Moving a Windows 7 system from one domain to another
If you need to move a Windows 7 system from one domain to another and also
migrate a user's profile from the old domain to the new one, you can take
the steps listed below, which I've used to migrate a Windows 7 Ultimate
system from a
Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 domain to a
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain.
If you need to migrate a
user profile, you can run the
Transfer wizard first to copy profiles to a location on the system
from which you can import them after moving the system to a new domain or
to a USB flash drive, etc. that you can use after the transition has been
completed. Or you can the ForensiT
Profile Wizard even after you've migrated the system to the new domain
to reuse profile information from the old domain.
You can transition the system from the old domain to the new one with the
Click on the Windws
Right-click on Computer
In the System window, scroll down to the "Computer name, domain,
and workgroup settings" section and click on Change settings.
In the System Properties window, click on the Network ID
For the "Select the option that describes your network" window, leave
"This computer is part of a business network; I use it to connect to
other computers at work" selected and click on Next.
At the "Is your company network on a domain?" window, leave "My company uses
a network with a domain" selected and click on Next.
At the next window you will be informed that you need the following:
- Your user name
- Your logon password
- Your user account domain name
You might also need:
- Your computer name
- Your computer domain name
If you don't have this information, conact your network administrator.
Click on the Next button at this window.
At the next window, provide an administrator user name and password
and the domain name for the new domain then click on Next.
Provide a computer name for the computer that you are going to join to the
domain. The default value that will appear in the Computer name
field will be the existing name, but you can change it. Put the new
domain name in the Computer domain field.
You will then see a Domain User Name and Password window. Provide
the name of an administrator account in the new domain and the password for
the domain and put the new domain name in the Domain field. Then
click on OK
You will then see a window informing you that "You must restart your computer
to apply these changes". Click on Finish.
If you have been working on anything in open applications that you haven't
yet saved, save anything you need to save and when you get to the "You must
restart your computer to apply these changes" window with the Restart
Now button, click on that button to reboot the system.
After Windows reboots, you will see a password field for the account in
the old domain that you last used to log into the system. Click on the
Switch User button and provide an account name and password that
are valid in the new domain.
If you changed the computer name when you joined the system to the
new domain, the computer description may still reflect the old name.
You can change it also by clicking on the Start button and
selecting Control Panel at the
Then select System and Security and then System.
At the System window, in the "Computer name, domain, and
workgroup settings" section, click on Change settings. At
the System Properties window, you can change the contents of
the Computer description field. Then click on OK. You
don't need to reboot the system, if you just change the system description.
Created: Friday January 1, 2016