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Problem with required computer name when logging on to a local computer
New OS Windows 7 introduced a significantly different logon screen. Apart from the logon screen in Windows XP, there is no drop-down menu containing computer name for local logon or domain name for domain logon.
Picture: Options for local / domain logon in Windows XP.
On a domain computer, the new Windows 7 logon screen is automatically preset to log on using a domain account.
Picture: Domain logon screen in Windows 7 with empty logon fields. In the bottom part, you can see the information about the default domain called LIBOR.
There are several active areas in the screen:
Picture: Picture of logon help window including the computer name.
Logging on using a local account saved in the computer requires the user to enter the computer name and user name separated by a backslash in the first field, as follows: :
Picture:Local logon with specified computer name \ user name and password. The information line below containing information on the logon target will automatically change after typing in the backslash.
Repeated entering of the computer name may be time-consuming, or you might possibly encounter a problem if you do not know it. The solution is to replace the computer name with a full stop/period which helps you to avoid entering the computer name:
Picture: Local logon using full stop/period instead of the computer name.
Note: There is one exception that does not require you to specify local logon, and that is the local Administrator account. If it is enabled on the local computer, local logon will be performed. If you also use the Administrator account within a domain, the domain name must be entered as well (in the following form: Domain_name\Administrator)
Picture: Remote desktop client (by including a period/full stop you will insert the name of the computer from which you are loggin on).
Picture: Windows 8 domain logon
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