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Cannot Join Domain using XP Pro

When I go under system properties --> Computer Name --> Change --> Under Member of it will not allow me to select Domain, it is not an active radiobutton only the workgroup is active.

I've done this dozens of time before, I'm sure I'm overlooking something simple, just have no ideas right now.

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DbergertCommented:
Check permissions,  what user are you logged into the box with?
Can you try to log in as a admin and then attempt to change ?
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JeremyPageCommented:
Can you ping your domain controller and is your DNS server set to a "real" DNS server, like a DC or something else that will have all the information for your domain?
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DbergertCommented:
I agree with Jeremy, I've also seen this before, with issues of name resolution, the DNS needs to be that of a DC to join a domain as well... so I would check this alos with the permissions.
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
I logged on as an administrator, I just purchased this laptop, installed all software, and was about to join the domain and can't. The administrator is the only account currently setup.
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
I dont believe it's anything on the server side, I've added dozens of computers to this server before without any issues.
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Just pinged the DNS without any problems
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JeremyPageCommented:
Please put down ipconfig /all from this host
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Considering its a brand new computer there no previous steps or setting changes that must occur before joining the domain correct. Because previously I dont remember doing anything other then simply joing the domain, followed by adding domain users.
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JeremyPageCommented:
That's correct, it should let you add it to the domain as long as you have admin rights both to the local box and the domain. Can you please post your IPConfig /all information?
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
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JeremyPageCommented:
Are you sure this version is running XP pro? Home cannot join a domain
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Windows IP Configuration

Host Name ...................... LifeBook
Primary Dns Suffix ...........
Node Type ...................... Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled .......... No
WINS proxy Enabled ........ No
DNS Suffix Search List ..... 1stkeystone.local
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Yes, I know about Home, i did not install the OS, it was pre-installed, however under General in system properties its says Windows XP Version 2002 Service Pack 2
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
Try turning off Fast User Switching if it is on.
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Whats the best way to verify if its Home or Professional?
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JeremyPageCommented:
The boot screen should tell you if it's home or Pro.
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DbergertCommented:
You might also what to  check the event logs on the workstation and server to see if there is any hints...

Also,  you might want to try the "Network ID" button rather then the "Change" as I think you can specifially put in the domain and domain admin info into the settings.
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
the boot screen says Windows XP
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
What does it say if you type winver at the run prompt?

Also if you do a MSconfig at the run prompt and look at the BOOT.INI it should have an entry of "Microsoft Windows XP Professional" ... saves you from rebooting.
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DbergertCommented:
Also if it is a new laptop there should be a sticker with the Windows Key that should tell you if it is home or pro..
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Changed fast user switching to off... no difference
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
What does the boot ini say.?
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Winver

Microsoft Windows
Version 5.1(build 2600.xpsp.050928-1517 : Service Pack 2)
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
How about the boot.ini with msconfig.
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Boot.INI

[boot loader]
timeout =30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition"/noexecute=optin /fastdetect
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DbergertCommented:
That is why


http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/evaluation/faq.mspx

Can I connect a new PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to a work network or domain?

While you can access network resources on a work network or a domain, you cannot join a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 PC to the domain. PCs running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 are designed specifically for home use. Windows XP Professional features, specifically Domain Join and Cached Credentials (Credentials Manager for logons) are not included. As a result, you will be prompted for your logon user name and password to access network resources after you reboot or log back on to the PC. In addition, file shares or network resources that are set to require a domain-joined PC for access will not be available. Remote Desktop and Encrypting File System support are still included.
Playback
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Also if it is a new laptop there should be a sticker with the Windows Key that should tell you if it is home or pro..


The small sticker on the front reads

Micosoft Windows XP

The sticker on the back with the license key reads

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

is this Professional or another version of windows?
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
It's essentially Windows XP home.
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DbergertCommented:
See my commnet above.. Media Cetner is a HOME version...

you will not be able to join the domain with it.
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
That explains it thanks.

Now I just have to reformat using XP PRO
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Now I have to figure out how gets the points, Dbergert and Pber both were helpful in the conclusion
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DbergertCommented:
Actually here is a "hack" that you could use.....  to have it join.

http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=267131

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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Its going to be alot easier for me to simply reformat. thanks though
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JeremyPageCommented:
Hmm, thought I was the first one to ask about Pro/Home but glad you got it figured out. I'd be careful about hacking it,  it might work but it's a license violation , which can get expensive if you're ever audited and will probably break service packs.
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SchmidtZ28Author Commented:
Jeremy thanks for your help also, I already knew about the home version not working.  So it was more an issue of figuring out exactly what version I was on.  Thanks for the help though
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