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    W2K-Network - undo?

    I bought a used computer running Windows 2000, and it has a Network setup.
    My use is as a hobby (retirement) computer, used by one person, me, in a home, not an office.
    I'm wondering if there's a way to undo this network setup? It's a pain in the butt - it stops me from doing some tasks, and
    it would be nice to have it set up as a single, home-used computer. Obviously, it's not easy, or I'm sure all the employees
    on a network would be doing nasty things to their machines, eh?
    Any help would be apprecitated, and remember, I'm not a geeky dude, I'm an old semi-dummy, OK? Thanks.

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    Re: W2K-Network - undo?

    Can you be a bit more specific about what you mean by "it has a Network setup." If you mean that it is configured as a member of a domain then you change this from Control Panel > Network Identification > Properties > choose "member of a workgroup".

    You need to have local administrative access to make this change, this means either knowing the Administrator password or having a user account which is a member of the Administrators group.

    (All above from memory as I don't have a W2K system at home).

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    Re: W2K-Network - undo?

    Of course, if you just got it, you could always re-install W2K clean and start over. You did get a W2K disk with it, didn't you?

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    Re: W2K-Network - undo?

    Had this same situation with my son's notebook this past summer. He was on a domain at his secondary school, and of course when the school term ended, all of the school's networking information, policies, restrictions, etc. were not removed. I attempted to "fine tune" the machine before he left for university this fall, but there were so many things that I could not access (didn't have the school's administrator ID or password) that I simply reformatted and started from scratch. This may be the only way to rid the machine of everything. Hopefully, as Al mentioned, the computer came with a W2K disk.
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    Re: W2K-Network - undo?

    Thanks for the replies - As you may have guessed, the used machine I bought, then had it "wiped and reloaded" ended up with Win 2000 in it. And, I didn't get the disk that it started out with, so I asked the question. Now, I'm thinking of buying the CD,
    but can't find out if it comes for "simple home use", or is bundled with the Network (Professional) stuff that I do not need.
    Even the Microsoft website can't come up with a simple answer to : "How much does it cost, and is there a "HOME" version?
    If anyone knows, I would appreciate learning. I will be shopping soon, but haven't had a chance just yet.
    Again, thanks for the help.

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    Re: W2K-Network - undo?

    This site will give you information on the different versions of Win2K. There is no "home" version as such. As far as prices, a Google for "buy Windows 2000" or "Windows 2000 prices" will again give you lots to choose from. If your system has the necessary resources (see Windows XP System Requirements ), I would recommend that you purchase Windows XP (either Home or Professional) and start fresh.
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