Remove a computer from a Windows domain
Published: August 21, 2012
Updated: August 26, 2013
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
This topic applies to a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, or to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed.
To remove a computer from its domain, you will be prompted for the user name and password of the domain account.
Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings.
Note If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the domain password or provide confirmation.
In the System Properties dialog box, click the Computer Name tab, and then click Change.
In the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box, under Member of, click Workgroup, and then do one of the following:
To join an existing workgroup, type the name of the workgroup that you want to join, and then click OK.
To create workgroup, type the name of the workgroup that you want to create, and then click OK.
Note Your computer will be removed from the domain and your computer account on that domain will be disabled.
- To join an existing workgroup, type the name of the workgroup that you want to join, and then click OK.