I have an old WinXP Pro SP3 computer I need to join to the domain, simple right? not really. When I go to control panel -> system -> computer name and click on CHANGE ("rename this computer") everything is greyed out. I can not set it from workgroup to a domain.

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I am logged on locally as an admin. (Builtin account and one I created) I have checked local policy (gpedit.msc) on the comp, but it feels like a needle in the haystack. I could probably reload an image faster than trying to fix this...but I am curious so I post here to see if anyone knows of it/fix.

I tried reseting the policy to defaults, but no luck:

secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\repair\secsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose

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EDIT2: Computer Browser & Workstation Services are not running

  • The Workstation service terminated with service-specific error 2250 (0x8CA).

  • The Computer Browser service depends on the Workstation service which failed to start because of the following error:

  • The service has returned a service-specific error code.

  • Could not load RDR device driver.

EDIT3: "mrxsmb.sys" in system32/drivers is a trojan, which is needed for WorkStation

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    Are you positive that this is a pro machine and not home edition? – MDMarra Dec 7 '12 at 22:13
  • When you go to control panel -> system -> general it does state WinXP Pro Sp3. I checked this like 3-4 times to make sure :) Because that was my first thought. – Logman Dec 7 '12 at 22:53
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    Do you have the "Computer Browser" service present and started? – user72593 Dec 7 '12 at 22:57
  • actually no it is not, WORKSTATION is not either – Logman Dec 11 '12 at 18:47
  • Please post your solution as an answer and mark it accepted when you are able. – jscott Dec 12 '12 at 0:31

Client for Microsoft Networks needs to be installed and enabled on the network adapter that is on the Windows network.

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Then determine if your workstation service is started. The workstation service is required to join a domain:

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  • It did have Client for Microsoft Networks. I posted a screen grab from the network connections dialog above. – Logman Dec 7 '12 at 21:43
  • Workstation service is not running. – Logman Dec 11 '12 at 18:47
  • @Logman Workstation service needs to be running. – Wesley Dec 11 '12 at 19:11
  • Yes, I tried turning the service on but it failed. Checked the event logs briefy, but I did not get much chance to dig deep into it yet. I have to do this remotely, and it is in a busy office (front desk). – Logman Dec 11 '12 at 23:13
  • I was going to uninstall the network properties..."Client for MS Networks" and "File and Print Sharing" to start...but do it remotely with a person on hand that has no comp knowledge..eek – Logman Dec 11 '12 at 23:17

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