Deleting Users And Joining A Domain

by on August 15, 2006

Q: How do I blow out all users in windows XP Pro in order to use this older computer on our network? The computer was configured to be on a “work group”, instead a domain.

A: Both these task can be easily accomplished by being logged in as an administrator of the computer and going to Start -> Control Panel.

From here let’s start with moving over to a domain. You need to be in the “Classic View” (this is the view where you see icons, to get into this view just select “Classic View” from the left hand frame in the window) then you will need to double click on the System icon and then selecting the Computer Name tab. You will see the option “To rename this computer or join a domain, click Change.” So you will want to click on the Change… button. This will take you though the process of joining the domain.

Now to remove users we want to go back to the Control Panel. If you are in the “Category View” (this view says “Pick a category” at the top and has some icons with words following them and then eventually arrows with words) then click on the User Accounts and if you are in the “Classic View” also click on the User Accounts icon. From here you can easily manage the users by clicking on them.

3 Responses to “Deleting Users And Joining A Domain”

    My problem is when I click on the Change button instead of saying ‘To rename this computer or join a domain, click Change’ beside the button it says ‘To rename this computer or join a WORKGROUP, click Change’ is there a difference between a work group and a domain?rnrnIt does not semm to work if I click on it and type in our domain name where is is asking for a workgroup name.rnrnAny ideas?


    Yes there is a big difference between a domain and a workgroup. In order to join a domain you would have to have a domain server on your network setup to control all the computers. This would be a good sized computer running a version of Windows Server with the domain server started and configured correctly. I am going to assume that since you are not certain the difference between a domain and a workgroup that you don’t have this setup. What is the actual problem you are having?


    Yes we do have a domain set up, however I did not do it. It seems to be running fine. The problem I am having is one of the old computers that was setup in a work group will not allow me to add it to our domain. There is no option to add it to a domain since it was previously on a workgroup configuration. When I try to change the name of the computer and add it to our domain, where it usually asks for a domain name it is asking for a workgroup name. Is there a way to get rid of the old workgroup configuration so I can add it to our domain?