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PC on my domain had to have OS reinstall... now how do i get it back on domain?

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I have a PC on an existing domain that crashed and I had to reinstall the OS (Win7).  Now I want to rejoin the domain it was on.  The domain server, active directory, DNS, everything is unchanged.  The AD still has the user and the computer object.  

I did not set up the domain and have limited knowledge on how to manage the windows 2008 server.  Is there a simple way to just make the domain see this computer the exact same way it did before I rebuilt it?
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by:Dan Craciun
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Use this Microsoft article to connect to your domain: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/connect-computer-domain#1TC=windows-7

HTH,
Dan
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maybe i wasn't clear.  I want this Computer/PC to join the domain with the same user login and same computer name that it had before i reinstalled the OS.  If i follow the instructions you linked, when i enter the machine name i am told that name is already in use.  

BUT that Active Directory Computer has rights and access and configs that i want this rebuilt machine to have (it's the same computer same user as the old machine i just reinstalled the OS).  I don't want to nor do i know how to go through and assign all those attribute to a "new" computer...
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Dan Craciun earned 2000 total points
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In your DC, reset the computer (right-click->Reset Account).

This should allow you to join again, with the same name and permissions.

HTH,
Dan
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perfect!  thank you so much!
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thank you very much.
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Glad I could help!
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