How to Join Domain in Windows 10 – Tutorial

If you guys are adding a new PC to your corporate environment, then you will most likely want to join it to a domain actually. The procedure is really simple because most of the work is done by the server. The process is also really much the same for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 as well. We are going to discuss How to Join Domain in Windows 10 – Tutorial

Well, for Windows 10, there is actually an extra way in order to join a domain and I’ll mention that down at the bottom too. I’ll also mention some of the troubleshooting tips if the option to join a domain is missing, or if you can’t join the domain, etc. Users are able to access resources for which they have appropriate permission as well. However, I do not want to go into the complexities of Domain networks, you can find out more through contacting your Network Administrator. If you have difficulties connecting to your workplace domain actually.

In order to join a Domain, you must first make sure you have the following information and resources:

  • a User Account on the Domain, this information that you can get from your Network Administrator.
  • Also, the Name of Domain.
  • A computer that is running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise or Education editions
  • Domain Controller must be running Windows Server 2003 (functional level or later) actually.
  • I also discovered during testing that Windows 10 does not really support Windows 2000 Server Domain Controllers.

What is the domain?

A domain is basically a kind of network that permits you to log in to your user from any computer on the network. The network has to contain at least one PC running Windows Server and the rest of them running Pro or Enterprise Windows versions actually. This can be really useful in most of the cases:

  • A small office along with no fixed computer for each and every employee.
  • Even if they have fixed computers, you can then watch their work and give different permissions to each of them from your server as well.
  • A big company with a number of computers less than the number of employees actually.
  • Universities and schools too.

So, you guys can simply sit on any PC, log in with your username and password, submit your work, and then logout again. And now, all you have to join the domain is:

  • The domain name
  • A username
  • A password
  • The server’s IP (That is to make the connection more reliable actually)

Your domain administrator is basically the one responsible for creating a user on the server computer and also provide you all of the previous information.

How to Join Domain in Windows 10 – Tutorial

  • Well, on the Windows 10 PC, just go to settings > System > About then click on Join a domain.
  • Now enter the Domain name and tap on Next. You should have the correct domain info, however, if not, contact your Network Administrator as well.

How to Join Domain in Windows 10

  • Then enter the account information that is used in order to authenticate on the Domain then tap on OK.
  • Now, wait while your computer is authenticated on the Domain.
  • Press Next when you see this screen.
  • And then you will need to restart in order to complete the process.

How to Join Domain in Windows 10

  • When the sign-in screen appears, you will then notice the DOMAIN\User account is displayed. Enter your password and you will now log in to your Domain as well.

You will notice that when you are connected to the Domain, your About setting no longer list options that were presented before actually. This is because your computer is centrally managed via the server as well.

Leave the Domain or log into your local account

If a need arises where you want to leave the domain or log into your local account, then you can easily do that. Log into your local account when your computer is joined to a Domain actually. Sign out of your machine at the sign-in screen, then choose the “Other” user.

Now enter the machine name followed by a backslash and then your local user account.

Leave a Domain

In order to leave the Domain, sign in to your Local Account. Then tap on Start > Settings > System > About and then choose Disconnect from the organization.

Also note, whenever you join a domain, you might need to change your password on the first login.

Troubleshoot Joining a Domain

It would be really great if everything worked out the first time you tried, however, that does not happen often. Even though joining a domain is normally a simple process, there is a myriad of issues that you guys can run into. I won’t be able to cover all of them here, however, I’ll mention a few of the most famous problems and solutions.

  • Use the fully qualified domain name – If you are typing in the domain name and are getting back error messages. Then you should try to use the FQDN rather than the NetBIOS name.
  • Check DNS settings – If the PC is not properly resolving DNS queries or if it can’t contact the DNS server, it won’t be able to connect to the domain as well. Try to do an NSLOOKUP from the PC and server and also check if the entries are listing as well. Also, you should check the client to make sure it’s using the proper DNS server and not external DNS servers actually.
  • Check network settings – If all other settings are correct, then your issue is most likely relates to a port that is block on the PC. Make sure port 445 is open and also make sure the network type on the computer is Private as well.
  • Turn off IPv6 temporarily – Most of the time Windows will use IPv6 when you try to join a domain and if you do not have IPv6 setup, it won’t actually work. You can try to disable IPv6 on your NIC and see if that works for you or not. You can always re-enable it after the computer is joining to the domain as well.


Alright, folks, I hope you like this article and understand now. If you have any issues and queries related to it, just comment down and let us know.

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Also See: Change Network from Public to Private in Windows

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