You receive a "The system cannot change your password now because the domain is not available" error message on a Windows XP-based or Windows 2000-based computer

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SYMPTOMS
If you try to change your password on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer or on a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer, you receive the following error message:
The system cannot change your password now because the domain is not available.
CAUSE
This problem occurs if the NTLM protocol cannot determine the correct user account when it is given an alternative domain name suffix in the user principal name (UPN).

This problem typically occurs if the following conditions are true:
  • The network environment contains a forest trust between two forests.
  • You try to use the alternative domain suffix from one forest to change your user name in another forest.
For example, consider the following scenario:
  • Your network environment includes two Microsoft Windows Server 2003 forests that have a two-way Kerberos trust between them. A two-way Kerberos trust is a Federated Trust. In this scenario, the forests are named Forest A and Forest B.
  • The computer accounts exist in Forest A, and user accounts exist in Forest B.
  • The Active Directory domain of Forest A is ABC.COM. Forest A also has the additional DEF.COM UPN suffix.
  • UPN Name suffix routing is enabled in the trust.
  • Forest-wide authentication is enabled in the trust.
The following actions occur:
  1. A user from Forest B logs on to a Windows XP Professional-based workstation, or to a Windows 2000-based workstation. The workstation exists in Forest A with the username@EXAMPLE.COM user credentials.
  2. The user presses CTRL+ALT+DEL, and then clicks Change Password.
  3. The User name box is populated with username@EXAMPLE.COM.
  4. The user types the old password, types the new password, confirms the new password, and then clicks OK.
  5. The user receives the following error message:
    The system cannot change your password now because the domain is not available.
RESOLUTION

Windows XP hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Windows XP, 32-bit versions
Date         Time   Version        Size     File name------------------------------------------------------07-Dec-2004  13:14  5.1.2600.2578  132,608  Msv1_0.dll
Windows XP for Itanium-based computers, 64-bit versions
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name   --------------------------------------------------------------   10-Jan-2005  23:13  5.1.2600.1618     374,784  Msv1_0.dll       IA-64   10-Jan-2005  23:06  5.1.2600.1618     122,368  Wmsv1_0.dll      x86

Windows 2000 hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You must restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------    23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6876    388,368  Advapi32.dll   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6866     69,904  Browser.dll   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6824    134,928  Dnsapi.dll   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6876     92,432  Dnsrslvr.dll   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6883     47,888  Eventlog.dll   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6890    143,632  Kdcsvc.dll   10-Mar-2004  18:37  5.0.2195.6903    210,192  Kerberos.dll   20-Sep-2003  16:32  5.0.2195.6824     71,888  Ksecdd.sys   15-Oct-2004  10:16  5.0.2195.6987    513,296  Lsasrv.dll   25-Feb-2004  15:59  5.0.2195.6902     33,552  Lsass.exe   13-Jan-2005  02:04  5.0.2195.7020    117,520  Msv1_0.dll   10-Jun-2004  08:58  5.0.2195.6949    309,008  Netapi32.dll   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6891    371,472  Netlogon.dll   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6896  1,028,880  Ntdsa.dll   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6897    388,368  Samsrv.dll   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6893    111,376  Scecli.dll   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6903    253,200  Scesrv.dll   05-Jan-2005  20:29  5.0.2195.7017  6,278,656  Sp3res.dll   14-Oct-2004  20:33  5.5.33.0           6,656  Spmsg.dll   14-Oct-2004  20:38  5.5.33.0         169,984  Spuninst.exe   23-Mar-2004  18:17  5.0.2195.6824     50,960  W32time.dll   20-Sep-2003  16:32  5.0.2195.6824     57,104  W32tm.exe
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
MORE INFORMATION
When you use Active Directory with Microsoft Windows Server 2003, you can use alternative UPN suffixes.For example, a user account in a domain that is named "Contoso" may have the following valid logon names:
  • contoso\user1
  • user1@contoso.com
An alternative UPN suffix makes it possible for you to create additional valid account names.

By specifying a list of alternative UPN suffixes, the user1 account can have additional ways of specifying a logon name. For example, the user1@example.com logon name can be mapped to the original logon name of contoso\user1.For additional information about the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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