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Title:
Princeton Domain: How to manually remove your Windows computer
Synopsis:
How to manually remove a computer from the Princeton domain


Solution:

Reasons why you should remove their Windows machine from the PRINCETON domain if you are leaving the University (for faculty, staff and all students):

  • Windows machines can only be joined to one domain at a time. After you leave Princeton, and you attempt to join your machine to another Windows domain, you would not be able to, unless the computer is first removed from the PRINCETON domain. Once joined to another domain other than Princeton, it becomes difficult to retrieve files or other information stored locally under your Princeton\netID domain account.
  • Once away from the Princeton network, your machine may at some point stop allowing you to log in with your PRINCETON windows credentials. This would additionally make it difficult to retrieve files or other information stored locally under your Princeton\netID domain account.
  • If you continue to attempt to log in to a domain profile and you one day forget your password, there is no way to reset that password (there is no local account associated with it).

NOTE: For Faculty and Staff members who are in departments with SCAD/DCS IT support, please inform your IT support staff that you are removing your computer from the domain. Once complete, they will need to update OIT servers to reflect the change you’ve made.


Windows Manual Instructions
The following is the process to manually remove your computer from the domain.

Section One: Create a new user profile

  1. Open the Start Menu and Right click Computer and Click Manage.
  2. Expand Local Users and Groups
  3. Click on Users
  4. In the Menu Select Action, New User….
  5. Enter a New User Name (this can be your NetID) Enter Full name and enter a password twice.
  6. Uncheck User must change password at next logon
  7. Click Create
  8. Click Close
  9. Under Local User and Groups select Groups
  10. Double Click Administrators from the top of the list on the right.
  11. Click Add bottom left
  12. Select Locations on the Right (you may be prompted for your Princeton user name and password)
  13. Scroll to the top of this window and select the top of the tree and click OK (should be your computer name)
  14. In the “Enter the object names to select” area type the name of the account you created in steps 5-8 and click OK.
  15. Click OK on the Administrators Properties

Activate and set password for Administrator account

  1. Under Local User and Groups select Users
  2. Right click on Administrator and select Properties
  3. Deselect Account is disabled and Select Password Never Expires
  4. Click OK
  5. Right Click Administrator and click Set Password… click proceed and type your password twice.

Section Two
If you are a Microsoft Outlook user, and you have Calendaring, Contacts or have local Mail under Personal Folders and wish to transfer to the new account you must…

  1. Open Outlook
  2. In the menu bar select File then select Import and Export…
  3. Select Export to File and Click Next
  4. Select Personal Folder file (.pst) and Click Next
  5. Select Personal Folders and check the Include Subfolders
  6. Click Next
  7. Click Browse and locate “Desktop” on the left under favorite links. Click OK
  8. Click Finish
  9. Click OK (depending on how much mail, contacts and calendaring you have set up this may take a few minutes)
  10. Close Outlook
  11. Log out of User

Section Three: Logging in as local as New User

  1. Click Switch User
  2. Click Other User
  3. In user name type .\NetID (or name of account from section 1 step 5) and Type you the password you created for this account
  4. Restart the Computer (you must restart -- not just log off)

Section Four: Log in with the local admin account

  1. Click Switch User
  2. Click Other User
  3. In user name type .\Administrator and Type you the password (you created for this account in step 20)

Section Five: Copying data to the new profile

  1. Go to the Start menu select Control Panel
  2. Click “System and Maintenance” then select “System”
  3. On the left select “Advanced System Settings”
  4. Select the “Advanced Tab”
  5. In the user profiles area, click the settings button
  6. Select the princeton\netid profile created in Step 1 above (machine name)
  7. Click the Copy To button
  8. In the Copy profile to area, browse to c:\users\userprofile created in Section one step 5. If you named your local account the same as your netID, select \netID.computername (you may be prompted for your Princeton user name and password)
  9. In the Permitted to Use area, click change and type in the account EVERYONE
  10. Click copy and answer Yes to the overwrite warning
  11. Click OK to copy (depending on how much data you have this could take a sometime there is no progress bar)
  12. Reboot (you must reboot not log off)

Section Six: Logging in as local as New User

  1. Click Switch User
  2. Click Other User
  3. In user name type .\NetID (or name of account from section 1 step 5) and Type you the password you created for this account

Section Seven: Outlook restore
If you are a Microsoft Outlook user and need to restore your data follow the next steps.

  1. Open the Start Menu and click Control Panel.
  2. On the left select Classic View
  3. Double Click the Mail Icon on the right
  4. Under Profiles Click Show Profiles
  5. Click Remove and answer Yes to the warning
  6. Click Add
  7. Give the new profile a name ex. Outlook Mail.
  8. Use KnowledgeBase Solution kb.princeton.edu/9869 from step 3 to help configure the Princeton mail.
  9. Click OK on the Mail window.
  10. In the menu bar select File then select Import and Export…
  11. Select Import from another program
  12. Scroll down and select Personal Folder file (.pst) and Click Next.
  13. Click Browse and select the “Desktop” on the left under favorite links.
  14. Locate the backup.pst file and click Open.
  15. Click Next
  16. Click Finish

Section Eight: Resetting Windows Updates to Microsoft

1. See KnowledgeBase Solution kb.princeton.edu/9769 to reset your Update location from Windows. Your profile should now have all the items originally found on the domain user.

Section Nine: Removing your computer from the Domain

  1. Open the Start Menu and right click on Computer
  2. Select Properties
  3. On the left select Advanced system Settings
  4. Select the Computer Name tab
  5. Click on Change
  6. Select the button next to network and type WORKGROUP in the space provided.
  7. You may be prompted for domain creditials in order to remove the machine from the domain type your Princeton Username and Password
  8. Click OK on the Welcome message
  9. Click OK on the Restart message
  10. Click Close on the Systems Properties Window
  11. Click Restart Now


What if I need help?
If you need assistance with these instructions, contact the OIT Help Desk at 609-258-4357 (8-HELP), or send e-mail to helpdesk@princeton.edu and specify what the problem is, as well as what step you were on when you encountered the problem.


Last Updated:
June 10, 2013

Solution ID:
9838