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John 11:35

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#1 13 years ago

WHats the differences? Lots of people say that home is junk and to get pro, but is it really worth to buy it for 50 bucks more?


...burning angel wings to dust

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#2 13 years ago

Not really, unless you've got a pretty high-end box to run Pro on, or a fairly large [home] network. The two largest differences are: -Pro will support more than two CPUs, and -Pro will handle more than [I think] five computers on a network. I believe this only applies if the computer in question is acting as a server (that is, you can stick a box running Home onto a network of any size as a client, but not as a server if there are more than five comptuers or [and?] devices attached to it). I'm not sure how flexible this is, though, so take it with a grain of salt. This may or may not boil down to the inclusion of IIS in Pro and/or a lack thereof in Home; I honestly don't know. AFAIK, those are the only significant differences. I've heard people suggest that Pro has stronger security measures, but I doubt the veracity of such claims. Regardless, Home is perfectly fine for most Windows users on a budget.


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#3 13 years ago

Windows XP Pro is basically a step up from Windows 2000 Pro. It works almost exactly the same.

Windows XP Home, is a crippled version. It took extra work, to remove all the stuff from Windows 2K/XP Pro, and make it into Windows Me. Including,...

Limiting the number of groups, and accounts for the OS. Such as having only 2 user accounts, Administrator, and Limited (User). Administrator is complete control, and Limit only allows control over a users account. A Limited user can not install any programs, using normal methods. They may be able to run software from their own folders, if it does not have to be installed. The "Power User" account was removed, unfortunately. The Power User allows limiting the fun, without removing the ability to install software. It is just limited. This is why XP Home is less secure, in order to do anything worthwhile, you have to use the Administrator level, and risk comprimising the entire system. It works about the same as Windows 9x, in other words. This info was from Pre-Sevice Pack 2. I am not sure if any of the additional accounts were added back. http://www.windowsnetworking.com/j_helmig/wxphusrm.htm

Think of it this way, Windows XP Home supports most all of the Windows 9x features. Everyone has control over the system, and can delete system files. Everyone has access to other's accounts. Windows XP Home has introduced a couple of new security features, and better stability. Private folders, and Limited accounts. I've found a dozen sites on security, and XP Home. Basically, XP Home is little different from Windows Me.

http://netsecurity.about.com/cs/windowsxp/a/aa042204_3.htm http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/share/intro.mspx

Then, Windows XP Home does not allow you to create Logical Partitions. Which I actually find to be very usefull. It is not a big loss, for the Home user, but XP Home is the only new OS that does not allow this.

XP Home is a decent upgrade for the Windows Me user, and is a LOT more stable. Just don't expect much more than eye candy.

That is why I am using Windows 2000 Pro. It does not have System Restore, or the new Windows Media Player, or the built-in firewall, or look quite as nice, as the Windows Classic theme. Yet it has all the power features of XP Pro. I am not going to "upgrade" down (downgrade) to XP Home.


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#4 13 years ago

I've used both, and personally, they work the same. Biggest difference I've experienced is the Windows desktop wallpaper. Home background is green and says "Home Edition" while Pro says "Professional Edition" and is blue. :lol: Nah, don't get Pro, save the 50 bucks.


The real Homer

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#5 13 years ago

I thought the difference was networking, and the fact that you can activate windows Xp pro unlimited amount of times making it good for a person who reformats thier computer every few months.

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#6 13 years ago

Afaik, there isnt a limit on activating Home if you're doing it on the same computer each time.

Anyways, If you are planning on using the AMD 64 bit processors, Pro would be better as I've heard that Microsoft will make an upgrade available to Pro users to have the OS upgraded from 32Bit to 64 bit. Home users will not get that. I personally use Home, and it's not that bad. It's a large step up from Windows 98SE/ME...


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#7 13 years ago

They arent going to make the upgrade in the future... it's been available for quite awhile. Infact, I think the period for the free upgrade may be ending soon. But stick with normal old 32 bit Windows. 64 bit is riddled with compatibility and backwards compatibility issues. Its only useful if you have tons of 64 bit applications, more than 16TB of hard drive space, or more than 125GB of RAM (somewhere around there).


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#8 13 years ago

I've got home here and never had any major problems as of yet. I also used to use Windows ME, so its an amazing step up to have an OS that works and doesn't crash/error or christ knows what not so often. I run a small home network of 4 computers and I didn't know about that 5 machine limit o_0

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#9 13 years ago

way, way back last year there was a similar thread


if you just want to play games, and dont want the minor number of extras Pro gives you then save some money and get Home, spend the savings on better hardware such as cpu,graphics card, or ram

Home is just as stable as Pro, if there is a problem with either then its usually down to bad 3rd party software, or the user. guess which causes the most problems : :uhm:

Thinking about it.