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Join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain

Join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain

It is really not much work joining a Windows 8.1 client to your domain but as I needed to do that anyway I decided to write a little article on that subject that includes all steps and screenshots so that even somebody who does not do this kind of work on a daily basis can do this.

  1. From a Windows 8.1 client start Internet Explorer and in the address bar type http:///connect. Click on Download software from Microsoft.
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  2. Click Run.
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  3. Click Yes.
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  4. Click Next
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  5. Setup downloads the Connector and updates from the Internet.
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  6. Fill in your credentials and click Next.
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  7. Click Restart
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  8. This time I choose to set up the computer for myself. Click next.
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  9. Fill in a computer description and click Next
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  10. I choose to wake up my computer for backups. Click Next
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain
  11. Click Finish
    How to join a Windows 8.1 client to your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials domain

You are now ready to use your computer joined to the domain. Login with your domain credentials and enjoy!

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