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Laptop is running XP home but no Domain

I have a laptop running XP Home SP2.  When I try to add it to the domain at work, it won't because under My Computer, properties,    there is only a choice for a Workgroup.   There is no chioice to add the laptop to a domain.  How can i get this to appear so i can add the laptop to a domain?
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Naser GabajCommented:
Hi syssolut,

XP home is made for home users in order to join it to the domain you need to upgrade it to XP Pro, Also there is a way around this, I'll update you about it, just get this first and let me know

Good Luck!

Naser GabajCommented:
If you need to access some data in your domain, here is the answer:

If you insist to join it as a home edition to the domain then here is the link "but it's not recommended":


Good luck,

You will come up against all sorts of problems even using the workaround listed above.

Do the right thing and buy the upgrade to XP Pro.  The amount of time spent messing around with home is not worth the effort.


Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Hello there,

Windows xp home is intended for "Home" use and cannot join a domain. Home vs Pro they are quiet similar but XP Pro has more enhanced tools for networking and is intedned for Office use.

Hope this helps.
Upgrade to XP professional.  Just insert the XP PRo disk in the CD drive, and install, in 30 mins, you have solved the problem of Home, this is a crippled, spastic child, you dont want it for serious networking.

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