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Remove the domain from a Win XP Pro

By gmgardner ·
I recently received an old laptop from my company because it's too old for them to bother with it for support etc. I want use it at home for the kids giving them a "restricted user" account so they can't add programs or get into trouble.

When I tried to add a user the system says I can't add a user to the domain that was originally set up on the computer. I can't get any support from my company for this. I'd just like to get rid of all of the domain stuff. I just want have an administravtive account for me an a simple user account for the kids. It's an IBM think pad. Again it was given to me " as is". I don't have the installation disk.


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by dror In reply to Remove the domain from a ...

ok ' its go like that: first of all you should go to "my computer" make "right click" with the mouse and then go to properties from there to the computer name tab and from there go to "change" button now you will see in the lower pane that called "member in" two option's: 1 domain and 2 workgroup . you are looking for: workgroup (which means a computer in home inviorment- good for you righte? ) now mark it with the green button and then it ask you some name- call it: workgroup and then make a restart. after you done it, again "right click" on my computer and now choose "manage" now you get a screen with several option's go to "users and local group" double click on this line with the mouse and you get two yellow folder highlight the user with the mouse and you will see couple of users. now,, to dee the permission the user have you have to go into the user properties and look for the tab "member in" if you want that only you will be the administrator of the computer and your user name there is "david" for instance add you to this membership by click add and then advanced and then search now and then look for: administrator and if you want your little qute child will be just a user with no chance to install software you can add him to only the "users" group and remove all the other from there... of course you can click on the users folder there and create a new user for your further chiled ... i hope it help you. tell me if it help you ok? cheers

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by Kennethwhitehead In reply to

Your answer above works fine but after i have changed from domain to workgroup it needs a password once that is put in i get an error message saying "The following error occurred attempting to unjoin the domain" "": The revision level is unknown.
Any answers would be helpfull.

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Remove the domain from a ...

follow the instructions previously outlined. But if you do not have administrator access to windowsXP on the machine, you will need to either ask for the administrator password for the laptop(highly doubt that they will give this to you) or find a utility on the web to reset the local administrators password. Just google it.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Remove the domain from a ...

If you need the Admin Password instead of asking for it you can get it from here and you'll then be able to follow the above directions.


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by saihib In reply to Remove the domain from a ...

Go into My Computer properties and make the laptop a member of a workgroup. That way the domain stuff will disappear.

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