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Windows 7: Server network settings

04 Jan 2012   #11
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Gazza - Please re-read Post# 8 and as you can see there are a few GP Objects applied to your computer, some are important. You may take a chance downgrading your XP to Workgroup if those GP Objects will be useless to you, if not you might run into some issues eventually.

I would suggest creating an Admin Local Account if you don't have one yet, so that after you have downgraded the XP Machine you'll be able to log on locally.

Another option that you might do, if you don't mind doing it is a Clean Install. It's up to you.

Edit: Also, in a near future that you'll have an XP issue please post here. This is a Windows 7 Forum. We'll keep this Thread here and will continue assisting you.


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05 Jan 2012   #12
Gazza13

 
 

Thanks 2xg for your suggestion. Just a couple of questions:

How do I create an Admin Local Account?
If I do a clean install will I lose programs and/or data?
Will I be able to connect to my home group network?

Cheers
~Gary
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05 Jan 2012   #13
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

How do I create an Admin Local Account?
How to create and configure user accounts in Windows XP

If I do a clean install will I lose programs and/or data?
Yes, and you will need either the Recovery Discs that came with your computer or Driver disc and XP CD. Which ones do you have?
You may backup important files, you'll have to reinstall all the programs/software.

Will I be able to connect to my home group network?
Yes, but make sure that your Network Adapter driver is installed to make this happen.
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05 Jan 2012   #14
Gazza13

 
 

Hi 2xg
Many thanks for your help and suggestions, much appreciated.
Cheers
~Gary
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06 Jan 2012   #15
Gazza13

 
 

I have now set up a local user account.
I would prefer not to do a clean install and do not have the recovery discs.
Can I get rid of the domain network stuff without the discs?
Cheers
~Gary
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06 Jan 2012   #16
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Gary,

What's the Make and Model of your computer?
Do you have an XP CD/DVD? You would need it for the clean install.
Here's a complete guide, make sure that you read it first before you do anything.

Clean install will get rid of your Domain Stuff and also remove all your programs installed. Backup important files into external USB device before you do this.

Again, you have another option given to you by downgrading it to a Workgroup and also given all the circumstances.

Your call...
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06 Jan 2012   #17
Gazza13

 
 

A clean install is starting to look like the way to go. Before committing to that can you please explain the downgrading to a Workgroup option. I have gone in and tried to set up a local user account as per the instructions provided but the domain seems to automatically take over it's operations and causes problems. Have I done something wrong?
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06 Jan 2012   #18
Gazza13

 
 

Sorry, computer is a SATA 250gb, 1024Mb RAM with a CORE2 DUO 2.2GHZ processor (can't find a model number). I have the XP Pro product code and should be able to get hold of the installation disc.
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06 Jan 2012   #19
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

If you will be doing a Clean install, after the setup installation it will ask you to create an Admin Account.

If you're not planning to do a Clean install and would like to proceed downgrading from domain to a workgroup then Yes make sure that you have an local admin account created. Please see attached file of what I'm talking about. I just created a dummy local admin called Ed-Admin from Computer Management (right click on My Computer, then select Manage, expand local Users and Group). The purpose of creating a local admin account is that you won't get locked out after you've demoted or downgraded your XP computer.
Are you still undecided what to do?


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07 Jan 2012   #20
Gazza13

 
 

Thanks again. I followed your instructions but my computer acts a little differently. I can go My Computer/Local Users and Groups/Users - this brings up a number of user accounts including the one I have just set up. It does not bring up the accounts connected to the domain/network. I guess this means that we do have local log in accounts?

Yes, I am still undecided but would prefer not to have to do a Clean Install. If we go ahead and downgrade my questions are:

a) Will I retain the current software and programs?
b) Do I need to back up my data files

Thanks again for all of your time,
Gary
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