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Windows 7: Connecting to domain

16 Dec 2010   #1
Ch@n

 
Connecting to domain

Hi all,

We have got a laptop with Windows 7 home premium pre-installed. My office has windows 2003 server acting as a domain controller.

When we open the dialog which specifies workgroup and domain, it displays the foll message,

Code:
you can change the name and workgroup membership of this computer. you can not join the computer running windows 7 Home premium to a domain
I came to know that home premium version cannot be connected to a domain. And a googling made me aware of a registry hack which enables it. Tried it, but still no go.

Any other possibilities?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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16 Dec 2010   #2
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

nope sorry mate. Its part of the os that is not included with Home Premium.
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16 Dec 2010   #3
Ch@n

 

OMG!!!
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16 Dec 2010   #4
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Chill.
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16 Dec 2010   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Since this is a business, why was it purchased with Home Premium, and not Pro? Sound like the person in charge of purchasing doesn't know what they are doing. Anyway, do the anytime upgrade to Professional, or, if your company already owns licenses, you can upgrade on the fly.
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16 Dec 2010   #6
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ch@n View Post
Hi all,

We have got a laptop with Windows 7 home premium pre-installed. My office has windows 2003 server acting as a domain controller.

When we open the dialog which specifies workgroup and domain, it displays the foll message,

Code:
you can change the name and workgroup membership of this computer. you can not join the computer running windows 7 Home premium to a domain
I came to know that home premium version cannot be connected to a domain. And a googling made me aware of a registry hack which enables it. Tried it, but still no go.

Any other possibilities?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
This didn't work?

Problem solved by adding a line to registry.
If you's using Windows Server 2003 or below:

1. Access HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
2. Create a new DWORD entry called LmCompatibilityLevel
3. Modify the entry and set the value to 1
4. Reboot

We're able to connect to our server in the office using Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium.
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16 Dec 2010   #7
Ch@n

 

^^ the above registry trick didnt work. I believe, it should be done on the server. The DWORD was not there and I created.

@DF
It was the OEM version. But we have license for Vista business. Any chance of a upgrade now?
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16 Dec 2010   #8
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hi Ch@n,

If it's possible for you to upgrade to XP Pro, it will be much better. We had 2 Vista Business Machines at work that cause so much trouble and good thing that I can downgrade it to XP Pro, all is well now. Just a thought.
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16 Dec 2010   #9
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ch@n View Post
^^ the above registry trick didnt work. I believe, it should be done on the server. The DWORD was not there and I created.

@DF
It was the OEM version. But we have license for Vista business. Any chance of a upgrade now?
I believe the registry adjustment is done on the Win7 machine and it only allows access to shares on the domain but you can't actually join the domain.
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16 Dec 2010   #10
brady

 

Why is joining the domain that big of deal? You can still access all of it's resources through the "connect as" prompts? file sharing / printers... etc.
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