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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 82349 27-Apr-2011 19:27 Send private message

We just purchased a desktop computer at work for a new employee, and it came with Windows 7 Home Premium and won't connect to our server running Microsoft Small Business Server 2003.

I've done some googling on it, and it seems that the Home version won't connect to a domain, because M$ is stingy and cripples their lesser versions of Windows.

I've tried the work-arounds mentioned on the net (naming the computer the same name as the server and making the Windows logon name/password the same as the user's server logon name/password) but still can't seem to get any joy.

Anyone have any other tricks/recommendations?


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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 463321 28-Apr-2011 12:15 Send private message

Windows XP Home didn't join domains either.

Whoever purchased it made a mistake when checking the spec's/requirements, such is life.

Acquire a Win 7 Pro license and do a clean install imo.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 463342 28-Apr-2011 13:05 Send private message

You can probably manage to do an AnyTime upgrade online, which would be the cheapest way of getting there.

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  Reply # 463544 28-Apr-2011 23:04 Send private message

Thanks for your replies.
I will find out how much it is.

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