I am using a Lenovo IBM Thinkpad, type 6457. Unfortunately I stupidly left my computer running and made the mistake of turning my back to my nine-year-old granddaughter, who then decided to take it upon herself to change the settings from a domain to a workgroup and somewhere changed the information that identified the computer as a company device to a home device.....she thought the term "company" meant the kind that comes to visit and therefore considering herself family, at home, and not company, changed it. She may have also changed the Admin password. All this was done while Windows was runnig. Later, upon reboot, the Windows logon screen was different and while it identified the correct user, the password was not accepted. I tried booting into safe mode, but encountered the same problem. I attempted the "Start Windows with last good configuration that worked" and that too failed. I then tweaked the network BIOS, changing it to the default configuration. I also tried the Recovery Console from CD, but it gave a message that no hard drive was detected. Now I can't even get to the Windows login field....the splash screen opens, and the progress bar starts, then stops, then throws up a blue screen with the following error number:
Short of reinstalling the entire operating system, is there some resolution to this? I have a goodly amount of data that I need on it and don't want to lose it. I travel a great deal and there is no convenient time I can return it to my IT department for repair.....not sure they'd know what to do anyway, as I seem to know more about computers than they do. Someone told me I could use an IDE/SATA USB cable to "open' the hard drive and retrieve any needed files. If possible, can that cable also be used while the hard drive is opened to make the necessary adjustments in BIOS to restore the laptop to it's previous configuration? I REALLY don't want to reinstall the entire OS, but when I tried using the Recovery Console using the XP Pro CD, it said that no hard drive was found. "Would it help if I included a HiJack This" report?
Can anyone help?? I'm desperate!
TIP: Do not EVER turn you back on your computer if it's on!!