XP Media Centre Edition cannot join Domain network

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Any one know how to join a domain from within XP Media Centre Edition?

I'm log in as administrator but the Network ID in Computer Name in System
Property is greyed out. Anyone knows if there is a way round this or I is
not a feature of Media Centre Edition.

Thanks

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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Edward wrote:
    > Any one know how to join a domain from within XP Media Centre Edition?
    >
    > I'm log in as administrator but the Network ID in Computer Name in
    > System Property is greyed out. Anyone knows if there is a way round
    > this or I is not a feature of Media Centre Edition.

    Please stop Multi-Posting.
    Try Cross-Posting in the future.

    It cannot be done with a pure installation of Windows XP Media Center 2005
    (as I have pointed out to you in your other posts.) There is no NEED for it
    really. If all you want to do is access network resources, you can still do
    this - you just don't get control of the PC through Active Directory.

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  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi,

    It's not a feature of MCE, though MCE is taken from the Pro version of
    WinXP. An MCE machine is normally a stand-alone home unit and would not be
    connected to a domain.

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    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
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    "Edward" <hsmmsc@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:enFVaI8zEHA.1292@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Any one know how to join a domain from within XP Media Centre Edition?
    >
    > I'm log in as administrator but the Network ID in Computer Name in System
    > Property is greyed out. Anyone knows if there is a way round this or I is
    > not a feature of Media Centre Edition.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > ---
    > Ed
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Actually, you can join a domain, but only during a clean installation, and during the initial setup of the machine. After the initial setup is complete, this functionality is removed. This is for compatibility with the Media Center Extender devices.

    Additionally, if you're upgrading a machine that is already joined to a domain, it will remain joined. However, if you leave the domain, you can't go back.

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    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
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    "Edward" <hsmmsc@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:enFVaI8zEHA.1292@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Any one know how to join a domain from within XP Media Centre Edition?
    >
    > I'm log in as administrator but the Network ID in Computer Name in System
    > Property is greyed out. Anyone knows if there is a way round this or I is
    > not a feature of Media Centre Edition.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > ---
    > Ed
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Doug Knox MS-MVP wrote:
    > Actually, you can join a domain, but only during a clean
    > installation, and during the initial setup of the machine. After the
    > initial setup is complete, this functionality is removed. This is
    > for compatibility with the Media Center Extender devices.
    >
    > Additionally, if you're upgrading a machine that is already joined to
    > a domain, it will remain joined. However, if you leave the domain,
    > you can't go back.

    Cool.. So it is not just during upgrades? Are you saying you can do it by
    making an unattended version?

    --
    <- Shenan ->
    --
    The information is provided "as is", it is suggested you research for
    yourself before you take any advice - you are the one ultimately
    responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know what you are
    getting into before you jump in with both feet.
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    It can be done manually, during the initial install/setup. I would expect that an unattended install will work, as well.

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    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
    --------------------------------
    Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
    --------------------------------
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    Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.

    "Shenan Stanley" <news_helper@hushmail.com> wrote in message news:OquXJT$zEHA.2200@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > Doug Knox MS-MVP wrote:
    >> Actually, you can join a domain, but only during a clean
    >> installation, and during the initial setup of the machine. After the
    >> initial setup is complete, this functionality is removed. This is
    >> for compatibility with the Media Center Extender devices.
    >>
    >> Additionally, if you're upgrading a machine that is already joined to
    >> a domain, it will remain joined. However, if you leave the domain,
    >> you can't go back.
    >
    > Cool.. So it is not just during upgrades? Are you saying you can do it by
    > making an unattended version?
    >
    > --
    > <- Shenan ->
    > --
    > The information is provided "as is", it is suggested you research for
    > yourself before you take any advice - you are the one ultimately
    > responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know what you are
    > getting into before you jump in with both feet.
    >
    >
  6. Microsoft’s FAQ’s it claims Windows Media Center is for home use so it does not support Domains. Hmmm! If this is true then why did it bring up the Network Access Wizard during install allowing you to join a domain? So I find out that Microsoft simply has disabled the Domain features in the System Properties dialog but everything is installed just like in Windows XP Pro. Apparently they wanted to market Windows Media Center 2005 for less money then Windows XP Pro and they did not want corporate users getting a discount. So I thought if only I can run the Network Access Wizard after I install the correct Gigabit Drivers I will be in business.



    After hacking around, I found I could if I edited the Registry in the following way:



    In key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\winlogon

    Create a new DWORD value called RunNetAccessWizard and set its value to 3

    Then restart the computer and voila
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