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How to migrate to a new domain on same PC, keeping settings, data and even programs - Windows 10, 8 or 7

In this article, we'll see how to switch an existing workstation to a new domain (or go from a local user to a domain user, on the same computer). In addition to profiles and data, you will also be able to copy applications and their settings, should you decide to transfer those as well.

Are you looking to migrate to a new domain between two separate computers? That guide is here.
Are you looking for a way to migrate an actual Windows server, and not just end-users? Check out our tutorial for server migration.

Of course, you can just join the new domain, log in as a new, blank user and manually recover his data, recreate the profile, transfer Outlook accounts etc. What we want, however, is a way to do all that automatically, without investing all the effort.

The product we will use is Zinstall Migration Kit Pro. It can do all kinds of migration tasks, and profile migration happens to be one of them. The transfer includes all of user data and personalization. Plus, it can even transfer user install applications, if needed. This process works for Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, 7, Vista and XP.

This process does not disrupt the profile SIDs, and transfers settings in a way that is identical to a human operator manually transferring data and reconfiguring settings. This part ensures that the new domain is not "trashed" with remnants of the old one.

Here is how the process works:

How to switch a user profiles from old computer to new domain

  1. Log in as the original, old domain user (OLD-DOMAIN\USER).
  2. Run the Migration Kit Pro, and use its "Moving from Machine to Container" scenario. Note: You can download the Kit here, and its user guide here.
  3. This will create a full capture, similar to an image, which you can store on any shared storage, external drive, or - if space permits - on the workstation itself.
  4. Now, join the workstation to the new domain.
  5. Log in as the replacement, new domain user (NEW-DOMAIN\USER)
  6. Run Zinstall Migration Kit Pro under the new domain user.
  7. Use the "Moving from Container to Machine" scenario, and point to the container you've created in step 3.
  8. If you'd like to exclude some of the folders / files etc., press the Advanced button. If you just want to transfer everything, you don't need to go to the Advanced menu.
  9. Keep going through the wizard and press "Go" to start the transfer
  10. Profile recovery will take a while (depending on how much data you have to transfer), and report to you when done.

Note that you can also use the Kit in a command-line mode, which is useful in SCCM and other management tools integration.

That's it! The profile contents are transferred to the new domain's user profile - and the migration is complete.

Ready to transfer your users to a new domain? Get Zinstall Migration Kit Pro here (or contact us for volume discounts).