Assuming you have a Windows
- omputer that is not yet part of a domain and you would like to join it to an existing domain, here are the steps:
- Click Start > Settings.
- Navigate to System > About.
- Under “Related settings,” click the link for Change PC name.
- In the System Properties dialog box that appears, click the Change button next to “Computer Name.”
- In the Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box, enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of your desired domain in the “Domain” text field (for example, MyCompany.com).
- If you need to provide credentials for a different user account with privileges to join computers to domains (this is typically done by network administrators), select the option for “The following user” and enter those credentials in the appropriate fields before clicking OK twice to close all open dialog boxes/windows.
How can I join my PC to a domain?
- Open the Control Panel and click on System and Security.
- On the left-hand side, under System and Security, click on Domain Controllers.
- In the list of domain controllers, double-click on your domain controller (or right-click if you are using a mouse).
- On the Welcome to the Windows omain Controller page, click on Add a Domain Controller button.
- Type in your domain name (for example: contoso.com) and then click Next button.
Why would I want to add my computer to a domain?
Adding a computer to a domain allows you to share resources, such as printers and files, with other computers in your organization. You can also use Group Policy to manage settings on the computers in your domain.
What are the benefits of joining a computer to a domain?
Joining a computer to a domain allows you to share resources and settings with other computers in the domain. This can help keep your computer running more smoothly and make it easier to access shared files and folders. Additionally, joining a computer to a domain can improve security by allowing administrators to centrally manage policies and settings for all the computers in the domain.
How do I find out if my computer is already on a domain?
To add a computer to a domain, open the Control Panel and click on System and Security. In the System and Security window, under Active Directory Domain Services, click on Forest:
In the Forest window, under Domains, right-click your domain name and select Properties:
On the General tab of the Properties dialog box, under Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options, clear Allow local users to log on locally and Enable LUA scripting in Windows Explorer. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.
Open Windows Explorer by clicking Start > All Programs > Accessories > File Explorer. Right-click My Computer (or whatever name is assigned to your computer) and select New Domain from the context menu:
Type in your domain name (for example contoso.com), press Enter, and then click Next:
On the next screen you will be asked if you want this computer added to all domains in your forest or just this one domain. Select This one domain only from the list of options and click Next: On the last screen of this wizard you will be asked for a user account that has permissions to join computers into domains. Type in an account with administrator privileges (for example Administrator) and press Enter: You are now ready to add your new computer to your domain! To do so, open Windows Explorer again by clicking Start > All Programs > Accessories > File Explorer.
Will adding my computer to a domain give me more control over it?
Adding a computer to a domain gives you more control over it because it allows you to manage the computer through Group Policy. You can also use Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) to manage user accounts, security settings, and network resources on the computer.
Once I add my machine to a domain, can I remove it later if needed?
Yes, you can remove your computer from the domain at any time.
How do I leave or unjoin adomain from my Windows 10 PC?
- Open the Start menu and click on “Control Panel”.
- Under “Network and Internet”, click on “Network and Sharing Center”.
- Click on the icon of your network adapter (or Wi-Fi network) in the left column, then click on “Change adapter settings” in the right column.
- In the list of adapters, select your computer’s primary adapter (the one with a yellow exclamation mark).
- Right-click on it and select “Properties”.
- On the General tab, under “Link status”, make sure that both options are set to “Up”.
What happens ifI try adding my PC toa Domain and it’s already been registered with another one?
If you try to add your PC to a domain and it’s already been registered with another one, Windows 10 will ask you if you want to replace the existing registration. If you say yes, Windows 10 will remove the old registration and add your PC to the domain.