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Networking Questions and Answers - How to Take a Computer Off a Windows Domain to Use at Home
Neil writes in with a networking question
Question:I have a Dell laptop that I changed it from a network computer to a workstation and now I can't log on to Windows. I tried the same user name and password when I was logging in before and now it says the domain is not available and can't log you in. Is there a way to log back into the system as an admin user and change back the setting to network so that I can use this computer?
Answer: The first thing to check is to make sure you are not trying to log onto the domain. When you are at the login screen there should be a box under Password that says Log on to. You might have to click the Options button to get it to show. From there change it from the domain to COMPUTERNAME (this computer) where COMPUTERNAME is the name of the laptop. That will log you on locally instead of on tothe domain. You will have to have a local account on the laptop though to get in or know the administrator password.
If not then you can connect it to the domain and add a local user for yourself. This is important so you can log in locally after it's off the domain. Also be sure to make it a local administrator if you want full admin rights to the laptop. Then you can disjoin it from the domain by right clicking My Computer and choosing Properties. Then go to the Computer Name tab and click the Change button. Under Member of click the Workgroup button and choose a name for your workgroup and click ok. You will need a domain admins name and password to confirm it. Then after a reboot it will not be part of the domain.
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