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Windows 7: How can i set up a new admin if i'm not connected to my domain??

12 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
How can i set up a new admin if i'm not connected to my domain??

Hi guys,

I am very new to this and I may not even have worded my problem correctly but I'll tell you what it is and if anyone can solve it I would be very grateful because I am at the limit of my windows knowledge here.

I am needing to set up a new administrator on my laptop, running Windows 7 Ultimate. The problem I'm having is when you try to create a new account it asks for a domain name? First of all - the only domains I am familiar with are website domains and I am assuming this is a different kind of domain, similar to a workgroup or something I've read. It seems my computer is attached to a domain which I have the name for now - found in the computers properties page. When I use this name for the domain when creating a new administrator account it gives me the error: The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed.

Here's the twist - This computer and I guess domain were set up in Australia. I am now in America trying to add this new admin....should this cause a problem? Is the domain an online network thing that it needs to connect to to operate, and if so do I have to literally be on the same internet network/modem to be connected to the domain? Really lost here but trying to find a way around this / work out if I am screwed and can't do it from America.

I've attached pics of the process I'm going through.

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Thnks in advance!

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13 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Generally speaking, To remove the PC from the Domain it must be physically attached to the Domain and someone with Domain Admin privileges must change its membership from Domain to Workgroup.

Although you should be able to change from Domain to a Workgroup but the Domain account will still be there.

The link shows you how to change from a Domain to a Workgroup, I included another picture for clarity.

After changing to a Workgroup you must restart the machine before creating the new Admin account. :)

Workgroup Name - View and Change

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