Whats the differeence?
Posted 20 February 2005 - 08:40 AM
Posted 20 February 2005 - 08:57 AM
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, but only for up to five computers.
The backup utlity is not installed by default, but is included on the CD.
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
Group Policy Refresh Utility
Multi-lingual User Interface (MUI) add-on
NTFS Encryption Utilitiy
Offline Files and Folders
Performance Log Manager
Scheduled Tasks Console
Security Template Utility
Provides support for multi-processor systems (2 or 4 CPUs), Dynamic Disks, Fax.
Posted 20 February 2005 - 09:00 AM
This link is right off the Microsoft site.
There are many other features on the Pro version that aren't listed in that general comparison chart. For instance. I create my own recovery disc after slipstreaming SP2 into my current version of XP. With XP Pro, I can use the Windows Setup Manager to record answers to the questions you answer during the install - product key, time zone, keyboard layout, etc. By imbedding this into my restore cd, I can reinstall windows without having to sit in front of my PC for 45 minutes answering questions and keying in that long product key. The windows install has now become automated. Just another reason to go pro, but if you aren't a big PC user, Home will probably do just fine.
Hope this helps.
Posted 20 February 2005 - 09:05 AM
I would like to point out, that according to PC magazine, the backup feature will run in XP home after being installed from the CD. However, they say that the program, from XP home will not restore the backed up file.
This isn't experience talking here, it's third party info from a magazine, but you should research that a bit if you do plan to use the XP Home Backup program.
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