Re-joining offline domain

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August 26, 2009 at 19:39:54
Specs: Windows 2000
I disjoined my Windows 2000 Professional laptop from a Windows 2000 domain while offline (thinking I didn't need it anymore) but now I need to re-join the domain offline (because I want to access desktop profile and envrionment settings). I am failing to rejoin the domain so that I can select the old domain when logging on (I can only login locally now). I know the information is cached on my laptop. I can't physical go back to the company I was working for and login to rejoin thier domain because I left that company. How can I re-join the domain using cached domain information on my laptop?

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August 27, 2009 at 15:08:21
You can't. Even if you wanted to since it would have taken the company admin to add you back.

Your old profile is still on your drive. You can copy it to your present profile if you desire. I would make a new account and copy it there.

You will find it under Documents and Settings

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August 27, 2009 at 16:56:18
Thanks Wanderer, true I can access all my documents. But the reason I want to login to my old company domain profile is because I have projects I worked on logged on in that account. Some of the projects are complex involving Java libraries that I spent a lot of time setting the environment settings and I can't replicate in local profile by copying files. So I am wondering if there is a genius out there who can tell me how I can log back to the domain account, the problem is I don't get the option to login to that domain on the login screen. If I somehow I can "fool or hack" the computer or activate the login to the domain account my problem would be solved because the login information is there cached. If this can't be technically done, how can I "copy" the enviroment settings from the domain account on my laptop?

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August 28, 2009 at 10:27:40
Doesn't appear you even tried what I suggested.

"I can't replicate in local profile by copying files."

And you base this conclusion on what?

Where do you think the desktop and env settings are contained if not in your username.domainname profile?

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August 29, 2009 at 17:31:33
"So I am wondering if there is a genius out there who can tell me how I can log back to the domain account" As wanderer said, you can't do what you want to do.

Should have thought about the ramifications before removing the Domain authentication.


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