The system cannot log you on now because the domain is not available

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"The system cannot log you on now because the domain domain is not available" is an error message in Microsoft Windows XP.


  • Symptom: Computer happily joins domain, but then shows this message when you try to log in to that domain. Logging in to the local computer still works fine.
  • Possible fix: Run a repair installation (requires XP install CD)
    • Did not get to try this; found solution below first.
  • Solution: Log in to the domain as Administrator. Log out, then log in as regular user.
    • If it won't let you log in as Administrator either, then obviously this won't work.
    • I don't know why this worked when I tried it.