Best Way to Connect a PC Running Media Center 2002 to a Domain
Posted on 2008-11-07
Here is my situation. I have two networks in my home - one for work and one for personal use (wife and kids). The work LAN uses a Windows 2003 SBS server. The SBS server acts as my domain controller. The home network is set up as a Workgroup. I need to take one of my "home PCs" that is currently on the home network workgroup and move it to the work network that uses a domain. The home PC is running XP Media Center 2002 SP3.
When I tried doing this on my own I was surprised to see that the option under My Computer==> Properties==> Computer Name to assign my computer to a domain is disabled/greyed out. I saw some previous posts on this site that explained that Microsoft turned off the domain functionality in Media Center. I have also read about some registry hacks/work arounds that would solve this problem. I am looking for advice on the easiest/quickest way to get this PC attached to my domain. So far I know of a few possibilities:
1. Tweaking the registry (this makes me nervous)
2. Buying a XP Pro upgrade (roughly $120) and upgrading my Media Center to XP Pro. (Note I don't care if I lose Media Center capabilities as I never use them). Can I upgrade MC 2002 to XP Pro?
3. Buying a retail version of XP Pro (roughly $230) and wiping my PC's hard drive and doing a clean install. If I go this route, what is the easiest way to not lose all my files and settings?
4. I read somewhere if I upgrade to Media Center 2005 I will have the option of assigning the computer to a domain during the installation.
5. Upgrading to Vista - I prefer not to do this as all of my computers are running XP.
Which approach would you recommend and what5. specific steps should I take?
Thanks so much!!!
Any other idea?