How to Join a Domain on Windows 8.1, 10

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Windows 8.1 comes with most of the same settings that were there in Windows 8 and in Windows 7, but they have received a visual makeover and are now better organized. Here is our quick guide on how you can join a domain on Windows 8.1.
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For those who are new to the concept, a domain is a group of network computers that share a common database and security policy and it has a unique name. There can be quite a lot of computers in a single domain, managed by an IT admin and with Windows 8.1, it’s now much easier to join a domain than it was before. This quick step-by-step guide follows the same instructions as with the tutorial on how to rename your PC in Windows 8.1, so read that, as well.

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If you were wondering about this, then let me make it clear – you can also join with your Windows 8 tablet, but the process could be different with a Windows RT device, but we’ll cover that in a future story.

Easy steps to join a domain in Windows 8.1

1. Open the Charms Bar – go to the top right corner or press Windows logo + W

2. Choose the search button and type there ‘PC Settings‘ in the box

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3. From the ‘PC Settings’ main menu, select the ‘PC and Devices‘ sub-section.

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4. From the ‘PC and Devices’ menu, click or tap on the PC info section.

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5. Here, you can easily join a domain name, provided you know its exact name or IP address.

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So, that was about it. In a future article, we will be discussing the reasons of why exactly you can’t join a domain, because our readers have apparently requested a fix for this.

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