Difference between Windows XP Home and Windows XP Pro

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I was wondering if anybody could point out to me the major differences between Windows XP Home and Windows XP Pro. I am trying to decide if its worth it to purchase the Pro version for someone I am building a computer for. I actually have Windows XP Pro on my computer, but I have no idea what the difference is between Pro and Home, and if the extra 100 bucks is even worth it.
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from what i understand, pro offers more security, encryption, and more
networking features than xp home.

there may be others, but those alone made me get pro.
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Ever heard of Google search ?
or even AskJeeves ?

here, check this out ...

http://www.freelists.org/archives/pctec ... 00041.html

answer to your questions.

Seriously ...
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Yeah was looking for a quick reply on the major differences not a huge article pointing out "all" the differences. I am a busy man!

Anyway we could theoretically say that about every single post on this board. Why not just look it all up on google and nobody would have to post haha

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Your link by the way is basically just another answer from another board. So if its a valid question there, should be here as well :)

You silly guy you.
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did my post help at all?? :?
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I suck in that case ...
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UNFLUX wrote:
did my post help at all?? :?


Yes it did, thanks man. And thanks for the link Steen.

I think I will be getting him XP Home.
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ok good. whew! was thinking maybe i was losing my touch. :P
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Nice i didnt realize there were so many differences.. i would love to figure out how to use the remote desktop thingy, maybe ill start a new thread on that one and see if anyone knows how... or i guess i could "google it" nah rather post it here more personal.... :roll:


Features available only in Windows XP Professional

> Peer to peer networking for up to 10 simaltaneous users (Windows XP
Home only supports five simaltaneous users)
> Server-based networking using domain authentication and support for
Active Directory
> Remote Desktop allows you to work from vertually anywhere and
access files, applications and network services from almost any
computer
> Encrypted File System (EFS) helps protect sensitive data, even if
your computer is stolen
> Support for dual processors
> Access Control restricts access to files and folders
> Enhanced software restriction policy allows adminstrators to
identify software and control its ability to execute
> Group Policies allow administrators to organize users into logical
groups and assign settings (security, appearance, management options)
> Offline Files and Folders and Synchronization Manager allow users
to work on documents while disconnected from the network. Offline
folders can be encrypted for protection. Document changes are
replicated back to the network
> System Preparation tool helps administrators clone configurations
and applications for deployment to multiple machines
> Remote OS installation allows Windows XP Professional to be
installed across the network
> Multilingual support allows users to create, read, and edit
documents in many languages using the English language version of
Windows XP Professional
> WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) provides standard
infrastructure for monitoring and managing systems
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that's a nice concise list gadget thx.

More details as to what I was saying, so you can see if you need to do
more with you pc, then XP Pro is way to go. I'd personally rather have
the flexibility of having it and not using it, then not even have the options.
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umm actually, haha i just pasted it from the link that steen posted hehe...
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... which was found from google... and which was another forum like this one (not as pretty i know, but still same basic site... haha sorry steen I couldn't resist)
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UNFLUX <<< :underwater:
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I really don't know any difference. The only thing i know between home and pro. Is home automatically goes on the C drive and it not let you choose where to put home. Pro will let you choose where to put it. I tryed myself with home and win 98 as a dual boot. I couldn't do it because home will automatically puts it on C. In my case i would get pro. I hope that solves your question Bigweb.
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If you're not using MS ftp, e-mail, webserver, browsers then XP home is fine .

XP home +
apache
mailenable
mozilla
guildftp
+AVG antivirus
+Kerio firewall

I had pro and tried to keep everything standard and use the free software which came with the machine (KISS). One by one I had to dump the inbuilt stuff and switch to another supplier. I didn't do it for fashion reasons, purely practical. If anyone has ever tried to host more than one site on the same IP using IIS then they'll know the painful painful horrible process which lead me to apacheII. Insane that one has to figure out the entire httpd.conf file just to make a second site appear.
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The main thing I have noticed is administrative options, and networking options.

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