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This Article will help you connect a computer to a Domain.

** Bear in mind only computers running Windows XP/Vista/7 Professional or higher can be joined to a domain.

For Windows XP

1. Click the Start Menu and then right click My Computer and go to Properties.

2. On the window that opens click the Computer Name tab.

3. Click Change

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4. On the new window that should have popped up click the radio button next to Domain and enter the domain name then click OK.

5. You will be asked to provide the credentials of an account that has the rights to add the computer to the domain. Enter the username and password for the Administrator account.
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6. After a brief pause you will be prompted with a welcome message. Click OK/Yes through these and the Computer should restart. If not tell the computer to restart.

7. Once booted again you can log in as the new user and set up an email account or anything else required by the user.

For Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8

1. Click the Start Menu and then right click Computer and go to Properties.

2. Click Change settings

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3. Click Change
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4. On the new window that should have popped up click the radio button next to Domain and enter the domain name then click OK.
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5. You will be asked to provide the credentials of an account that has the rights to add the computer to the domain. Enter the username and password for the Administrator account.

6. After a brief pause you will be prompted with a welcome message. Click OK/Yes through these and the Computer should restart. If not tell the computer to restart.

7. Once booted again you can log in as the new user and set up an email account or anything else required by the user.

** If you ever need to remove a computer from the domain you can follow this procedure and select the WORKGROUP radio button instead of Domain in step 4. Bear in mind you will need to know the username and password of a local computer account in order to access the computer once it has been removed from the domain. **