Removing Domains from XP

Posted on 2007-10-21
Last Modified: 2008-03-03
I have an associate who did contract work for a company years ago. They configured her laptop so that she can log in to the network. That was years ago, no I would like to get the domain out of her XP and keep all of the programs intact. Any thoughts? Thanks for all your help.
Question by:Rick100Lynne
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    Accepted Solution

    # Login as local administrator
    # Click Start, right click My Computer and click Properties
    # Click on the Computer name tab and click Change
    # Under ' Member of' select Workgroup and type 'workgroup' into the box provided. Click ok
    # Click ok to close all dialog boxes and restart the computer
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    The biggest thing will be to make sure they have a local account to login to because once you remove the domain there will be no roaming profiles accessible.  I usually boot with a Linux live or bart pe based CD and copy the profile copy from out of documents and settings and then create the local profile.  then remove from the domain and reboot to the local account.  Once done you can boot with the cd again and copy the roaming stuff to the local profile.  
    this gives all settings and favorites, etc... to work.   Programs should not have to be reinstalled.
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    I agree with wrenhal - the main point is to copy the user's profile without damaging it.

    You need to thread carefully to make sure you do not loose the profile. Do not remove the computer from the domain until you have successfully set up the profile for the local user.

    IMPORTANT: You will need an account with administrator's priviledges on the local machine. This account must be SEPARATE from your user's domain account and SEPARATE from the new local account you are creating. If your user is an admin on the box, use her account to create new local administrator account. If you do not follow this, you will run into locked file problems when copying the profile.

    Here's what I normally do:
    1. Log in as administrator
    2. Create new LOCAL user account
    3. Log in as new local user (this will create blank user profile)
    4. Log in as administrator again
    5. Copy the domain user's profile (usually located in c:\Documents and Settings\username.domain) over the new local user's profile
    6. Log in as the new local user and make sure the profile is functional

    7a. After (and ONLY after) the user is happy with the new local profiles, proceed to remove the machine from the domain. Once you do this, you will not be able to log as the domain user ever again.
    7b. If the local user profile is not working, you can continue logging in as the domain user.
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    download user profile wizard.
    It allows you to map a new account to another account on the computer, keeping all settings and files.

    Log in as administrator on the computer
    Create a local account on the computer.
    run profwiz.exe
    in enter the domain field choose the local computer name
    In the account name type the name of the local account your just created.
    On the next screen select the user profile that you want to share (select his domain account)
    click next and it should do the job.

    You then reboot and log in with the local account and you'll have all the stuff you had under the domain account.


    Author Comment

    Guys, Thanks for the comments. I have to send the laptop back today before I can test your answers. I first changed the domain and I was not able to login at all. I asked for help and was able to boot up and get to the restore point previously. Now that I was back to the beginning, I was not going to change anything until I got a full backup created. I don't have time to test your answers, so I will have to get rid of the domain at a later time. I hope sharing the points is fair at this time. Thanks again

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