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I try to access my windows homeserver \\IKE\users\simon which has always worked and it tells me the account is invalid.

I log in via remote desktop (with admin username) and check the settings and everything is fine but the account is locked. If I unlock it in Computer Management > Users and groups and try to log in again it just gets locked again.

No passwords have changed or anything like that.

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closed as off topic by Bryan, MDMarra, Ward, mdpc, Magellan Jun 8 '13 at 14:05

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Turned out to be that after a 3 hour power outage the system clock on the server was off by 5 days. Windows apparently doesn't like this.

I have an HP MediaSmart server - or whatever its called - which is several years old now. Its odd that the time would be off by 5 days but fixing the time on the server fixed the problem.

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Here's how to unlock the account if you have this problem - I'd recommend solution #2 - – Simon Mar 13 '11 at 10:13

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