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    I can’t join a media centre laptop to the domain.

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    by sulls ·

    Can anyone please help me. My client has purchased a windows media centre laptop and wants to join the domain. does anyone know of a way of enabling the domain in the bios? i have been told that if I install xp pro, join the domain and then install media centre, it will stay in the domain but this seems overkill.

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    • #3201983

      the MS answer is…

      by shiny_topadm ·

      In reply to I can’t join a media centre laptop to the domain.

      that you cannot, at least as far as MS’ faq says:

      Can I connect a new PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to a work network or domain?

      While you can access network resources on a work network or a domain, you cannot join a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 PC to the domain. PCs running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 are designed specifically for home use. Windows XP Professional features, specifically Domain Join and Cached Credentials (Credentials Manager for logons) are not included. As a result, you will be prompted for your logon user name and password to access network resources after you reboot or log back on to the PC. In addition, file shares or network resources that are set to require a domain-joined PC for access will not be available. Remote Desktop and Encrypting File System support are still included.

      “overkill” may be right, but that’s how they have positioned these products.
      —Will

      • #3199238

        Thanks Microsoft

        by sulls ·

        In reply to the MS answer is…

        Ok thanks guys for all of your help. It would be useful if Microsoft thought about users rather than the dollar all the time.
        We use a remote vpn client to access the network whic works perfectly in XP Pro allowing the user to access all email, shared files without any extra logging. You know how impatient upper members of staff can be, I will advise to give the laptop to another member of staff and get himself a new XP pro laptop.

        • #2530545

          But you are right about installing/upgrading

          by w2ktechman ·

          In reply to Thanks Microsoft

          it does seem like an overkill, but if you upgrade from XP Pro to media center, and the XP Pro was joined to a domain, then the media center upgrade will be as well.
          This is annoying feature, but if you think about it, media center PC’s are for multimedia, not (usual) business, so there should be little need for joining a domain.

    • #3201982

      I have one here as well.

      by old guy ·

      In reply to I can’t join a media centre laptop to the domain.

      I have not been able to join the media center to the domain. However, you can map drives to the resources you need. We have two programs on our network and I was able to map the drives to those two servers, with a log in. I have not been able to setup Outlook for our Exchange but we Web Mail here and he just uses that for his email.

      It’s the only work around I’ve been able to find.

      • #3201980

        Addendum,

        by old guy ·

        In reply to I have one here as well.

        also you can not install Windows XP Pro without doing a new install on it because you will get the message that the XP Pro is an older version. The only wat to do that is to reformat and then install XP Pro. If he can go with the work around that might be better.

        Edited to add: You can set up a VPN connection through Network Connections and it should act like one would from home.

    • #3199517

      Thats about it

      by w2ktechman ·

      In reply to I can’t join a media centre laptop to the domain.

      If you have an earlier version of media center, you can join the domain and then upgrade. But media center 05 will not allow to join the domain by itself.
      Thank You MS

    • #2487462

      There is a hack that is supposed to work.

      by 1bn0 ·

      In reply to I can’t join a media centre laptop to the domain.

      Haven’t tried it. But it is the only soluition I have seen offered by anyone.
      http://www.tss2000.nl/vbforum/showthread.php?t=50

      • #2493399

        Just done the “hack”, Worked perfectly

        by andrew ·

        In reply to There is a hack that is supposed to work.

        Bought two Dell Pc’s with a free “Upgrade” to Media Centre. Lots of extra functionality but couldn’t join them to our work Domain. Big problem. A grand’s worth of PC which was totally useless without spending another 4-500 quid on two full versions of XP Pro. Used the mentioned patch as a last resort but it worked a treat. Problem solved.

      • #2581846

        http://www.tss2000.nl/vbforum/showthread.php?t=50

        by 1bn0 ·

        In reply to There is a hack that is supposed to work.

        From

        http://www.tss2000.nl/vbforum/showthread.php?t=50

        Windows Media Center 2005 Can’t Join Domains
        DLL patching hero Rafael has found a great way to enable your MCE 2005 install to join Windows domains. Rafael, known for patching the now famous uxtheme.dll to enable custom Windows XP msstyle themes has found a reg edit in Windows XP Media Center 2005 to unlock the previously “greyed out” join domain option. This method is pretty complex but confirmed to work.

        This will allow you to leave and join domains within Windows Media Center Edition 2005.

        01 – Insert Windows XP CD.
        02 – Start > Run > X:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons
        03 – (replace X: with the appropiate drive letter)
        04 – Acknowledge prompt by clicking ‘Yes’.
        05 – Skip updating process by clicking ‘Cancel’ or by pressing ‘Esc’
        06 – After installation, acknowledge success msg. by clicking ‘Ok’
        07 – Start > Shutdown > Restart
        08 – At boot menu, select ‘Microsoft Windows Recovery Console’
        09 – Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press ‘Enter’
        10 – (If prompted, enter Administrator password and press ‘Enter’)
        11 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘cd system32\config’
        12 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘copy SYSTEM C:\’
        13 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: exit
        14 – At boot menu, select ‘Windows XP Media Center Edition’
        15 – Start > Run > Type: ‘regedit’ and press enter
        16 – Click on ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’.
        17 – File > Load Hive…
        18 – Browse and select C:\SYSTEM
        19 – Specify key name ‘BANANA’ and click OK
        20 – Expand: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > BANANA > WPA > MedCtrUpg
        21 – On the right-hand side, double-click IsLegacyMCE value
        22 – Change selected value to 1 and click Ok. (THAT IS NOT AN L!)
        23 – Click on BANANA subkey (under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE).
        24 – File > Unload Hive. Confirm.
        25 – Start > Shutdown > Restart
        26 – At boot menu, select ‘Microsoft Windows Recovery Console’
        27 – Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press ‘Enter’
        28 – (If prompted, enter Administrator password and press ‘Enter’)
        29 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘cd \’
        30 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘copy SYSTEM C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM’
        31 – (Yes, you want to overwrite – Go ahead and do it)
        32 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘del SYSTEM’
        33 – Type (without quotes) and press enter: ‘exit’
        34 – At boot menu, select ‘Windows XP Media Center Edition’
        35 – Join domain.

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