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August 9, 2005 3:13:56 PM

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i am getting ready to get a new computer, i have been using win95b
forever. One of the options i have is weather i want xp home or xp
pro?
i like e-mail,news groups and downloading new programs to play with.
thanks ahead of time.

More about : home pro

Anonymous
August 9, 2005 4:05:54 PM

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yar <yar@cavenet.com> wrote:

>i am getting ready to get a new computer, i have been using win95b
>forever. One of the options i have is weather i want xp home or xp
>pro?
>i like e-mail,news groups and downloading new programs to play with.
>thanks ahead of time.

Which version of Windows XP?
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/whichxp.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/choosi...
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_home_pro...
One additional difference, which is not specifically mentioned on the
above sites, is that in a peer-to-peer network configuration XP Home
only allows 5 concurrent logins to a shared network resource whereas
XP Pro allows 10.

From what you have said, I suspect that XP Home will be fully adequate
for your needs.


Note that Windows XP will not install as an upgrade from your existing
Windows XP. You will have to do a clean install.

However, you can use the "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard" in
Windows XP to save your user data files and program configuration
settings to another hard drive partition, a network drive, or a
removable backup device such as a CDRW drive or tape. See the article
by MVP Gary Woodruff at http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/fast.htm

Also you can use a retail upgrade version of Windows XP *provided* you
have the original installation diskettes or CD for your Windows 95
available to insert during the install process to substantiate your
eligibility to use the upgrade version. The package says Windows 98
or later is needed, but Windows 95 disks will work in this way, even
though installed Windows 95 will not upgrade.

Good luck

Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

In memory of a dear friend Alex Nichol MVP
http://aumha.org/alex.htm
Anonymous
August 9, 2005 4:38:56 PM

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In news:7eshf1h8nkf7sqcds94rchei6sprrgj50e@4ax.com,
yar <yar@cavenet.com> typed:

> i am getting ready to get a new computer, i have been using
> win95b
> forever. One of the options i have is weather i want xp home or
> xp
> pro?
> i like e-mail,news groups and downloading new programs to play
> with.
> thanks ahead of time.


It sounds like Home Edition would be fine for you, and
Professional isn't needed, but read the following to be sure.

XP Professional and XP Home are exactly the same in all respects,
except that Professional has a few features (mostly related to
networking and security) missing from Home. For most (but not
all) home users, even those with a home network, these features
aren't needed, would never be used, and buying Professional
instead of Home is a waste of money.



For details go to



http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_home_pro...



http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/whichxp.asp



http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/choosi...



Also note that Professional allows ten concurrent network
connections, and Home only five.


--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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Anonymous
August 9, 2005 6:26:59 PM

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"Windows XP Comparison Guide"
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/howtobuy/choosin...

--
Ted Zieglar
"You can do it if you try."

"yar" <yar@cavenet.com> wrote in message
news:7eshf1h8nkf7sqcds94rchei6sprrgj50e@4ax.com...
> i am getting ready to get a new computer, i have been using win95b
> forever. One of the options i have is weather i want xp home or xp
> pro?
> i like e-mail,news groups and downloading new programs to play with.
> thanks ahead of time.
August 9, 2005 6:27:00 PM

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thanks for your quick response. i went and looked through the
comparison chart and have to choose xp pro !


On Tue, 9 Aug 2005 14:26:59 -0400, "Ted Zieglar" <teddyz@notmail.com>
blurted forth:

""Windows XP Comparison Guide"
"http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/howtobuy/choosin...
Anonymous
August 10, 2005 12:00:49 AM

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yar wrote:
> i am getting ready to get a new computer, i have been using win95b
> forever. One of the options i have is weather i want xp home or xp
> pro?
> i like e-mail,news groups and downloading new programs to play with.
> thanks ahead of time.


The WinXP Home and WinXP Pro versions are _identical_ when it comes
to performance, stability, and device driver and software application
compatibility, but are intended to meet different functionality,
networking, security, and ease-of-use needs, in different environments.
The most significant differences are that WinXP Pro allows up to 10
simultaneous inbound network connections while WinXP Home only allows
only 5, WinXP Pro is designed to join a Microsoft domain (a crucial
capability at most universities) while WinXP Home cannot, and only WinXP
Pro supports file encryption and IIS. (Oh, and WinXP Pro usually costs
roughly $100 USD more than WinXP Home.)

Windows XP Comparison Guide
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/choosi...

Which Edition Is Right for You
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/whichxp.asp

Windows XP Home Edition vs. Professional Edition
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_home_pro...


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