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WinXP: Unjoining a domain?

Posted by fog, 06-29-2008, 09:04 PM
Now that I've graduated college, my school-issued laptop needs to be "unjoined" from their Active Directory domain. They provide a tool to do this, but it also does some other nasty stuff. I'd like to remove myself from the domain by hand. I am an administrator on the local machine. How can I do this? Google is strangely unhelpful for once here.

Posted by insanelymacintosh, 06-30-2008, 04:09 AM
Right click on "My Computer" and select properties Select "Computer Name" tab select "change" Under "Member of" select "Workgroup" and put in a workgroup name. Any workgroup name will do but usually people set it to "workgroup" Hope this helps.

Posted by SkullCo, 06-30-2008, 11:03 AM
Your user profile is typically tied to your domain login, so keep in mind that if you just change your settings from a domain to a workgroup, your current user profile on your machine will not be accessible (at least not to log into). Before you disconnect from the domain, use the file & settings transfer wizard to back up your stuff, and create a new local account. After you disconnect, run the FSTW restore on the new account to get it set up. A few things might be lost in the transition, but most things should transfer fine, and you can still access the files of the old profile under docs & settings.

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