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how to remove pc from domain without loosing user settings and email

Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hello All,
I need to remove some ps running XP PRO from a domain (they are not talking to the domain now, server 2003 had to be reinstalled).  I tried this with one pc and it has taken me 2-3 days to recover the machine...I am now very scared to try and reconnect to the server or to remove the others from the domain.
I need an easy way to do this that is very stright forward spelled out in steps  Please
Thanks, \Addie
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Is the domain the same?

User profile is pointed to in registry and profile is under documents and settings.

The other way is to use "File and settings transfer wizard" located in Accessories\System Tools and copy settings from your profile that after joining new domain use the same wizard to transfer settings back.

But at first backup your profile as described by budchawla.


Thanks everyone for responding,
I have had to leave the site of the system as the shop was closing.  How do you know what the profile is for an individual user

While logged in as the domain user that you want to save, Right click on Start and choose Explore.  It will open up in an explorer window to the users profile start menu.

.... or choose the folder that corresponds to the user name under C:\Documents and Settings


Hello All...thanks for responding

budchawla:   "you want to save the user profile then go into C:\Documents and Settings and copy out the profile that you want to save. Domain profiles may be include the domain name. Copy this to a location like C;\Save profiles and make sure you reset all the permissions on this folder."

I copied the profile lela.PRESTIGE1 (lela = username; PRESTIGE1 = computer name) to a new folder called
profileBkUp....how do I reset the permissions on this folder and which folder the backup folder or lela.PRESTIGE1 folder.
Hi Addie -
It looks like you have copied the Local users profile. You wanted the domain profile, right? Look for a folder with just the username or the username.domainname. NOT the local PC name.

To set the permissions (of the newly created backup folder) right-click, properties, security tab and add at least your current user account (for now) with Full Control.


I took this PC back to a workstation and recovered the user profile, settings and outlook express files...the only profile under C:\Documents and Settings for the user lela, is the one that I recovered that is now showing as lela.PRESTIGE1...so I copied that one to the backup file.  the only other one does not have anything in it except the default stuff.
Glad it worked out for you...
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