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Remove Computer from Domain and Save User Profile

Posted on 2010-09-20
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I have a computer running Windows 7 which was part of a domain.  The computer is no longer part of the domain but the domain settings show it as still being part of that domain.  I want to remove the domain without losing the user profile.
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by:vnicolae
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Once you change the computer's config from domain to workgroup, create a new local user.

Log on as that user. A new profile will be created.
Log off and log on as the local administrator.
Copy the profile of the domain user over the one of the local user.

voila!
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innovatorengineer earned 1000 total points
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I would recommend just copying the necessary items and not the entire profile.  If the entire profile is copied, settings that pertain to the domain environment will still be in the profile.  

By copying just the documents, pics, pst files,..... you are assured of having a profile that is a true non domain profile.

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