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Old 12-02-2005, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well today I finally received my computer from Dell for work. It a XPS 200 Dual Core 2.8 ghz PD, 180gb SATA, 20" Wide screen Dell LCD Monitor. Now, it came with MCE 2005. Come to find out, I cant join a domain. But I can still access the server, etc. But I need it to the domain. I looked it up and they say MCE 2005 can't not join a domain with an active directory. Has anybody got a hack to do this, like maybe taking a file from XP Pro, etc? I can still access my email on the exchange server but it needs to be on the domain.
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the one thing that MCE 2005 don't have. the ability to join a domain. it's easy to fix though

Insert Windows XP CD.
Start > Run > X:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons
(replace X: with the appropiate drive letter)
Acknowledge prompt by clicking 'Yes'.
Skip updating process by clicking 'Cancel' or by pressing 'Esc'
After installation, acknowledge success msg. by clicking 'Ok'
Start > Shutdown > Restart
At boot menu, select 'Microsoft Windows Recovery Console'
Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press 'Enter'
(If prompted, enter Administrator password and press 'Enter')
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'cd system32\config'
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'copy SYSTEM C:'
Type (without quotes) and press enter: exit
At boot menu, select 'Windows XP Media Center Edition'

Start > Run > Type: 'regedit' and press enter
Click on 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE'.
File > Load Hive...
Browse and select C:\SYSTEM
Specify key name 'BANANA' and click OK
Expand: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > BANANA > WPA > MedCtrUpg
On the right-hand side, double-click IsLegacyMCE value
Change selected value to 1 and click Ok. (THAT IS NOT AN L!)
Click on BANANA subkey (under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE).
File > Unload Hive. Confirm.
Start > Shutdown > Restart
At boot menu, select 'Microsoft Windows Recovery Console'

Select proper installation to log onto (default: 1) and press 'Enter'
(If prompted, enter Administrator password and press 'Enter')
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'cd '
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'copy SYSTEM C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM'
(Yes, you want to overwrite - Go ahead and do it)
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'del SYSTEM'
Type (without quotes) and press enter: 'exit'
At boot menu, select 'Windows XP Media Center Edition'
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Sounds good......thanks...have you tried this yourself?
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Yep. I have a post about it around here somewhere.

http://www.techist.com/showthread.php?threadid=58324
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ahhh darn you beat me to it
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I think, myself, this is a good safety precaution since you need a password and username and domain name to even get into the server. If someone was to hack the our computer, with the domain attached, they can take whatever but it would be harder my new way I found out
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Warez, you don't have an extra liscense for PRO laying around somewhere ?
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Sure...All kinds....
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Why don't you just wipe out the MCE and put pro on it ?
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Well I would but I never used MCE 05 before so I want to look around in it and see what its all about. Plus, I wanna try that Eric said, i like doing that kind of stuff....
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