Stryder, how the shit do I get around this problem. I did a clean install of xp pro, spent three days installing programs, tweaking, etc. Finally got to a comfy point. I don't remember exactly what I was doing that caused the system to become unstable, but whatever... it needed rebootage. Whatever it was, I wasn't terribly concerned with rebootage, as it seemed routine. (Edit: I just remembered what I was doing. I was using a form a coworker created. Every attempt to save it resulted in "disk is full", as it seems to do every time with the macros running. in design mode on that form (it's a .doc from office 97, just some checkboxes with macros running behind them) it doesn't do that, but when it comes up it's not in design mode and won't let you save it. Maybe it's the "protect" feature acting all jacked up somehow. Regardless, a few times of doing that caused some error that made me want to reboot, so... ) I rebooted. Now I can't log in. I'm on a domain, I can't contact the domain controller, yet I can ping the machine by name from another computer on the network. I found a bootdisk that supposedly allows me to blank the administrator password, but it mounts the disk as "read only". The administrator account is "locked out", though I didn't lock it out myself. Maybe it was locked by a bunch of password failures, I don't know. There are no other accounts set up on the local machine. I'm the domain admin BTW, yet cannot access the machine. Without being able to access the machine, I can't fix it. I can't gain access to the disk to erase the sam.exe and sam.log files. My attempts to reset the password via the boot disk say they work, but don't do anything. After using the utility on the boot disk to blank the password I tried administrator with a blank password and no luck. I'm running out of options. Should I try adding that disk as a secondary in another xp machine? I figure security won't allow it.. My data is on that disk. I spent three freakin LONG days tweaking that bitch just right, wiping it is not cool at this point. Suggestions?