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Reconfiguring (?) a used laptop

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by atall1, Nov 27, 2008.

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  1. atall1

    atall1 Newbie

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    Hi
    Not sure if I am titling this correctly, if not, sorry in advance.
    I have a used Lenovo T43 that I bought that has Windows XP Pro loaded but has the previous company's IT settings still in effect.
    I'd like to get rid of the old "NT"-esque log-in and have it run as a non-NT machine.
    Not sure if I am explaining this well. But what I have done in the past is wiped the harddrive completely and reinstalled windows. But when I did that I lost all of the IBM/Lenovo functionality and had to reinstall all the drivers etc.
    Is there a simple way to just get rid of the NT functionality so when I boot I dont go through the IT policy screen, user ID/Password log-in?
    Thanks in advance.
    aTALL1
     
  2. gerryf19

    gerryf19 I am the walrus

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    Well, it depends--your description is somewhat unclear.

    Right click on MY COMPUTER, choose PROPERTIES.

    Under computer name, change from DOMAIN to WORKGROUP (call it anything or match your home workgroup name).

    It will tell you you need to reboot, do so
     
  3. Hep!

    Hep! sees beauty in everything

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    I would recommend just doing the wipe, but what you can do is go to the control panel, open user accounts, click change the way users log on, and make sure the welcome screen is checked off to be used.

    Also, make sure you're not part of a domain. Go to computer properties (right click my computer, hit properties) go to the computer name tab, and remove yourself by clicking change.
     
  4. atall1

    atall1 Newbie

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    First, thanks for the quick replies.
    To clarify, when I log on, I get the IT security statement, hit enter and get the user log on. I can get logged on to the machine, but I want to get rid of at least the security statement screen, and if possible the log on screen too. I want to uninstall the P2P (not sure that's accurate description either) application Timbuktoo.
    I hope that clarifies somewhat...
    Thanks again!
     
  5. vinumsv

    vinumsv MobileFreak™

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    you can remove using registry editor , here is how (always take a backup to be safe )

    Open up regedit.exe through the run box, and then browse down to the following key:

    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    on the right side you should see a keys called LegalNoticeCaption and LegalNoticeText

    [​IMG]

    Just double click them clear the values in it :D

    do a restart and these msgs should have disappeared but if still they comes up again, do the same steps in here too

    [​IMG]

    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system
     
  6. atall1

    atall1 Newbie

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    new problem: i changed the domain, edited to my home workgroup, rebooted. Now I still have the security message (ctrl+alt+del) and get the logon, but it wont accept my user id and password now. I seem to be locked out...
    suggestions?
     
  7. vinumsv

    vinumsv MobileFreak™

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    get into safe mode and login as administrator , then goto user accounts or computer mangement console ( right click my computer icon and click manage )

    then check select the users and groups > then select each user and see if its locked out
     
  8. Hep!

    Hep! sees beauty in everything

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    Make sure in the dropdown box you have selected local machine.
    Also have you tried my method for disabling the W2K style logon?
     
  9. Shyster1

    Shyster1 Lazy as the Day is Long

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    Wouldn't a clean reinstallation have been easier?;)
     
  10. nizzy1115

    nizzy1115 Notebook Prophet

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    Is it a novell login or windows login?
     
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