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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 a 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 (Windows 7/8): Create a new user profile

  1. Open the Start Menu and Right click Computer and Click Manage. Note. For Windows 8, Right click "This PC" 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 in the 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 on Administrator and click Set Password… click proceed and type your password twice.

Section One (Windows 10): Create a new user profile

  1. Open the Start Menu and click Settings and click Accounts
  2. Click on Family & other users
  3. Click Add someone else to this PC
  4. If you use Windows, Office, Outlook.com, OneDrive, Skype or Xbox please enter this email in the box presented.
  5. If you do not have any of these, please click “I don’t have this persons sign-in information”
  6. Click "Add a user without a Microsoft account" and fill out the following fields
  7. Click Next until your new account is created and then click close

Adding machine name and user to admin group

  1. Click on the account you just added and select “change account type”
  2. Change the account type to “Administrator”

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 Microsoft Outlook
  2. In the menu bar select File then select Import and Export. Note: For Outlook 2013 it is Open & Export -> 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 (Windows 7/8): Logging in as local as New User

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

Section Three (Windows 10): Logging in as local as New User

  1. Click the Start menu in the bottom left corner. At the top left of the start menu, click your username and then Sign out
  2. At the login screen in the bottom left, be sure to choose the account you just created
  3. Windows will begin its startup and create a new user profile (This may take a few minutes)
  4. Restart the Computer (you must restart -- not just log off)

Section Four: Log in with the local admin account

  1. Once your machine starts back up, login with the administrator account you created in section one

Section Five: Copying data to the new profile

  1. Once logged in as the local administrator account, you will need to back up any critical data on your computer
  2. Click the Start menu and click Computer or for Windows 8/10 type 'This PC' in the "Search the web and Windows" field -> under Hard Disk Drives or Devices and drives click Local Disk (C:). Note: If you saved any files in your C: drive you will need to copy those as well
  3. Click Users and then double click the folder named as your NetID or NetID.PRINCETON
  4. Select all folders by pressing (Control + A) at the same time or manually highlighting all folders
  5. Right click selected items and click Copy
  6. Navigate back to the newly created profile’s folder you created in Section One by clicking back on file explorer and selecting the folder pertaining to the new account
  7. Double click the folder and right click any open area inside and click paste
  8. You will receive a dialogue window indication to Confirm Folder Replace you will check the box for “Do this for all current items” and click Yes
  9. You will then receive another dialogue window stating “There is already a file with the same name in this location” You will check “Do this for the next X conflicts” and click Copy and Replace ( You will see a progress bar indicating the estimated time this will take )

Section Six: Logging in as local as New User

  1. Click the Start menu button -> Expand Shut down options -> Click Switch User Note. For Windows 10 Click the Start menu click on current account at the top then Lock
  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. Select Small icons in ‘View by:’
  3. Double Click the Mail Icon and Click Show Profiles
  4. Click Remove and answer Yes to the warning
  5. Click Add
  6. Give the new profile a name ex. Outlook Mail.
  7. Click OK
  8. An add account wizard will appear Select Cancel and a dialogue box will ask if you want to create a profile with no email accounts, Click OK. If you do not want to create a profile at all, click Cancel
  9. Click OK and click OK again in the initial mail window
  10. Open Microsoft Outlook
  11. Click File > Open& Export > Click Import/Export
  12. Select Import from another program or file
  13. Click Next and select Outlook Data file (.pst) and Click Next.
  14. Click Browse and select the “Desktop” on the left under favorite links.
  15. Locate the backup.pst file and click Open.
  16. Click Next
  17. 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 (Windows 7/8): Removing your computer from the Domain

  1. Open the Start Menu then right click Computer or search for “This Computer” and right click for drop down
  2. Select Properties
  3. On the left select Advanced System Settings
  4. Select the Computer Name tab
  5. Click on Change
  6. Select the radio button for Workgroup and type “WORKGROUP”
  7. You may be prompted for domain credentials 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

Section Nine (Windows 10): Removing your computer from the Domain

  1. Using Cortana/Search Bar search for ‘computer’
  2. Right click ‘This PC’ & Select Properties
  3. On the left select Advanced system Settings
  4. Select the Computer Name tab
  5. Click on Change
  6. Select the radio button for Workgroup and type “Workgroup” in the space provided
  7. You may be prompted for domain credentials 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:
April 26, 2016

Solution ID:
9838