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How to switch domains without losing data on a windows 8 machine

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Hey guys,

I need to switch a domain on a new employee's computer.

What is a good way to do that efficiently without losing any data?
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Chris Millard earned 167 total points
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You won't lose any data as such - any previous profiles that you had will still exist under the C:\Users folder.  You'll just need to copy any documents / data etc into the new profile after the computer has been joined to the new domain.

HOWEVER, I would recommend taking a backup of the computer before making the changes just in case.
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I usually will go to the profile folders and copy the pertinent profile folders to an external drive.  (don't cut and paste in case something goes wrong).

Then change domains, have user log in, and then from his profile, copy the info from the external device.  If you don't copy the info first, then you will have to log in as you to gain access to the old folder, and the new profile of the user won't be made yet, so you will have to log him in and back out, or promote the user to admin level.

Certain things won't transfer, such as usernames and passwords in his websites, and I never both copying the "Recently opened items", and usually just make his find his own stuff.
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Your computer runs windows, doesn't it? And the active directory is MS technology, too. Did you really think they let you down and make you lose data? Come on :)
Chris Millard is exactly correct.

You can also migrate users: http://www.forensit.com/uk/domain-migration.html supports cross-domain migration of user profiles and is free.
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