I take what n0e says way too seriously
1st March 2003
I say if you don't plan on advanced networking, you should stick with home. It's not that all the services with PRO are useless, it's just that they aren't USEFUL to a home user. It does have some nicer management utilities, though. For example, you can link multiple drives top show up as one volume in explorer (5 200gb will show up as a 1tb hdd). However, they're not really THAT useful, so, IMHO, unless you plan on networking many computers directly together, go with home. And as far as w2k goes, it isnt as well supported by game developers as XP. And no, dont wait for longhorn, 2 years is a long time and XP+the upgrade'll be about the same price as buying vanilla longhorn.
the only difference between the two is pro has added networking capability for use as a client computer is ntworks that have a main server and allow for greater security, like i said before unless your trying to put together a business home network you dont need all that extra network capability, you can set up a simple workgroup using Home and save from having performance hitting unessecarry sservices running in the background. in terms of stability there is no difference, there the same core OS.
Pro is only useful for large networking. In your situation...Home.