The machine was in a domain where it got those group policy settings. Fortunately, there is a rather ingenious way to fix this problem. Hopefully this answer will get around to enough sysadmins to fix that. This solution is dependent upon the machine-in-question being dis-joined from the domain.Now it has left the domain but it still receives the settings from the group policy. I set a certain power option but soon it will be reset to another power option which is endorsed by the domain. Delete the "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft" Key (looks like a folder). If it is physically off the domain, and you ARE using a local account to log on, and it still carries the group policy settings, not only would i be very surprised, but something is wrong. If it is NOT dis-joined from the domain via the OS, then this will NOT work.The most common issue with Group Policy is a setting not being applied.The first place to check is the Scope Tab on the Group Policy Object (GPO).The conversion went quite well, however a few cases did show up where some Windows XP computers were not mapping the drives.After some investigation, I was able to determine that this was caused by a missing Windows Update.A few of my computers that were not imaged correctly had the same Sus Client ID used by my Windows Update Server which prevented them from downloading updates and reporting status.
If it is physically off the domain, and you ARE using a local account to log on, and it still carries the group policy settings, not only would i be very surprised, but something is wrong. To answer your question - yes it's physically removed from the domain and now joins a workgroup. I'm not sure if power settings and windows update settings fall under the same category but OP's scenario sounds quite possible.Even so, Group Policy may be something you find of value.- Reminder - For many months now I've been posting a reminder about ' Patch Tuesday' or ' Second Tuesday' as it has come to be known when Microsoft releases the latest round of updates for Windows XP and other products.For info if you have this on a computer that has not been removed from the domain.Export the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Group Policy hive then delete it.