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I have a Windows 7 laptop that was connected to a Windows domain controller. The domain controller is no longer in operation and has been shut off. The laptop, now stand alone, works fine, but I want to know the impact of keeping the account that I use as a domain account even though it will never rejoin that particular network.

Additionally, I would like to know how to convert my domain account into a local account. I have read a few entries here, but they all seem like they are related to older versions of the OS.

Ultimately, I don't want to reconfigure all of my applications; which I have fine tuned to my liking and workflow. Creating a local account from scratch would mean that I have to re configure all of my apps and in some cases reinstall.

Please advise.


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Have you tried creating a local account and copying the profile across to the new user? Ideally, take a disk image before you start changing things. – Andrew Mar 28 '12 at 6:03

I've used Windows Easy Transfer to move a local account to a domain account, and I'm certain the reverse could be done. Best of all it's free and built into Windows 7. You can find it here.

You can also do it this way:

  • Reboot computer
  • Login as a local admin
  • Right-click "My Computer", choose Properties
  • Advanced User Settings, User Profiles Settings, click "Settings"
  • Highlight the previous user, click "Copy To"
  • In the "Copy To" dialog box, browse to the profile of the new user and click ok on the "Browse" dialog box.
  • In the "Copy To" dialog box, Permitted to use section, click "Change" and add the local user and click "OK".
  • Then Click "OK" in the "Copy To" dialog box and "OK" all the way out.

I'm trying to think of any major impacts of using the domain account but since logon caching is enabled you'll always be able to get into the machine. I would still create a local account, copy my settings, then disjoin from the domain (assuming you have local admin access)

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