Windows XP: Home VS Pro

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rtruell
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Windows XP: Home VS Pro

Post by rtruell » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:30 pm

My experience with Windows XP until now has been with XP Home SP2. However, a friend just picked up a used system that came with XP Pro SP2 (installed and with a CD/COA), which I know almost nothing about.

As far as service packs and RyanVM's UpdatePack (and assorted add-ons) goes, are XP Home and XP Pro essentially the same thing? That is, when SP3 becomes available next week, will the same executable update both Home and Pro? And can the same UpdatePack file (and add-on files) be used to update both Home and Pro CD's?

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Post by crashfly » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:43 pm

Normally, yes. XP Professional tends to have a bit more networking utilities for business use, but otherwise you do not miss *that* much with Home edition.

Microsoft's website helps in describing differences:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/ ... sing2.mspx

Two items stand out:
  • 1. If you have a dual core processor, you need XP Pro to better support it.
    2. NTFS encryption is not available on Home edition.
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Post by jamesdean » Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:08 am

Afaik, XP Home will work fine with a dual-core even a quad-core.

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Post by hartless_1 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:48 pm

crashfly wrote:Normally, yes. XP Professional tends to have a bit more networking utilities for business use, but otherwise you do not miss *that* much with Home edition.

Microsoft's website helps in describing differences:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/ ... sing2.mspx

Two items stand out:
  • 1. If you have a dual core processor, you need XP Pro to better support it.
    2. NTFS encryption is not available on Home edition.
Sorry,wrong on both counts.
1. Dual core is fine for XP Home. MULTI processor is not.
2. NTFS is fine. FILE encryption is not available.

I only posted to correct you because someone might have read your post and been misled.

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Post by krieger546 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:00 pm

hartless_1 wrote:
crashfly wrote:Normally, yes. XP Professional tends to have a bit more networking utilities for business use, but otherwise you do not miss *that* much with Home edition.

Microsoft's website helps in describing differences:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/ ... sing2.mspx

Two items stand out:
  • 1. If you have a dual core processor, you need XP Pro to better support it.
    2. NTFS encryption is not available on Home edition.
Sorry,wrong on both counts.
1. Dual core is fine for XP Home. MULTI processor is not.
2. NTFS is fine. FILE encryption is not available.

I only posted to correct you because someone might have read your post and been misled.
I could be wrong here, but doesn't XP treat dual core and even HyperThreading processors the same as multi processor?
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Post by redxii » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:18 pm

However XP treats multi-core vs multi-processor, XP Home licensing allows for one PHYSICAL processor with however many cores.

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/high ... icore.mspx

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Post by 5eraph » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:21 pm

Nice link, redxii. :)

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