XP Pro - Network ID --> Disabled ?

Posted on 2006-04-12
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hello All;

  Just installed "WinXP Pro" And am trying to get it onto the Domain Network.
But, something that I have never seen before...

When I "Right Click" on [My Computer]
And go to the [Computer Name] Tab.
The: [Network ID] is "Disabled"

When I go to [Change] computer name
The [Domain] Radio-Button & Field is Disabled?
When I installed the system, I made it a "Workgroup" Member.
As I do with all the computers in the office.
This helps for correcting problems if they shall arise.
Then I join the computers to the "Domain" after all Updates and Patches
Are taken care off.
But in this case, WinXP Pro, is not allowing me to join the Domain.

Any idea's on this issue?

Thanks all.
Question by:Wayne Barron
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    Expert Comment

    Are you running Novell?
    Is the Client for Microsoft Networks installed?
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    by:Wayne Barron
    Not running "Novell"
    "Client for Microsoft Network" = Is installed
    "File and Print sharing for Microsoft Networks" = Installed

    NIC is installed, and connected through the network, and is on the Internet.
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    by:Wayne Barron
    Just found something.
    Might have to reinstall the system?
    And, if the machine is running Windows Media Center 2005, which is built on
    XP Pro, it will not join a domain, either, except during the initial

    I am running "Windows Media Center 2005"

    So that might answer this question.

    If no idea's come along within the next 2-3 hours on this one,
    Then I will reinstall the system.
    No big-deal, as I just installed it a few hours ago anyway, and do not
    have a lot of stuff installed at the moment.

    Take Care and thank all for any suggestions/information on this one.
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    Expert Comment

    Understand about the reinstall and if you're comfortable with that it will probably resolve everything within a few hours. Remember to copy your data, favorties, etc.
    You might attempt a Repair. Just a suggestion. If it was my system I wouldn't waste my time with the Repair when a reinstall is an option. I like clean installations.
    I'll keep searching for an answer. :-)
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    Expert Comment

    Just found a post commenting on Media Center. I had never heard of this before.
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    Expert Comment

    This is the second posting that I've located concerning wireless software and order of listed networks. You might give this a look.
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    by:Wayne Barron
    Hey David.

    As for the Backup's and so forth. I am the one of the biggest supporters of backing up data
    And doing Reinstalls rather then repairs and so forth here on EE.
    As for a Repair, no that would not work, as doing a Repair, does not mess with the
    Network settings, everything stays the same, and nothing can be changed during
    The repair, all the repair does is simply copy/over-write files.
    Both of the links that you provided does not have no further help in this issue.
    As they are just about as lost as what I was until I found the link that I provided above.

    A Reinstall/Join the Domain will have to be a "must" in this case/issue.

    I am going to have this question:  PAQ/Refund
    As the information that I have provided above seems to be the abvious in this topic.

    Take Care David, and thanks for the try, always welcomed.
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    by:Wayne Barron
    Just to update.

    Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
    To join a Domain you must join the Domain during the Initial Windows Installation Setup.
    This is a must, there is no way around this issue.
    This is a known issue with Microsoft, and was designed like this.
    Due to some of the components in "Media Center" using something that the Domain
    Uses, so it is Disabled if not initialized during Installation.

    Good Luck All

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