This error may happen on a home PC or on a computer connected to a large Active Directory environment. When starting a computer or joining a computer to a network domain, Windows will return this error when another computer of the same name is already a member of the domain.
Networking errors can be a bit tricky to resolve, especially on larger corporate networks. There may be more layers to sort through on a large AD network than there are on a simple home network.
Here are the basic steps to take to resolve Windows error code 52:
Restarting or starting the Server service on a Microsoft Windows Server should resolve this issue.
If you still experience this problem after taking the steps laid out above, you may want to check the Windows names given to the computers on your network. This is only feasible on a small, home network, so if your network is larger, you may have to use server utilities to do this. Check the names of your computers. Many people will pick a common name like, “My PC” and accidentally name more than one computer the same thing. If there are computers with the same name trying to join the same work-group or domain, you will continue to get these error messages. Change the name of the newer computer that you are trying to connect to the home network.
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