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Windows NT 4.0 domain join is not supported with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Updated: October 16, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7

Windows® 7and Windows Server® 2008 R2computers cannot be joined to a Windows°NT® Server°4.0 SP6A domain.

Additional information

There are no workarounds for this behavior. This is by design as Windows°NT Server°4.0 is no longer supported. Attempting to join a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 computer to an Windows°NT Server°4.0 domain will result in one or more of the following errors:

The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.
Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password.

Additional references

For more information on the Windows°NT Server°4.0 Product Support Lifecycle, see Microsoft Windows NT Server in the Microsoft TechNet (http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifewinfaq#Windows NT Server).

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