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Remove computer from domain and keep settings

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How can I move my computer from a domain to a workgroup and retain most of my settings such as desktop, favs, outlook pst etc?
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By copying the local copy of the domain user profile over a local user profile (if you do it before removing machine from domain you can use the copyto feature in system properties, advanced tab, user profiles button. You'll need to have logged on as local user first so its profile is created, and you'll need to do the copyto from a third, administrative user).

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PS. Check in local user that everything you want has been copied - I've seen it miss email stuff, so you might need to manually copy the .pst file for example).

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Bartender_1,

Windows can't find mgwiz.exe, I even searched the hard drive and nothing. I'm on XP SP2, should it be on here?

Wolluf,
When I highlight HOME\Myusername (the domain user profile) "Copy To" is grayed out.

Any other ideas?

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Wolluf,

It looks like I can  "Copy To" the Administrator local account, but that won't help me out.
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that's because I typed it wrong.... sorry.

migwiz.exe

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migwiz.exe = awesome!
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Glad I was able to be of assistance.

Thanks for the points.

Cheers!

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Looks like you're sorted with file & settings transfer. Just (re)mention that to use my method, you have to have  to have created and logged into the new local user account (which will create a profile) before logging on as Administrator and using copyto. Otherwise there will be no destination to copy to!

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