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The user domain\username could not be added to the Administrators group because domain\username does not exist

I am trying to add local administrative rights onto a laptop.  I believe that I have it joined to the domain correctly.  This pc needs to function with network software when off and on the network.  I believe I have most of those problems licked.  unfortunately I can not get it local administrative rights.  Everytime I try I recieve the message "The user domain\username could not be added to the Administrators group because domain\username does not exist".  I've tried being logged on with admin rights locally, and on the network both give this message.  I also tried unjoining it from the network and then giving privledges.  I always get the same message.  I really am against the wall here, I need it working by tomarrow morning.  The lap is a Gateway with Intel pentium m processor 1.60Ghz 480 mb RAM, xp por sp2, server is win2k server, AD, dhcp.  all other comps on system are connected fine with no problems.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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imnajamCommented:
Hi fnbgppl,

how do you join the domain? and how are assigning rights to the user?
try network wizard for joining domain and in last step of the wizard you will be asked to add user to administrotor's/other group.

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imnajamCommented:
Hi fnbgppl,

also give a try to
control panel>>>users and passwords>>>(in the list of users for this computer: select the user you want to assing rights) than click on properties>>>chose the Group membership TAB>>>click on other and select Administrator there...OK..OK..Apply and you are don

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fnbgpplAuthor Commented:
imnajam,
   i join the domain by going to system properties, computer name tab, click change, select radio button for domain, input your desired domain, click on ok.  I am then prompted for a user who has rights to join this computer to the domain, insert my info.  and am prompted that I have successfully joined the domain, please restart comp.  I have never had much luck with wizards.  This is why I believe that the joining of the domain is ok, and I did not have any problem adding her as a domain user.  

I tried your second post and still recieved the same eror.  I am going to try and make it part of a work group give admin rights to her and after a restart, delete the workgroup and join the domain.  In the hope that the admin account will transfer over to the local admin.  I'll let you know how that goes.  Thanks for the quick response and help.
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imnajamCommented:
fnbgppl,

First of all thanks for the grade and points.Secondly, take a look at this nice page describing the ways to join domain with wizard or properties.

http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/w2kntdom.htm
http://www.petri.co.il/joining_a_domain_in_windows_xp_pro.htm

Good Luck(Y)
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