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Can my PC join more than one domain without reconfiguring each time?

My Windows XP Professional laptop is moved between different branches of my office with their separate domains. My question is: How can I configure the machine to join each domain without reconfiguring each time I change location? That is, when the Windows logon dialog box appears, is there a way I can just pick the right domain and enter the corresponding username and password?

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Your computer can join only one domain at a time. The drop-down list you see when you log on to your computer is for your user account. Depending on what you're trying to accomplish, you might not actually need to reconfigure your computer at each branch office. Also, have you considered migrating to Active Directory, which can alleviate this problem for you if implemented correctly?

This was first published in December 2003

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