In what seems like a radical but somewhat logical move, it is increasingly looking like Microsoft is talking away the ability to join a Windows domain from the core or baseline versions of Windows 8.

This is a pretty big change for Windows.

In addition, the word on the street is that the Remote Desktop functionality will also be removed from the baseline version.

Some screenshots from the

Notice the grayed out Network ID button in the Windows 8 Pro version.

Windows 8 Pro Version

Windows 8 Core Version

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  1. Ah, that won’t be too difficult to change in the registry!

  2. but why change the core version so that you have to tweak the registry to use windows 8 on a domain or workgroup is thatnot a backward step after all most of more than 1 computer running on a domain or or workgroup. and in straightforward money terms they could lose out to quite a few of the other systems including the free to use ones.

  3. This is *no different* from in the past. You could not join Windows XP Home, Windows Vista versions lower than Business, or Windows 7 versions lower than Professional to a domain either.

    In simplifying the lineup of versions available with windows 8, microsoft has effectively moved back to the way it was with xp – the “core” version as you put it is the equivalent of XP Home; the version most people will use. Pro is just like XP Pro, with extra business oriented features like domain join. 

    As I said, this is *no different* from in the past, and it’s really annoying that people are claiming that this is some big deal. Microsoft isn’t suddenly going to change how things have worked for the past 10 years, and I don’t think anyone actually truly expected them to.

  4. Why is this news?

    You always needed enterprise or professional editions to have the ability to join domains and have access to RDP.

    And isn’t the core editions the versions with no GUI, ie server 2008 R2 Core…..

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