Removing the log on screen / network log on

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Hi, I have recently acquuired a computer from my workplace that was no longer needed there. However, now that I have it home, I am unable to actually log on the the computer as it asks to log on the the server automatically when I switch the computer on. I don't want to log on to any user profile, just use the computer at home, i.e. to use as a personal computer. Can you tell me how I bypass this screen, so I log on to just the computer and not a server. In addition, do I need to reset the start-up screen somehow, or network settings? It is a Dell computer, with Windows 200 operating system installed. Thanks!

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You need a tool like chntpw to change the local administrator account stuff.

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  • Pressler2904
    There are several tools which you can use to change the behavior you mention. I'm not familliar with chntpw (as mentioned above) but have used "Locksmith" from Winternals (now part of Microsoft) and the ever popular UBCD4Win to enumerate a local administrative account (usually but not always "administrator") and change its' password. After logging in to the admin account (and be sure to set the third line of the login screen to "this computer"... If the third line does not display, click on the "Options" button to display the Domain entry), you will need to disjoin the system from the domain, which is probably going to require domain admin credentials. Barring a domain disjoin, you can get to the security settings by launching an MMC window from the run line and looking at the security settings to change the login from domain to local (it's been a few years since I've done this on a Win2K box, so pardon me please if I seem a bit hazy about specific details as to location of the settings). This all SHOULD (....) have been done by your organization's IT department prior to releaseing the system to you.
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  • Schmidtw
    You always have the option of logging into the computer ONCE under an administrative profile and then removing the computer from the Domain. You can then configure any personal accounts through control panel.
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  • ToddN2000
    If you got this from work, they should have wiped it for you. I do not know of any companies that just give a computer with out wiping all data and licensed software from it. If you want you can try some of the tools mentioned. Because I cannot validate you are the legal owner, I do not feel like I can help more than that.
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