Join Domain option missing on Windows 10 [TECHNICIAN FIX]

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The Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise edition supports Windows Domain feature. It allows users to add their computer to the corporate environment. Using the Domain, you can access the resources for which you have permission within the network perimeter. Unfortunately, some users have reported that even after meeting all the requirements, the join Domain option is missing in Windows 10.

Here’s what one of them had to say.

I upgraded from windows 10 home to pro.  I wish to add this computer to my work domain but even though I have pro the add to domain choice is missing.

Learn how to retrieve the missing Domain option with the instructions below.

How do I add Windows 10 to a domain?

1. Join Domain From Settings

  1. Click on Start and select Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts.
    Windows 10 Access Work or School join domain option missing windows 10
  3. Click on “Access work or School” from the left pane.
  4. Click on “Connect” button.
  5. Click on “Join this device to a local Active Directory Domain.
  6. Now enter the Domain name and click Next.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to join the Domain.

2. Join Domain from This PC Properties

  1. Open “File Explorer” from the taskbar.
  2. Right-click on This PC and select Properties.
  3. Under “Computer name, domain and workgroup settings“, click on Change.
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  4. In the System Properties window, click on the Computer Name tab.
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  5. Click on Network ID button to join a domain or Workgroup.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to Join the domain.

3.  Join a Domain using Command Prompt

  1. Type cmd in the search bar.
  2. Right-click on Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator“.
  3. In the Command Prompt, enter the following command and hit enter.
    netdom /domain:Techmaniac /user:tashre1 /password:addyourown member <computer name> /joindomain
  4. In the above command replace Domain with your domain name, the user with your username. Add the password and make sure to change the computer name with your PC name.
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  5. This should add your computer to the Domain.

4. Adding Other Users to Domain

  1. Open the Command Prompt as Admin.
  2. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and hit enter.
    netdom /domain:techmaniac /user:tashref1 /password:addyourown member <computer name> /add
  3. To run the above command you need to be the Administrator of the domain. And it is necessary that you run this command to add the new user to the domain before the user can join that domain.
  4. Now on the user front, enter the following command and hit enter.
  5. netdom /domain:Techmaniac /user:tashre1 /password:addyourown member <computer name> /joindomain
  6. Here also make necessary changes to the above command to join the domain.

In the above command, Netdom is a command line tool that is built-into Windows Server 2008 and above. It can be used to not only join domain but create an account and trust relationships. So if you deal with the Domains frequently, this can be really handy utility to learn.

Joining a domain is a fairly simple process for anyone who has worked with the servers. To join a domain you need a User Account on the Domain, name of the Domain, a computer running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise version OS and a Domain Controller running Windows Server 2003.


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