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Windows 7: Disconnecting from domain

30 Mar 2016   #1
Theinnertheater

Windows7
 
 
Disconnecting from domain

I have a laptop that I used for my last client that is connected to a domain. I need to disconnect from this domain and connect the machine to my local home network. I do not have the administrator's password. How can I do this?


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30 Mar 2016   #2
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You cannot join/leave a domain without a local administrator account, so it's simply not possible.

However, to use a local network at home, there is no need to do so. Just plugin a network cable will do the trick (and joining a wiki hotspot also don't needs administrative privileges), at most the unrecognized network will remain as "public network", which might limit visibility and maybe a few access rights, but otherwise everything else will work as normal.
Make sure to have a local (not domain) account handy, as the domain server won't be available to validate your credentials. A domain account with cached password will work too.
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30 Mar 2016   #3
Theinnertheater

Windows7
 
 

I am currently required to login to the domain when I begin to use the laptop. How can I stop that? Thanks.
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30 Mar 2016   #4
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ask the owner to provide a local account for you to use when in home or otherwise far from the domain. Creating that account requires to be an admin, for a single time, that's why you can't do that yourself. That created account don't need to be administrator of course.

When done, when asked for credentials, provide the username in the form "<computername>\<username>" so it knows you're trying to use a local account, and it won't bother with the domain. Enter the supplied password as normal.
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31 Mar 2016   #5
Theinnertheater

Windows7
 
 

I no longer have access to the administrator.
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31 Mar 2016   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Sorry but for legal reasons we cannot help with access to systems which we have no way of confirming ownership.

This is not an accusation, what I always advise is to take the system to a local technician with Proof of ownership and they should be able to resolve this issue.

The simplest method would be to contact the company whose domain is involved and ask for their assistance, if this is possible
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08 Apr 2016   #7
Kenshin20

Windows 7
 
 

or you can just wipe the computer and set it up as a new machine. it will wipe all settings if it doesn't have BIOS password or any kind of encryption. but remember after wiping machine all data will be lost. (brand new machine)
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