Windows Vista Thread, Home basic domain capability? in Technical; Probably a shot in the dark...
A member of staff has purchased 7 new machines, all with Vista home basic ...
24th September 2008, 01:51 PM #1
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!
24th September 2008, 01:53 PM #2
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.
24th September 2008, 02:00 PM #3
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!
24th September 2008, 02:02 PM #4
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.
Originally Posted by tmcd35
24th September 2008, 02:22 PM #5
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.
24th September 2008, 02:23 PM #6
I have downgraded OEM before
and if the school doesn't have a volume license then that's ruled out too.
24th September 2008, 02:43 PM #7
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.
24th September 2008, 02:47 PM #8
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.
24th September 2008, 07:21 PM #9
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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