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Remove Group Policy from Computer Removed From Domain

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I have an XP dell laptop that was put on the domain and group policies applied.  The user is now leaving the company and wants to buy the laptop.  How can I remove the group policies that have been applied to the laptop without formatting?
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by:Redwulf__53
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Remove the PC from the domain (not delete the computer account from AD, but from the PC itself. First reset the local Administrator password!!!!!!)
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by:oks1977
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mmhhhh.... I think if you disjoin the DELL laptop from the domain, domain policy should not be applied. But to verify, you can run rsop.msc to verify whether there is any local policy applied.

You may want to uninstall company softwares that are inside as well.

Hope the information helps.
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by:LauraEHunterMVP
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Clean Registry Policy Utility 1.0, from SDM software.  Site requires registration, but they don't spam and the download is free after registering.
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by:LauraEHunterMVP
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Would help if I included the link: http://www.sdmsoftware.com/regclean.php
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by:Redwulf__53
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start->run->sysdm.cpl, "Computer Name" tab, click "Change", slect "Workgroup" and type a name, reboot computer
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by:JWL5537
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It has already been removed from the domain and the policy is still applied.  I ran the resultant set and it's not showing the group policy settings for the user, but they are still applied.
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by:LauraEHunterMVP
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Download and run the utility I listed above; it is designed to "clean" policy settings on machines that have been removed from a domain without the associated GPO settings being removed first.
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by:JWL5537
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I downloaded and ran the software as instructed and restarted teh machine.  The settings are still applied.
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by:JWL5537
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I have also removed the secedit database and created a new one thinking that would help.  Also removed all former domain users.  Policies are still applied.
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by:JWL5537
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Anyone have any ideas?
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Ok, I've gotten this resolved.  When I took the computer off the domain, I created a new user on the local machine.  I logged in as the user to create his profile.  I then logged out and logged in as administrator and copied everything from the domain user to the local users profile.  There may have been someinformation stored in Application data, not sure.  However, I could not get the group policy's effects removed even using the software above.  I created a new user account and the policy didn't apply to it.  I then copied the documents, favorites, ...etc to the new user and everything worked great.
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