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I have a box currently sitting in an AD domain. I need to remove it from said domain and drop it into a workgroup.

I don't want to lose the 2-3 user profiles on the box.

I think I could use USMT to migrate, but it seems like overkill. Is there an easy way to copy the profiles over so they will usable once I put the machine in workgroup-land? Something as simple as copying over \users\ and some reg entries, maybe?

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Most of the time just ensuring the local user (workgroup user) has read/write access to their profile folder in \Users\ will work OK. Of course the folder cannot have a name like tim.DOMAIN, if my new local (workgroup) user was named tim the folder would need the same name.


  1. add the new "local user", computername\user opposed to domain\user

  2. ensure the new "local user" has read/write access to the folder in question

  3. Remove from domain and logoff (reboot is best)

  4. Login as new "local user"

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Perfect - in my case. folder names are simply users\<username> vs. users\<username>.domain. So it sounds like all I need to do is put this sucker back into a workgroup and then recreate the domain user as a workgroup user on the local machine? – Russell Christopher Jan 10 '12 at 16:11
Updating my answer with steps.. – Tim Jan 10 '12 at 17:06

Another note: When I need to migrate profiles from user machines, I use the free version of ProfileWizard:

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Interesting, but this seems to be a solution for migrating to a domain account vs. a workgroup account? – Russell Christopher Jan 10 '12 at 16:13

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