How to Join a Domain Using Windows

While adding a new computer system to another computer, you will require to join them using the domain. The process to join the domain in Windows is simple and easy since the server does most of the work when joining the domain. The computer works as a server through which the administration of the entire network is provided by Domain network.

To join a domain, you will need a user account on the domain which can be taken from your Network Registration, the name of the domain, a computer running with Windows operating system and the Domain Controller must be running on the Windows Server 2003. Now let’s see how to join the domain using Windows.

How to Join a Domain Using Windows

Join a Domain using Windows

Method 1

You will need to upgrade the Windows up to professional or ultimate version to join a domain. It is because the upgraded versions or editions provide the facility to back up to the business network.

  1. Click to open the Start menu.
  2. Now click to open Control Panel.
  3. Click the System and Security option.
  4. Now, click on System and a new window will open.
  5. Go to Advanced System Settings in the left panel.
  6. Click Computer Name tab in System Properties popup box.
  7. Click on the Change button of the To rename this computer click change option.
  8. Select Domain check box and type the name of the domain which you want to join.

Methods 2

This method is applicable only for Windows 10

  1. Click on Start and click the Gear icon.
  2. Now, the Settings app will open.
  3. Go to Accounts and click on the Access work or school from the left panel.
  4. Now, click the plus (+) button of Connect option in the central panel of the window.
  5. A Microsoft Account dialog box will open.
  6. Click on Join this device to a local Active directory domain link.
  7. Enter the Domain the name you want to join with.

Remember whenever you are trying to join a domain; you will need to enter an official domain name. If you are getting the error messages, then try using FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain) name.

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