Windows 7 Training – How to Connect Your Computer to a Domain

Domain is a collection of computers over a network that share general rules & procedures and are administrated “together as a single unit.” Each and every Domain is classified by its unique name. The domains are typically used for networks in the workplace.

If you wish to connect your computer to a particular domain, you need a valid account as well as the exact name of the domain.

Here, we’ve demonstrated how to connect your computer to a domain in Windows 7. Read on.

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Note: Before we join a client computer, it is important to verify the following two network configurations:

  • The IP address or subnet mask of the client computer must be in the same class as that of the domain controller.
  • Make sure to provide IP address of the Domain Controller in “Preferred DNS Server.” (Check the screenshot below)

Provide IP address of Domain Controller in Preferred DNS Server:

Once you’re done cross checking the above two configurations, you may continue with the following step by step guide on connecting a computer to a domain in Windows 7:

Step 1: To get started, go to the Start Menu and right click on the “Computer” option.

Step 2: Next, select “Properties” from the drop down menu that appears on the screen upon right clicking. (Check the screenshot below)

Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties


Step 3: The computer name, domain name and workgroup settings option will appear under the “Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings” tab.

Step 4: We can even change the Domain Name by clicking on the “Change Settings” tab. (Check the screenshot below)


Domain Joining

Step 5: Click on the “Computer Name” tab in the “System Properties” window. Add your desired computer description in the provided space and click on the “Change” button.

Step 6: Click on the “OK” button to save the changes. (Check the screenshot below)

Click on “Change”.

Step 7: Click on “Domain” on the “Computer Name/Domain Changes” dialogue box and enter the name of the domain in the text box as indicated in the screenshot below.

Step 8: Click on the “OK” button to save all changes you’ve just made. (Check the screenshot below)

Computer Name/Domain Properties.

Step 9: Feed in your valid user name and password credentials to validate that you have appropriate permissions to join the desired domain.

Step 10: Click “OK” to validate. (Check the screenshot below)

Domain Joining 6

Step 11: You will now receive “Welcome to the <your-domain-name> domain” message. Congratulations, you’re about to finish connecting a computer to a domain in Windows 7. Simply click on the “OK” tab. (Check the screenshot below)

 Domain Joining 7

Step 12: A dialogue box displaying the following message “You must restart your computer to apply these changes” will appear on your screen after you hit the “OK” button.

Step 13: Click on the “OK” button to save all changes. (Check the screenshot below)

Domain Joining 8

Note: Make sure you save and close everything you had previously opened as your system will restart immediately after you hit the “OK” button.

Step 14: If you wish to restart your computer later, you can do so by clicking on the “Restart Later” tab. (Check the screenshot below)

Your computer system will now act as Domain client machine.

Were you able to follow the steps?

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