Steps to Install Active Directory on Windows XP or Later Versions

October 12, 2018

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Are you a Windows XP user? Do you want to install Active Directory on your computer? Are you skeptical about installing the AD domain on your system all by yourself? AD needs to be installed manually on Windows XP, but it is not as difficult as it seems to be. The steps involved in installing the AD domain on Windows XP or later are so simple that even a child can carry out the whole procedure. It will take hardly a few minutes and you need not seek any help from a tech savvy person!

The control panel function for the Active Directory Users and Groups allows the system administrators to modify, delete, and add accounts on their respective network directories and hence, it is an inevitable tool for them. But note that this AD utility is installed on the Windows Server OS by default. Therefore, if you want to install Active Directory tool on Windows XP or the later versions, you must do it manually via the MMC (Microsoft Management Console).

So, if you are a user of Windows XP or later, here are the steps that you must follow to get the AD utility installed on your system –

Step 1: Once you have logged into your system as an administrator, go to the Start Menu and select ‘Run’.

Step.2: Key in ‘mmc’ in the Run dialog box that appears and hit ‘Enter’. This will launch the MMC utility on your system.

Step.3: In the top menu bar, select ‘File’ > ‘Add/Remove Snap-in’

Step 4: You will now be presented with a pop-up screen. Select ‘Add’ at the bottom of this window and go to the next step.

Step 5: Here, you will be presented with a list of all available tools. Mark the tool called ‘AD users and Computers’ and click ‘Add’.

Step 6: In the next window, select Close > OK

Step 7: To apply the new settings and install active directory, you must now reboot your system. Once the computer restarts, you can find the AD tool in the Control Panel, within the ‘Administrative Tools’ folder.

If you follow these steps carefully, you can get the AD domain installed very easily on Windows XP OS. Note that there are different steps that you must follow to create and configure active directory domains on different systems. So, make sure you are following the right steps for the right system. Moreover, there are a number of things that you must be prepared with before you go ahead with the AD installation on your system.

Thus, if you are well prepared before you install Active Directory and exercise due caution while following the given procedure, AD installation will be a cakewalk for you!


  • Pakorn Riewraksa October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Any advice on a machine that won't start up after the update?

  • Dale D October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Recuva is a play on the word recover.

  • Rick Bass October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    All my files were there on sept 25. On sept 26 update KB4458469 was installed on windows 1803×64. Somewhere between sept 26 and before installing windows 1809×64 on oct 3 all my files in my documents folder were gone ! I'm using Acronis true image for recovering my files. Strange … never happened before. Windows 1809×64 was installed with windows update (not the media creation tool) and no problem, working great ! Strange … By the way all my important data are stored in a special folder at the root of the C drive and stay untouched after the upgrade. My documents, pictures and videos folders were at the normal place. I suspect a glitch between onedrive folders and windows folders …

  • Louis Rontell October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    I had no problems but my sons computers edge got screwed up. How to fix that?

  • Southern Illinoisan October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Forcing updates and telemtry, meanwhile using me like some beta tester…. total b.s. I will cling with my Windows 8.1, and then go to MacOS!

  • Ricardo Mota October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    i honestly don´t understad what happend really!? how did Microsoft didn´t see this comming or even if they knew before October Update they should be more prepared for this… and yet once again another Update for Windows 10 that went wrong its like you said Gill in your other videos quote "hopelessly Microsoft don´t mess up again like the last Update" and you where right i mean even i can see this is becoming like the number 1 talk of the Windows flaw… that´s why every time that comes out a new version of Windows i Backup all of my files to an external Hard Drive and do a Clean Install with formating my PC even my PC is 9 years old and still runs like an 2018 high end PC almost… etherway keep it up with the good work Gill by informing people about the situation and how to solve it with some tips. love your every cotente. stay well.

  • webfischi October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Somewhere I read, that only people with windows folders outside of the user folders lost files.

  • Derek Castleton October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    My update installed ok but my video files are still not displaying probably since the last up in May my video files were show probably on the last October 2017 update. Do you know why this is and my action centre will show the notifications then the despair show nothing in there.

  • Bill Mageors October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Thanks for posting

  • Douglas Elliot October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Microsoft has said they will recover your lost files.

  • Tayeb Guerzou October 12, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Thank You !

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