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The IT department at my school formatted my computer because all the drivers had troubles. The image they use is faulty and has given me lots of problems like the computer don't warn me about little battery, the sound settings is unavailable and so on. It has problems connection to the internet.. I've told them again and again that they have to fix it (we pay for the computer ourselves) but they just shrug and say they don't know how to fix it and that they can't do anything about the image they have.

If I format the computer myself, can I connect to the school domain again, or am I in a bit of a dillemma here?

EDIT: Admin on the domain or on the local computer? And we have a network on the school only those who bought the computer can use, other have to use the guest network. Is this set up via the domain, or through software on the computer? Does joining the domain give my school complete administrative rights to the computer, or is it just like using the image they use?

Thanks for your reply!

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You should always be able to join the domain through your computer properties dialog Computer properties dialogChange domain dialog

But you might need to provide administrative credentials in the process.

Update: In response to your comments: To join a domain (to my knowledge) you need to provide credentials for an account that is part of the Administrators group of the domain. A local administrator account won't be sufficient. When joining your computer into the domain, you give up control over your computer. Even while logged into a local Administrator account, some functionality might no longer be available to you. A domain administrator could set it up so that your computer is administered by your domain user account (but given how you described how they dealt with your current issue, that is unlikely).
After you joined the domain, you can use your assigned username and password to log into your domain user account (as you suggested in your comment).
How they limit certain users/devices to certain networks could be achieved in several ways. But I could only offer wild assumptions on that point.

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Thanks for your quick reply! Admin on the domain or on the local computer? And we have a network on the school only those who bought the computer can use, other have to use the guest network. Is this set up via the domain, or through software on the computer? Does joining the domain give my school complete administrative rights to the computer, or is it just like using the image they use? –  Friend of Kim Jan 29 '12 at 16:50
    
And we naturally have a username and password. Do I connect to the domain as you described, and just log off and log on again with the username and password I was given at start of the year? –  Friend of Kim Jan 29 '12 at 16:52
    
@50ndr33: 1) Usually yes; the local "Administrators" group includes "Domain Admins". You can usually remove it, though -- but it can be enforced via Group Policy. 2) Yes. –  grawity Jan 29 '12 at 17:31

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