How to join an Active Directory Domain in Windows 10

A group of computers which are connected together form a network. As every computer has a unique log-in option, they are said to be domains in the given network. A Server is also a computer attached to the same network which handles administration and management of the entire network.

To join a network domain, a user must have the following prerequisites:

  1. A User Account on the Domain. This information can be obtained from the Network Administrator
  2. Domain name
  3. Windows 10 Enterprise/Pro

In this article, we’ll follow certain steps on how to join an Active Directory Domain in Windows 10:

Step 1:

Open the “Settings” app. You can open this app just by pressing “Win key+I” keys together.

Alternatively, you can type “Settings” in the Windows Search Bar located next to the Start icon. Click on the first option provided.


Step 2:

Click on “System” settings.


Step 3:

In the left sub menus, click on “About”. In Organization section, click on “Join a Domain”.



Step 4:

Enter a Domain name. Click on “Next”.


Note: If you don’t know the domain name, contact your network administrator.

Step 5:

Enter the domain account i.e. Username and Password for establishing the connection.


Now, wait for the computer to get connected to the domain.


Step 6:

Enter your User Account. Select the “Account type” from the drop down list.

Click on “Next” to continue.



Step 7:

Click on “Restart Now” to restart your computer.


After restarting, you will be connected on the domain name login screen.