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I am trying to create a local user on a domain computer, the account is needed because this computer is going to be removed from the domain and there doesn't seem to be a local user account. The problem is when i try to add a user via control panel i get an error that says that domain\user I am trying to create does not exist...
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by:epichero22
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When the time comes, you can try demoting it from a domain to a workgroup and restarting it.  It should let you create a local account then.

Click Start, right-click on Computer /  This PC and select properties, and in the "Computer Name" in the list, click "Change Settings," and then click on the "Change" button.  You can demote it to a workgroup there.
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by:Michael Ortega
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I'm sure there is already a hidden local administrator account created on the machine.  You may try logging in with .\Administrator and no password to see if there is.  Let us know the results.

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by:mickeyshelley1
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Here is my dilemma; once i demote the computer I have no local username to log back on with. i tried logging on locally by using cpad\administrator but it says that the administrator account has been disabled. The OS is windows 8 professional
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epichero22 earned 2000 total points
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OK, try this:

Run a command prompt with admin privileges:
Click start, type in cmd, right-click on the icon and select "Run as administrator."

Type in net user administrator /active:yes

That might enable the local administrator account on the computer.  If that doesn't work, then you can still try demoting it to a workgroup computer, and then using a password-reset tool to reset the local password on the computer.  You can check out this page to see what password reset tools are available:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/passrecovery.htm
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by:Brian Pringle
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You could also go to an administrative command prompt and make a new user account.

net user NewUserName NewUserPassword /add
net localgroup administrators NewUserName /add
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by:mickeyshelley1
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Thank you this worked and solved my problem
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