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Windows 7: How do I set up my former work PC to be strictly a home PC?

18 May 2016   #1
ds9kirys

Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 
How do I set up my former work PC to be strictly a home PC?

I am getting ready to leave my current job after many years, and I have been given my desktop PC (wired connection) as a lovely parting gift. It won't be reformatted, it will still have most of my files and software, which is great. However, it will also be asking me to log in to my work domain network from now until the end of time unless I configure it not to. How exactly do I change my network settings so that I will no longer be asked to log in to my work network? We have outside tech support, and I would rather take care of this myself than incur the expense of calling them in on something I suspect is a fairly simple process. I've looked at my network settings, and think the following will take care of it. Please advise.

Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/System/Advanced System Settings/Computer Name/Network ID - change from "This computer is part of a business network" to "This is a home computer; it's not part of a business network."

and

Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/System/Advanced System Settings/Computer Name/Change - rename my PC and change domain to workgroup.

Is there anything else?

Thanks!


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19 May 2016   #2
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Leave your location set to work (allows you to better network with things at home and other devices like printers) then yes you need to go to the name change area and choose workgroup and apply it but to leave the domain it will ask you to log in with someone who has the rights to let you leave (sys admin).

EDIT: Also welcome to the forum.
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19 May 2016   #3
wasnotwas

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware
 
 

You should check with the work IT guys if it's volume licenced (business) or the regular domestic variety - it's a different type of activation. You don't want the pc showing 'not genuine' when you get it home.
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19 May 2016   #4
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wasnotwas View Post
You should check with the work IT guys if it's volume licenced (business) or the regular domestic variety - it's a different type of activation. You don't want the pc showing 'not genuine' when you get it home.
Oh yeah good point.
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24 May 2016   #5
ds9kirys

Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, both of you! This is a great help. And I will definitely shoot off a message to our IT guys (I once stayed four hours late to help when the whole office had new PCs installed -- they owe me one!!).
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