Adding  XP home to a 2000 Domain ? ?

neilwillis
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Hi,

I have been looking into the possibilities at adding an XP Home PC to a 2000 Server, and there are mixed stories!

Some say it cant be done, go buy the Pro version (which I don’t want to do because I just received my order and ALL 5 NEW PC's were DELL with XP home installed, and they didn’t say I needed XP pro even when I told them what I wanted to do with them.... AS YOU CAN TELL IAM NEW TO NETWORKING AND SERVERS...


The other story is that you CAN get an XP home PC to log onto a 2000 server Domain.


Can ANYONE help me on this matter.... I really hope its the latter ?


Cheers


Neil
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You unfortunately cannot. You may find a hack to let you do this but it would be against the license agreement.

The ability to join a Domain is only available in Pro.
Please see here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/whichxp.asp
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Windows XP in a Domain Environment
http://microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/evaluation/overviews/xpindomain.asp

How to Change a Computer Name or Join a Domain in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;295017
NOTE: Home Edition is not designed to join domains; only workgroups. To join domains, use Professional version or above.


However this link says using Xteq X-Setup will fix this.
http://vowe.net/archives/001639.html

Windows XP Home cannot join a domain, or can it?
Normally, Windows XP Home Edition cannot join network domains, simply peer-to-peer workgroups. However, there is a fix which can solve the problem and allow WinXP Home Edition to join a domain. Microsoft wanted to cripple Windows XP Home Edition so that it could not be used on domains, which would force many to upgrade to the more expensive Windows XP Professional Edition simply to join a network domain. However, it -is- possible to get on a domain using Windows XP Home Edition.

This can also be accomplished with the free and widely available Xteq X-Setup 6.1 by navigating to the "Network \ Auto Login \ Windows NT/2K/XP \ Settings" option within X-Setup. Simply enter the appropriate information and click "Apply Changes" - upon your next reboot, you can then join domains with WinXP Home Edition. Problem solved. X-Setup includes many other useful Windows XP tweaks / hacks / etc. for Windows XP as well, all free for personal use.

Download  Xteq X-Setup 6.1 here
http://www.xteq.com/products/xset/ 

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