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I have a PC that has a normal user account and an administrator account that is now disabled, the PC was part of a workgroup but I would like to join it to my domain. Is there a way I can force it to join the domain?
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you would need a domain admin or an account that has the ability to join a domain to do this - you cannot do it with a normal user account or local admin account
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You need to have both the local admin account AND domain admin account. You need sign in with the local admin account and then provide the domain admin credentials when you join the domain.

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yes, I log in as normal ser locally (onto PC) but I want to join domain, but of course this account does not have priv's to do this, is there a dos way of doing it?
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No - without the Local Admin and the Domain Admin Account you are stuffed. It its a case of the local admin password being forgotten see https://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_20348448.html

The only other option you have is to re-install XP

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While logged on as the normal user open a command window (cmd.exe).
In the command window type "AT" (without quotes) and press enter.

If you receive the message "There are no entries in the list." there may be some hope.
I suspect you will receive "Access is denied." instead.

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Hi

You dont need a local admin account/password but you do need a local user account with admin privilegies. And of course administrator password for the domain.

The correct way to add a client to SBS domain is to use the wizard by \\servername\connectcomputer.
You must have a user and a computer account in the domain.

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I'm glad that my answer provided a solution for you... but I'm curious... since I offered a number of possibilities, what was the actual problem?

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Kelvinwkx, just FYI, the link you provided is NOT the proper method for joining a workstation to a Small Business Server's domain.  See http://sbsurl.com/add for the way it's done in SBS-land.

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Hi TechSoEasy,
Thank you for the information. But I did not see the author specifically mentioned about adding workstation to SBS domain. I am just giving another possible answer.

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