Joining an XP machine to a Windows domain was a relatively easy task. To improve the user experience and the chance of Vista becoming a successful operation system, Microsoft decided to move all the settings around. Here complete with pictures, is what you will see in vista.
We start with the windows button and select Control Panel
The generic heading we need is "Sytem and Maintenance" so click on the text.
This takes us to "System maintenance" and here we need to click on "System"
Now we are getting close to known territory: click on "Change settings"
Microsoft now clearly runs out of inspiration on how to change things and make them difficult to find: Here we now have a window any XP user might recognise. Click on Network ID.
Microsoft get a second wind: we need to click on the option "My company uses a network with a domain" and next.
This is the information you will need to complete the process:
Fill this in and we are almost home and dry.
If everthing goes well at this point (you have entered a valid username, password and domain name. You will be greeted with the information that your log on was a sucess and go and make a cup of coffe whilst you reboot the machine....