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Drivers for Windows XP Home Vs XP Professional: ARE THEY SAME?

Hello,

I am just wondering if the drivers for windows xp and windows xp professional are same in most cases?
Can I use the drivers meant for Windows XP Professional , for Windows XP Home as well?
Thanks for replying!!
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    Yeah, Windows XP (x86-32 bit) drivers are identical between Home and Pro versions.
    - Some drivers might only work under Professional but they're mostly for dual-CPU socket motherboards.

    Windows XP Professional is also available in a x64 Edition, the drivers for x64 are not compatible with the x86-32bit drivers.
  2. Tabris DarkPeace said:
    Yeah, Windows XP (x86-32 bit) drivers are identical between Home and Pro versions.
    - Some drivers might only work under Professional but they're mostly for dual-CPU socket motherboards.

    Windows XP Professional is also available in a x64 Edition, the drivers for x64 are not compatible with the x86-32bit drivers.

    Hi Tabris!
    I was actually looking for driver support on HP Website for my laptop where I do not have an option to choose Windows XP Home as OS. It starts with Windows XP Professional. And I need to install Windows XP Home on my system, the reason I wondered whether it should be okay to install Professional version drivers. Thanks for your reply :)
  3. Tabris DarkPeace said:
    Yeah, Windows XP (x86-32 bit) drivers are identical between Home and Pro versions.
    - Some drivers might only work under Professional but they're mostly for dual-CPU socket motherboards.

    Windows XP Professional is also available in a x64 Edition, the drivers for x64 are not compatible with the x86-32bit drivers.

    One more question:
    Is it the same case with Windows Vista Home Basic and Windows Vista Home Premium? Thanks!
  4. no they have different designs on the cover.
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