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    Home basic domain capability?

    Probably a shot in the dark...

    A member of staff has purchased 7 new machines, all with Vista home basic on, as per usual I wasn't consulted, low and behold the machines arrive and I'm told to whack them on the domain.

    Problem is, Home Basic doesn't have domain support....or does it?

    Is there something I can patch the machines with or a method to "unlock" domain support etc?

    Any help appreciated. thanks!

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    No. It can't be done, the only nearest compromise is that you can connect to a fileshare on a server belonging to one domain at a time.

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    Doesn't the Vista License allow you to downgrade to XP. Could you not put the schools copy of XP Pro on them. Worst case scenario, you have to buy 7 new Windows Licenses. You could charge these to her departmental budget - she'll ask you advice next time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Doesn't the Vista License allow you to downgrade to XP. Could you not put the schools copy of XP Pro on them. Worst case scenario, you have to buy 7 new Windows Licenses. You could charge these to her departmental budget - she'll ask you advice next time!
    No, only Business and Enterprise editions have downgrade rights, and if the school doesn't have a volume license then that's ruled out too.

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    Why do they need a VLK to regrade to XP?

    We've regraded countless systems with the supplied media and not once used our key/license.

    I'm genuinely interested for the future.

    Cheers.

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    and if the school doesn't have a volume license then that's ruled out too.
    I have downgraded OEM before

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    My bad, I should have been clearer. If the school doesn't have a VLK or any OEM licenses available to use, then a straight re-install of XP is a lot less feasible.

    'Course, it depends how fussed you are about having genuine boxes.

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    licence to click will see you an xp licence (vista) for £30 and a VL CD for £20 as long as your local authority has an agreement with MS.

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    Home basic is "better" than home premium, as you can upgrade it to Business, whereas none of the others will. That's assuming you don't want to wipe/install Vista or XP.

    We have a VLK for Vista, so we found we could download the Vista DVD from Microsoft, as opposed to using the 5CD we got from Ramesys.

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