How to join a XP Home machine to a 2003 domain

   Posted by: Dante   in General

Yes, the topic is true. You can join any XP Home machine to a domain in a few steps:

  1. Open regedit, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ProductOptions
  2. Delete  the ProductSuite string
  3. Create a new DWORD entry, call it Brand
  4. Set it’s value to 0 (zero).
  5. Reboot.

What this procedure does is simulate an XP Pro environment. In some cases, it might block you from getting updates from Microsoft, but has been tested on XP SP3 and it works flawlessly.

Thanks Enrique for the tip.


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Excellent! Glad to help.

I’ll let you know if I have any problems with the XP-“Pro” SP3 install, but I just finished running through 32 updates, including IE7, Malware Tool, and a crap load of other security updates – without hiccup.

February 3rd, 2009 at 11:05 am

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