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Which XP Flavor do I need?


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tomteriffic

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My existing main machine has XP Professional, SP2. This machine is used to connect to a server and network at my main office some 75 miles away. I use a little VPN applet to connect to the host IP address. From there, I use Windows Remote Desktop Connection to actually access the network. I connect to an internal IP address and the applet also shows that, in addition to a username and a password, I conect to the domain XYZABC (the name doesn't matter).

Now, I've been under the impression that I need XP Professional in order to join that domain, log into that network and do what I need to do. Some folks have told me that this isn't so, that any flavor of XP will work with something like Tight VNC and theWindows Remote Desktop Connection. I've had these so long (going back to a Win98 SE machine, I've no idea if the Remote Desktop Connection is even part of th OS.

The reason I ask this is I'd like to get an inexpensive replacement for my laptop machine, but finding one with XP Pro is a trick and generally is considerably spendier.

So, what's the real scoop here? The target network/domain is running on Win 2000.

Thanks for any help, I'll be glad to reciprocate if it's somethihng I know about.
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Virtual Private Networking is supported in XP Home. Local Domain support isn't.

Technically VPN makes Windows believe a domain is local (despite the fact XP is dialling a number to get to it) which again means XP Home would be unable to connect to the domain. For this you'd need XP Pro.

Regarding Win98SE, there is no remove desktop or similiar, it has to be done third party style. Slightly older versions of PcAnywhere would achieve the same effect though.
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Remote Desktop was not part of Windows 98. But since the client is downloadable and works on 95, 98, ME, and 2000, it makes me wonder if WXPP is required when connecting via VPN... Hhhmmm.

I have a Windows XP Home machine at the house and I'll test out your theory after work. I'll post back the results (in about 1.5 hours).

Here's a comparison guide between WXPH and WXPP: http://www.microsoft.../choosing2.mspx
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Arghhh.... I thought I had a WXPH computer here, but I don't.

However, if you are using Remote Desktop to take control of a computer at the office, then I think Windows XP Home Remote Desktop client will work.

Edited by LindaGail, 06 February 2007 - 05:52 PM.

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Thanks. Maybe I can find somebody with a WXPH machine that will let me borrow it long enough to install these little helpers and try it.

Edited by tomteriffic, 06 February 2007 - 05:57 PM.

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