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Windows Questions and Answers - Cannot Install Printer on a Previously Networked Computer

Charly writes in with a Windows question
Question:I have a computer that I was previously on a network. I have admin rights to the computer, but I cannot install any hardware with it. It tells me access denied. I would like to hook it up to a printer. What can I do? What needs to be done to give me either domain admin rights or take the domain off? Thanks.

Answer: When you log on to the computer to you have an option to log on to the local computer rather than the domain? There should be a drop down box that lets you choose to log on the local computer in the box that says Log on to.

Keep in mind that you will need to have a username and password for a local account. If you are logging into the domain but not connected to the network you are using what is called cached credentials, which lets you log in but you are actually not logged into the network. You can try to go into users from either Control Panel or by right clicking My Computer and choosing Manage and then choosing Local Users and Groups and making a local user for yourself and give it administrator rights. Then you can log on with that user on the local machine and use the computer that way off the network.

 

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