I decided to stop using Active Directory. I am not using roaming profile, and I wanted to retain the profile data and settings on each machine.
After some tryings with “Copy To..” and manual copying (which failed?!), I found this great piece of software: User Profile Wizard (download).
The steps I took to convert the domain accounts to local accounts are:
- Windows 7 seems to be the first system not locking profiles when logging out, you can insure by reboot in order to clear any locks on user profiles.
- Log in using local administrator account. (Enable local administrator account and set a password for it, if you didn’t did it by now)
- if you have roaming profiles – Convert them to domain local:
Control Panel -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> User Profiles -> Settings… -> Select account -> Change Type… -> Set to ‘Local Profile’. (if applicable)
- Create a new local user account:
Control Panel -> User Accounts – > Manage User Accounts – > Advanced – > Advanced
Run (Start+R) -> lusrmgr.msc.
- Run User Profile Wizard (I used v3.6),
- click Next, Select the local machine name option (not the domain), enter the username for the account created in step 4 into the account name box, you can try the ‘Set as default logon’ (didn’t work for me) and click Next.
- Select the domain account that you want to convert into a local account and click Next.
- After it’s finished, test it by logging on as the local user (i.e.MACHINENAME\Username) you created in step 4, all settings and data from old domain profile should be applied. (optional)
- SuperR (Run) – > type in “control userpasswords2” and press Enter.
- Uncheck the option “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” and Click OK
- You will then be prompted to enter the current password and confirm it.
After doing so, you will no longer be prompted to enter your password upon login to your new Local account again.