xp home vs xp pro

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by dubstar, Mar 28, 2003.

  1. dubstar

    dubstar format c:

    Southern California
    major and minor differences are..what again?
  2. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

    Price, file security, multi-processor support for Pro and again about $100.00 more smackaroos for Pro.:D
  3. FoSsiL

    FoSsiL Guest

    well the pro does have more feature than the home version, but many pplz end up tweaking their system and disabling some of those stuff that comes with it; so the home verison will do just fine, unless ur running some kinda advance network system or something. whatever, up to u=)
  4. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

    Pro has a blue scroll bar in the boot screen, Home a green one.

    Guess that is already the main difference for most users.
    Pro is a superset of Home, means everything that can be done in Home can be done in Pro, too. It also means that most parts of the OS are identical.
    You can't log into a domain with Home, there is no Group Policy editor, Internet Information Server is not included, no encrypted file system, backup utility not installed by default but on the disk, .....

    some links:


    A file by file compare can be found here

  5. tibboh

    tibboh Arte et Marte

    Preston England
    I pondered this for ages, as I wanted to get rid of my "borrowed" XP Pro. I opted for purchasing Home version, and having now run both versions, I believe Home is well sufficient for my need.

    And of course, if you have an old copy of '95/'98, you can re format HD and do a clean install with the UPGRADE versionof Home, as it only asks for verification of previous Windows O/S - it does NOT have to be pre installed (but this does not appear to work for system restore packs - you have to have version installed - but kept in background).
  6. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

    new york
    I had the pro cd sitting around my house for abut a year.

    I was planning on using it in my next computor, but now realize I'm not getting another computor till hammer.

    by then, loghorn will be out

    so I did the upgrade.

    for the aggrivation, it was not worth my effort at all.

    now, if I go dually, this would be the biggest boon for the conversion
  7. sherpard

    sherpard Guest

    windows xp professional can be activated as many times as u want? eg. when u format your whole hdd and lose everything and u reinstall windows u register again.
    for windows xp homeedition is it true u can only activate the product 3 times before the key becomes 'dead'?
  8. dubstar

    dubstar format c:

    Southern California
    i have home edition, and i have reinstalled about 6 times, using the key.. 6 times, it works everytime.
  9. FoSsiL

    FoSsiL Guest

    thats just so wack, why would the key die out after 3 times.
    this is just nonsense.
  10. XP Abuser

    XP Abuser Guest

    phooey to activation. the only thing i activate is my middle finger:)
  11. 03bigMark03

    03bigMark03 Guest


    I use XP Pro and my dad's laptop uses XP home. There's really not much difference. Just more networking tools, and more general management tools and i think there are more languages in XP pro or something like that.
  12. zyfos

    zyfos Resurrected

    Activation key dies if you replace like 3 or more components in your computer. From what I've heard, XP will look at the devices you have installed on your computer, take some ID numbers from em, and crunches the numbers through a hash algorithm. The result is an ID key for your computer that Microsoft keeps track of to make sure that you install it only on that one computer. If you install the same copy of XP on a different machine, a different ID number would be sent in and Microsoft would know that you are installing it on something besides the original computer and they freeze your activation key.
  13. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

    Victoria, B.C. CANADA
    I f you have more than one user on your computor I would install XP pro as the account types on home are limited to "admin" and "limited". This can be a real pain. XP pro lets you define just about everything a user can or cant do through the gruop policy editor.