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Remove obsolete works domain from vista

 
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buttkid



Joined: 07 Dec 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:24 pm    Post subject: Remove obsolete works domain from vista Reply with quote

Hi
I have an RM laptop which I was allowed to keep when I left my previous employment. The operating system is windows vista.
When the laptop boots up each time I am asked to log on to the old domain with my old works password. I can do this still and get full access to everything however it is a nuisance having to do so. I have full administration rights but no restore CD.
How can I remove the old domain and keep all of the programs working.I guess i am asking to set the laptop up as if it were never asigned to a domain and bought new by myself
I appreciate any help
Regards
John
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JonS



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your employers computer bods did their job properly, the machine will almost certainly have a range of policy restrictions in place to limit / control how the machine was used.
I've been faced with this situation several times and I've found its always best to wipe the machine and start again with a clean installation.
From memory RM laptops usually come with a hidden recovery image, and if you are lucky then that may not have been deleted during the setup process by your company. You should be able to access it at startup, probably through the F8 / "repair my computer" menu option
However theres a point to remember here - by transferring the machine to you, you have lost the right to legally use the software installed, except for the original operating system (as specified in the CofA label). You don't have the rights to anything else - unless the disks and licences were transferred to you (e.g. Office). So in theory you need to buy all the software again
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buttkid



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestion and the advice, however I have tried doing as you say and there is no repair my computer menu.
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John
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JonS



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RM machines system recovery details are listed at http://www.rm.com/Support/TechnicalArticle.asp?cref=TEC872330

If the "repair" option is missing from the F8 menu then the bods at your company have wiped the recovery image. You're going to need to borrow a windows setup DVD to reinstall the machine
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