I got a free laptop from a company that went out of business. It runs WinXP.
I’d like to set up a home network and use it there. I followed the WinXP wizard setup and made my desktop computer the primary hub. But when I try to set it up on the laptop, XP setup says the laptop is part of a domain and thus can’t be set up on a home network.
I can get internet access for the laptop, but I can’t browse the files on my desktop computer. Strangely, I *used* to be able to browse the desktop, but that stopped working for some reason. When I browse the network on the laptop, it shows workgroups from the now-defunct company, but not my local network.
Any ideas on how to get around this? The main thing I want is file sharing.
Here’s what you should try first:
1) Right-click on My Computer (whether from the Desktop or inside Explorer) and select Properties. You can also get to it by double clicking the System icon inside of Control Panel, Classic View, or go into Performance and Maintenance and select System in the new XP view.
2) Select the Computer Name tab.
3) Click the Change button and you should be able to change to a Workgroup mode there.
I did this and rebooted, but now it won’t let me log in. I think it’s
relying on the old domain user & password. Is there a way to get in
Ordinarily, I’d suggest that you try to boot into safe mode (press F8 after the BIOS screens). Login as Administrator and create a new account or change the password. This won’t work for your situation, however, because you don’t know the administrative password.
Before you reinstall from scratch, losing anything you have installed on the computer, there is one more possibility: use a Password Recovery tool. Of course, these tools don’t really recover the password, but they do allow you to reset it. The downside is, if any files are encrypted, then they are lost forever.
This page explains it a bit and lists some tools available for download:
Try using the Offline NT Password & Registry editor and just change your administrative password to blanks and you should be good to go.