Joining a domain is a crucial step for many businesses and organizations, as it allows easy management of user accounts, permissions, and access to network resources. Traditionally, this feature is only available on Windows Pro editions or higher. However, with this guide, we’ll explore how to join Windows 11 Home to a domain using a third-party solution.
- Windows 11 Home edition installed on your machine
- A pre-configured domain on your network
- Administrative access to your domain and Windows 11 Home device
- Windows 11 Home Domain Connector – a third-party tool that enables domain join feature
Step 1: Download and Install Windows 11 Home Domain Connector
To get started, you’ll need to download and install the Windows 11 Home Domain Connector. This third-party tool enables the domain join feature on Windows 11 Home edition. Visit the official website for the software and download the latest version compatible with your system.
Once downloaded, run the installer, and follow the on-screen instructions to install the software on your Windows 11 Home device.
Step 2: Configure Windows 11 Home Domain Connector
After installing the software, you’ll need to configure it to connect to your domain. Launch the Windows 11 Home Domain Connector and follow these steps:
- Click on the Settings tab
- Enter your domain name in the Domain field
- Enter your domain administrator username and password in the corresponding fields
- Click on Save to store the settings
With the settings saved, the software is now ready to join your Windows 11 Home device to the domain.
Step 3: Joining Windows 11 Home to the Domain
With the Windows 11 Home Domain Connector configured, you’re now ready to join your device to the domain. Follow these steps to complete the process:
- Click on the Join Domain tab in the software
- Click on the Join Domain button
- A confirmation prompt will appear; click Yes to proceed with the domain join
- Wait for the process to complete. Once finished, you’ll see a message stating that the domain join was successful.
- Restart your computer to apply the changes and log in with your domain account
By following this guide, you’ve successfully joined your Windows 11 Home device to a domain using the Windows 11 Home Domain Connector. Now you can enjoy the benefits of a domain environment on your Windows 11 Home device, including centralized management of user accounts and access to network resources.