This was previously a work computer on a work domain, and I intend to change it to a local machine that I will then put on my home network. In “My Computer/System Properties/Computer Name”, I initiated the Network ID Wizard to change the system to a local user, and was then asked to restart the computer. When I went to log on again, the system would not recognize my username and password, which I assume is now invalid as it was tied to the domain name I changed.
I then booted off my Windows XP installation CD to see if I could recover. After loading setup for a couple of minutes, I received an extended message saying Windows would not start to prevent damage to my system, and recommending several steps to “test” my system, including replacing my disc controller and hard drive. This seems a bit excessive.
Obviously, I scrambled something when I blundered into modifying the domain registration, and now cannot get beyond the login screen. Anyone have any ideas?