C'T writes in its latest print issue (in German only) that you need to copy the root directory and the i386 directory of the WindowsXP CD to your harddisk, extract the Bootsector of your WindowsXP CD and change only 2 bytes in i386Setupreg.hiv by using Regedit. In fact all you have to do is edit the binary key "default" and change "01" to "00" and "02" to "00" in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEHomekeyControlSet001Servicessetupdd, C'T claims.
There is one big drawback, though. Users won't be able to install Service Pack 2, unless they integrate SP2 in the installation CD. And that's probably too much trouble for most users, who of course are better off buying a legal version anyway. It is expected that Microsoft will change the setup files soon to prevent this hack.
So, to answer your question, Heeter, YES, it's true!
You should have Remote Desktop, User Management, and the extra security options. You can enable GPEdit through a hack, but it writes the keys to the wrong place in the registry, so no real use for it there.
It should install as a full WinXP Pro version with the exception of:
Tasklist en Taskkill
* Copy the files gpedit.dll and fde.dll from \WINDOWS\System32 on the XP Pro machine to \WINDOWS\System32 on the XP Home machine.
* From a command prompt issue the following commands on the XP Home machine: regsvr32 C:\WINDOWS\System32\gpedit.dll
* regsvr32 C:\WINDOWS\System32\fde.dll Open the Microsoft Management Console (mmc.exe) and select File->Add/Remove Snap-in... Then click Add. Select the Group Policy snap-in from the list of installed snap ins.
You can now edit the Group Policy on the local machine. But XP Home doesn't support the same feature set as XP Pro, so the policies you are looking for might be missing
I'm guessing it would be avail, and that link shows how to enable Windows Logon - at which point you can enter 'Administrator' as the username. However it doesn't mean that it will work. I'll try her out.
Then you've surpassed Home's abilities - those users should have Pro installed. I have been scraping the internet for a solution to this - I don't think I'll find one. We shall see what happens with the test...
I can tell you this right now - when the switch is made, the OS identifies itself as XP pro - so I would imagine the Administrator account should work in Normal mode.