To the poster in the newsgroup who said “I wish they wouldn’t keep it a secret” that XP Home [s] cannot join a domain.
Let’s blog this up a bit so it’s more googlable shall we?
XP HOME platform are for “Homes, houses, condos, apartments, shacks, shantys, leantos, outhouses, etc., etc., etc.“ but they are not for BUSINESSES. Get it?
The information on whether or not XP HOME can join a domain is on the XP Professional page.
“Windows XP Professional is required to access a domain-based network. If you’re not sure whether the network you will access is domain-based, talk to the person in charge of the network to make sure you choose the proper version of Windows XP.“
I love those kind of postings don’t you? I AM in charge of the network and what if I don’t know the right answer?
Like those messages that say “please contact your network administrator for more information“. I AM the network admin and can’t get this thing running the way it’s suppose to.
XP professional is what you need to have computer JOIN A DOMAIN.
I would argue that XP Professional is just plain better in general, with or without a domain, but that’s just my opinion.
Let’s blog it one more time for dear old Uncle Google
XP Home machines cannot join a domain.
XP Professional machines can.
XP MCE 2004 can join a domain.
XP MCE 2005 sort of can’t but I hear if you install them from stratch the bits are there and you can join them, but officially they aren’t supposed to be domained.
P.S. Changed the blog so that XP HOME would be better googlable Thanks Sophos