8" before the Windows loading screen pops up. Choose to boot into Safe Mode. If it gives you a login prompt, login as Administrator with either no password or a password you know for the administrator. You can then attempt to change the password.
Try removing the machine from the domain first. Right click on my computer, go to Properties, go to the Computer Name tab, and where it says " To rename thic computer or join domain, click Change", click on the Change button.
In the following screen, select Workgroup, give it any name and click OK.
Before you do this, make sure you have an account with admin privileges on the local machine (make sure you know username and password for this account).