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Old 07-26-05, 05:52 PM
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Xp home or XP pro?

What are the benefits of going with XP professional?
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Mostly - more networking capabilities.

I use XP Pro, but I don't think it matters that much unless you have a fairly complex network.
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Pro has security, but for what it's worth anyone that knows anything can bypass it all so in the end it really doesn't matter.

Unless you will be in a corp AD or Domain, just buy the Home edition. Both are equally as stable.
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XP Pro has several noteworthy features:

1) Support for user accounts. I think XP Home automatically logs in under a generic "MSHOME" account or something like that, and lacks the weak file-system permissions and roaming profile features of XP Pro. (XP Pro also has a crappy file-system encryption capability that shouldn't affect your decision in the slightest.)

2) The capability to serve as a Terminal Services server (also known as Remote Desktop.) This is an extraordinarily useful feature - probably not worth the $100 differential cost, but that's between you and your pocketbook.

3) XP Pro comes with IIS 5.1.

That's about it. Complete chart from Microsoft here.

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Yeah, the Remote Desktop is pretty cool. I can use it at home with my laptop and desktop. Haven't tried it over the internet since I don't have a static IP.
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I'm pretty sure home supports accounts and I know my home version has Remote Desktop.

I thought Pro just had domain and networking stuff as extras.
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Originally Posted by ianholm
Yeah, the Remote Desktop is pretty cool. I can use it at home with my laptop and desktop. Haven't tried it over the internet since I don't have a static IP.
http://www.no-ip.com/services/manage...namic_dns.html

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2) The capability to serve as a Terminal Services server (also known as Remote Desktop.) This is an extraordinarily useful feature - probably not worth the $100 differential cost, but that's between you and your pocketbook.
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Couldn't you just use VNC, which is free?
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Originally Posted by joeblow69
Couldn't you just use VNC, which is free?
I used VNC a little before switching to Remote Desktop Connection. At least back then, VNC was pretty kludgey, harder to set up, etc. It provided a much less transparent experience than Terminal Services/RDC.

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Wow, that's awesome! And it's free! Can't wait to get home and try it out. Thanks for the link!
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I switched to XP Pro because I got tired of having to log into XP Home in "safe mode" in order to access the protection/privileges system for files & folders.
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I switched to XP Pro because I got tired of having to log into XP Home in "safe mode" in order to access the protection/privileges system for files & folders.
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I switched to XP Pro because I got tired of having to log into XP Home in "safe mode" in order to access the protection/privileges system for files & folders.
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You may want to look into the XP Pro "multiple Internet forum post protection" feature. It's supposed to be very effective.

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Originally Posted by sfsdfd
XP Pro has several noteworthy features:

1) Support for user accounts. I think XP Home automatically logs in under a generic "MSHOME" account or something like that, and lacks the weak file-system permissions and roaming profile features of XP Pro. (XP Pro also has a crappy file-system encryption capability that shouldn't affect your decision in the slightest.)
XP Home definitely supports user accounts, a feature I used when I installed it on an old PII-350 yesterday.
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Originally Posted by sfsdfd
You may want to look into the XP Pro "multiple Internet forum post protection" feature. It's supposed to be very effective.

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