The nonprofit think tank for which I spent the last seven years working on climate and energy policy has gone bankrupt. It is no more. The server is returned to the company that rented it to us, and the offices are closed and have new tenants.
As part of the shutdown, I agreed to compete work on a few grants without pay, mainly to preserve my own reputation with foundations I may need to work with in the future. My nonprofit gave me the laptop I have been using so that I could fulfill these obligations.
My computer is still on the work domain and governed by work policies, even though the network does not exist. It is behaving in a buggy manner, and I have reason to suspect this is related to bollixed network settings due slapdash changes in our last year of operation. I also want to remove
I have no IT support. I do have the administrator password. In fact, I am now using the Administrator account as my main and only normal account.
I would like to remove the domain and domain policies from the computer while keeping my data and installed programs. In particular, there is specialized econometric modeling software, including two different proprietary models of the economy of California, for which the disks somehow disappeared in the move out of the office and that it would be difficult for me to replace. I need these models to complete the work I have promised to do.
Is this possible? Can anyone walk me through it?
I have Windows Vista Ultimate with SP2. The computer is an HP Pavilion with an Intel Core 2 and 2 gig of RAM. (I know this is an oddball machine for a workplace to buy, but there it is). This machine did not come with Vista disks (though the Vista & office are certified genuine). The disks are supposed to be on a partition of the hard drive, as I understand it. (It shows up in Computer as HP_RECOVERY D:) I do have the MS-Office disks, and the software CD folder from the office with about 50 assorted CDs in it, should I need them.
Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.