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How do I logon to a domain using Windows 7?

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We have acquired a new laptop at work which came with Windows 7 Premium installed, but that would not allow us to logon to our domain.
I read that this was available in Windows 7 Professional, so we upgraded.
However, I still cannot see how to offer the "domain"-type logon screen. We are always presented with just the Welcome screen offering the local user names.
I have read on some web-sites that in Windows 7 you don't get a drop-down menu of domain names and have to key in the full "domain\user" details, but I can't even seem to be able to find how to do this.
Can someone point me to the settings in Windows 7 that will allow this?
Many thanks. Colin.
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by:bmatumbura
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Make sure the computer is joined to a domain first...
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by:sflbuzzman
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Right Click on My Computer and go to Properties.
About half way down you will see where you can change name and add to domain or workgroup.
See attached picture.
Once you click on change settings it will look familar to you
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by:ploftin
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1. Right-click Computer and select Properties (or press Windows Key + PAUSE) to open the System Properties.
2. Scroll down to the computer name section, and click Change settings.
3. Clck the Change button.
4. Set the computer name (if desired) and click Member of Domain: and type your domain name in the box and click OK.
5. Enter your domain admin credentials (or other credentials that can add computers to the domain).

Reboot and you'll get the domain login options.
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by:woolnoir
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you can tweak the login screen with the following policies, either local or via the domain

Computer config > Admin templates > System > Logon : Assign a default domain for logon
Computer config > Windows settings > Security Settings > Security options: Interactive Logon: Don't display last username

Windows vista and 7 removed the old style login screen, which is a shame , but the above can begin to return it.
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by:colinasad
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Thanks for the prompt responses.
I also discovered how to use "Security Settings" to prompt for a username and password rather than just the Welcome screen.
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