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xpHome or xpProfessional?

What's the difference? Is it worth $70 for pro?

     
5:57 am on Jul 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm getting a new laptop - do I need xpProfessional? What's the difference from Home? Is it worth $70?
6:26 am on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You pay for Microsoft products?
7:32 am on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>You pay for Microsoft products?

LOL Made my day :)

7:47 am on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The Home and Professional editions of Windows XP are nearly identical; the only differences are additional features found in the Professional edition that most likely won't appeal to home users.

The primary differences, aside from the price and the color of the packaging, are as follows:

*** Windows XP Home Edition ***
Contains basic support for security among multiple users.

Built-in support for peer-to-peer networking

The backup utlity is not installed by default, but is included on the CD.
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*** Windows XP Professional Edition ***
Includes extended support for security between multiple users on the same machine.

Better support for peer-to-peer networking, plus support for joining a "Windows NT domain."

The backup utlity is installed by default.

The Professional edition includes the following components not found in the Home edition:
Administrative Tools (in the Start Menu and Control Panel)
Automated System Recovery (ASR)
Boot Configuration Manager
DriverQuery
Group Policy Refresh Utility
Multi-lingual User Interface (MUI) add-on
Offline Files and Folders
OpenFiles
Performance Log Manager
Remote Desktop
Scheduled Tasks Console
Security Template Utility
Taskkill
Tasklist
Telnet Administrator
Provides support for multi-processor systems, Dynamic Disks, Fax
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If you are going to try to log onto a Domain, you need Windows XP Professional.

If you aren't you can get away with Home.

Personally, I would spend the extra $70.00 just in case.

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9:39 am on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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IMO you go for Windows XP professional..........
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Contains basic support for security

Don't all versions of Windows have only basic support for security?

10:14 pm on July 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"Don't all versions of Windows have only basic support for security?"

NO!

ever walked up to a windows95,98, or ME machine sitting at a logon prompt and clicked "cancel" instead of entering the username and password? (try it if you have not...)

You dump to the default desktop and have total access to the machine.

No security in any windows version except NT based OS's...(NT workstation/server, 2000, XP).

There "is" a registry setting that does not allow you to simply click cancel and gain access....however few people utilize this setting.

[edited by: Terabytes at 10:23 pm (utc) on July 28, 2004]

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am I crazy to keep using Windows 2000 Professional? The whole idea of having to register my software annoys me. Since I build my computer myself, and I have had to reformat more than a couple of times in 9 years of putting my PCs together just having to do another thing annoys me.
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2000 is a very stable OS...actually less security holes than XP....
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Some programs are compatible only with XP Pro and not XP Home.

Unfortunately, I upgraded to XP Home without checking this. None of my programs were affected, but my wife uses AutoCAD (an older version - I think 2002) and it was only compatible with XP Pro.

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"Don't all versions of Windows have only basic support for security?"

NO!

I'd say both could be broken in about the same amount of time, though the latter (NT 5.x) requires something to mount it that can read NTFS (rather than 9x which just requires a DOS floppy and then a quick del *.pwl :P)

And the latter totally incorporates IE6 into the OS which is a security hole large enough to drive several trucks through, as recent events have shown.

You pay for Microsoft products?

LOL!

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9:08 am on July 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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XP Pro has IIS installed (or installable as an option) - XP Home does not.
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XP Pro has IIS installed (or installable as an option) - XP Home does not.

This was the biggest point for me as I use IIS to preview sites locally on my laptop....

I dare say I could install Apache on XP Home for a suitable solution though ....

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I have Win2K Pro on the desktop and XP Home on the laptop because that's what it came with.

The problem is that get Win2K Pro and XP Home to see each other on the network is nearly impossible because you can't log into a domain with XP Home.

Personally, except for the multi-media functions, I would rather stick with Win2K, but that's just me. I might pay to upgrade XP from Home to Pro, but will not pay to upgrade from 2K to XP.

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unless you know for sure what you'll be doing with your computer during the lifetime of the install - get windowsxp professional. if you're doing word processing, browsing, and playing games only, and thats all you'll ever do - get windowsxp home. if you plan to go beyond that in any way - get windowsxp professional.
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XP Pro has IIS installed (or installable as an option) - XP Home does not.

This is also the reason I went Pro. I needed Cold Fusion and PHP in order to test more accurately.

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It seems to me, actually . . . after installing service pack 2, there is no longer a difference. Even the boot screen says "Windows XP" with a loading bar, no "home" or "professional" anymore. I'm looking into this.
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You dump to the default desktop and have total access to the machine.

Actually, IIRC it does more than dump you to the default desktop, it actually dumps you into the profile of the last user that attempted, succesfully or not to logon to that machine.

Try it out if you have 9x - create a new account, attempt to log on with that account and an incorrect password, ok the error that comes up saying you have put an incorrect password in then hit cancel, hey presto you are on that users local desktop.

Although you do get access to the desktop, passwords and other sensitive or protected data is inaccessible but it certainly gives more priveliges than should be expected.