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Old 01-03-02, 08:08 PM
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What's the difference between Windows XP Standard and Professional versions?

I can get the professional version of XP for the same as the standard upgrade version of XP. I was wondering if it was worth getting the professional version as opposed to the standard version.
Old 01-03-02, 08:17 PM
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According to http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/whichxp.asp :

Microsoft offers three editions of the Windows® XP operating system:

Windows XP Professional, the most full-featured edition, provides the highest levels of performance, productivity, and security. It is the best choice for business users and for home users who demand the most from their systems.

Windows XP Home Edition is an excellent choice for most home users, with exciting new features that help you do more with your computer.

The following summary may help you decide which edition is best for you:

Windows XP Home Edition

New visual design makes it easier to do common tasks efficiently.

Digital photo features let you acquire, organize, and share pictures.

All-in-one music tool for discovering, downloading, storing, and playback of the highest-quality digital music.

Everything you need to create, share, and enjoy videos on your computer.

Easy computer sharing and home networking.

The ultimate communication tool for instant messaging, voice or video conversations, and collaboration.

Tools for recovering from problems or getting help from an expert.

The most reliable, secure, and dependable operating system to keep your system up and running.

Windows XP Professional

All the benefits of Windows XP Home Edition, plus:

Greater security, including the ability to encrypt your files and folders, to protect your business data.

Premier mobile support for the ability to work offline or access your computer remotely.

Built-in support for high-performance multiprocessor systems.

Designed to work with Microsoft Windows Servers and management solutions.

Communicate efficiently with others around the world by working in any given language.

More details on the differences between the two:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/h.../choosing2.asp
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Main difference is xp pro can log users on to a domain, home edition can't.

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criptik28, thanks for the info, but I already read that from Microsoft's website.

I was just wondering from a user standpoint, if I could get the professional version for the same price, why not just get that, right?
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No point not to, pro has everything home does plus some.

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Originally posted by Deftones17
criptik28, thanks for the info, but I already read that from Microsoft's website.

I was just wondering from a user standpoint, if I could get the professional version for the same price, why not just get that, right?
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Originally posted by Deftones17
criptik28, thanks for the info, but I already read that from Microsoft's website.

I was just wondering from a user standpoint, if I could get the professional version for the same price, why not just get that, right?
at the same price.. get pro

home is a watered down copy of pro
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Originally posted by Dave99
Main difference is xp pro can log users on to a domain, home edition can't.

Dave

er....can I expand that just a bit?

XP home was desinged as an Unmanaged OS, XP pro was designed to be a Managed OS.

That is the definition of the difference.

If you can get both at the same price (and who can't ) I would go with Pro and just don't use the features you do not want.

Also, call me crazy, but I think Pro is just a bit faster.

The only real downfall with a newbie on Pro is if you start to play with the file security and lock yourself out of the computer. Easier to do than one might think in other words Pro is a bit more advanced and you should learn a little more about things before you play with them.
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Originally posted by 4KRG



er....can I expand that just a bit?

XP home was desinged as an Unmanaged OS, XP pro was designed to be a Managed OS.

That is the definition of the difference.

If you can get both at the same price (and who can't ) I would go with Pro and just don't use the features you do not want.

Also, call me crazy, but I think Pro is just a bit faster.

The only real downfall with a newbie on Pro is if you start to play with the file security and lock yourself out of the computer. Easier to do than one might think in other words Pro is a bit more advanced and you should learn a little more about things before you play with them.
thanks 4krg, that's the kind of answer I'm looking for. As for the two being the same price, I'm not sure what you are talking about. On every website I've checked, the upgrade version of the home version of XP is $99.99 and the upgrade version of the professional is $199.99. However, I have a "student" discount via a store on the campus of ASU.
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Originally posted by Deftones17

As for the two being the same price, I'm not sure what you are talking about.
um ok, I guess it depends on where you shop.
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Originally posted by 4KRG


um ok, I guess it depends on where you shop.
ok, well why don't you download me one of those copies off the net and send it my way, mr. fancypants!
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Originally posted by Deftones17


ok, well why don't you download me one of those copies off the net and send it my way, mr. fancypants!


Don't you have lie detectors to pass. You are asking me to steal for you that is not right <4KRG side steps lightening bolt >
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Originally posted by 4KRG




Don't you have lie detectors to pass. You are asking me to steal for you that is not right <4KRG side steps lightening bolt >

Damn those polygraphs!
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Originally posted by Deftones17



Damn those polygraphs!
How are you ever going to explain that flamingo thing I can just see the poly operator now


Deftones have you ever had sex with an animal?


er all well there was this one time that I was joking around about a platic flamingo in vegas and I sort of boffed it from behind while a midget took pictures.....





no no it was for a joke really

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Originally posted by 4KRG


How are you ever going to explain that flamingo thing I can just see the poly operator now


Deftones have you ever had sex with an animal?


er all well there was this one time that I was joking around about a platic flamingo in vegas and I sort of boffed it from behind while a midget took pictures.....





no no it was for a joke really




well, I guess that's just something I'll have to face when the time comes. In the mean time, it's open season on plastic animal statues everywhere!
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No, you can't expand on it. Make a separate post outlining your ideas. Wait, you did anyway, why even ask permission?



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Originally posted by 4KRG



er....can I expand that just a bit?

XP home was desinged as an Unmanaged OS, XP pro was designed to be a Managed OS.

That is the definition of the difference.

If you can get both at the same price (and who can't ) I would go with Pro and just don't use the features you do not want.

Also, call me crazy, but I think Pro is just a bit faster.

The only real downfall with a newbie on Pro is if you start to play with the file security and lock yourself out of the computer. Easier to do than one might think in other words Pro is a bit more advanced and you should learn a little more about things before you play with them.
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Originally posted by Deftones17
criptik28, thanks for the info, but I already read that from Microsoft's website.

I was just wondering from a user standpoint, if I could get the professional version for the same price, why not just get that, right?
Ooops, sorry then. I'd recommend Pro, if they're the same price. (I did the exact same thing.)
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Where did you guys find Pro for the same price as Home? Is this the full version or upgrade?
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Originally posted by dvdsteve2000
Where did you guys find Pro for the same price as Home? Is this the full version or upgrade?
well if you are a student, most computer stores on campus will sell computer programs at a significant discount. Professional XP happens to be the same price as Home XP.
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*Nod* Ditto
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Originally posted by Deftones17


well if you are a student, most computer stores on campus will sell computer programs at a significant discount. Professional XP happens to be the same price as Home XP.
Yeah Steve, that's it, stop by PITT and grab a copy from the bookstore. I feel they will sell it to you really really cheap if you tell them you are a student
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Originally posted by 4KRG


Yeah Steve, that's it, stop by PITT and grab a copy from the bookstore. I feel they will sell it to you really really cheap if you tell them you are a student
Dude, they'd never buy it...I'm like 80 years old!!!

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