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Anonymous
October 10, 2004 9:33:02 PM

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Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the technical
differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched the MS XP website
but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by side comparison between
the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people to know the
differences, probably because the products are very similar. Anyway, if
anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a URL of a document
explaining the differences, I would be extemely grateful.

More about : differences home pro

Anonymous
October 10, 2004 10:29:26 PM

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In news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com,
KunK <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the
> technical
> differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched the MS
> XP
> website but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by
> side
> comparison between the two.


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, 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
October 10, 2004 10:40:47 PM

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XP Home is a subset of Pro. Here is the comparison page for all four
versions of XP:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/evaluation/compare.m...

"KunK" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com...
> Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the technical
> differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched the MS XP website
> but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by side comparison
> between
> the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people to know the
> differences, probably because the products are very similar. Anyway, if
> anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a URL of a document
> explaining the differences, I would be extemely grateful.
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Anonymous
October 10, 2004 10:40:48 PM

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Kunk,
The main operational difference is that Windows backup is no installed in XP
Home. However, a subset of the backup program can be installed from your
installation disk. Go to page three of this PDF:
http://www.myscacc.org/Newsletters/0409News.pdf

"Colin Barnhorst" wrote:

> XP Home is a subset of Pro. Here is the comparison page for all four
> versions of XP:
> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/evaluation/compare.m...
>
> "KunK" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com...
> > Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the technical
> > differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched the MS XP website
> > but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by side comparison
> > between
> > the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people to know the
> > differences, probably because the products are very similar. Anyway, if
> > anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a URL of a document
> > explaining the differences, I would be extemely grateful.
>
>
>
Anonymous
October 11, 2004 12:10:50 AM

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XP Pro is designed for an office environment. It can join
domains, it support 10 connections (5 for Home) and has more
security and management features built-in. It has more
language support. But either program will run applications
the same way because they are not just very similar, at
heart they are identical.

see
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/evaluation/compare.m...


--
The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.


"Chuck Davis" <ChuckDavis@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
in message
news:6587719E-DB47-4142-B2BA-490F16BA7AD6@microsoft.com...
| Kunk,
| The main operational difference is that Windows backup is
no installed in XP
| Home. However, a subset of the backup program can be
installed from your
| installation disk. Go to page three of this PDF:
| http://www.myscacc.org/Newsletters/0409News.pdf
|
| "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
|
| > XP Home is a subset of Pro. Here is the comparison page
for all four
| > versions of XP:
| >
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/evaluation/compare.m...
| >
| > "KunK" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
| >
news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com...
| > > Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is
the technical
| > > differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have
searched the MS XP website
| > > but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by
side comparison
| > > between
| > > the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people
to know the
| > > differences, probably because the products are very
similar. Anyway, if
| > > anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a
URL of a document
| > > explaining the differences, I would be extemely
grateful.
| >
| >
| >
Anonymous
October 11, 2004 1:07:42 AM

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Hi,

The core operating system is the same. Differences:

- WinXP Pro will allow 10 inbound connections, Home only 5
- Pro has policy editors (useful in a corporate environment)
- Pro has IIS (useful if you build server apps)
- Pro can become part of a domain (another corporate use)
- Both use simple file sharing by default, but it can only be disabled in
Pro
- Firewall and file security between users is the same
- Encrypted file system is only available in Pro

If you need any of the benefits of a Pro system, then go with it. Otherwise,
most home users are happy with XP Home.

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

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"KunK" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com...
> Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the technical
> differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched the MS XP website
> but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by side comparison
> between
> the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people to know the
> differences, probably because the products are very similar. Anyway, if
> anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a URL of a document
> explaining the differences, I would be extemely grateful.
Anonymous
October 11, 2004 8:30:15 AM

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Here you go:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/evaluation/compare.m...
(Google search: "Compare XP Pro Home")
>-----Original Message-----
>Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the
technical
>differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched
the MS XP website
>but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by side
comparison between
>the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people to
know the
>differences, probably because the products are very
similar. Anyway, if
>anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a URL of
a document
>explaining the differences, I would be extemely grateful.
>.
>
Anonymous
October 11, 2004 10:53:55 AM

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KunK wrote:
> Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the technical
> differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched the MS XP
> website but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by side
> comparison between the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want
> people to know the differences, probably because the products are
> very similar. Anyway, if anyone can point me in the right direction,
> maybe a URL of a document explaining the differences, I would be
> extemely grateful.


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 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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Anonymous
October 11, 2004 10:54:59 AM

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Chuck Davis wrote:
> Kunk,
> The main operational difference is that Windows backup is no
> installed in XP Home.

I'd have to say that that is one of the least significant of the
differences.

--

Bruce Chambers

Help us help you:
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Anonymous
October 11, 2004 11:21:56 AM

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"Chuck Davis" <ChuckDavis@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6587719E-DB47-4142-B2BA-490F16BA7AD6@microsoft.com...
> Kunk,
> The main operational difference is that Windows backup is no installed in
> XP
> Home. However, a subset of the backup program can be installed from your
> installation disk. Go to page three of this PDF:
> http://www.myscacc.org/Newsletters/0409News.pdf
>

Chuck it is not a subset of the backup program - the NTBackup that is
shipped with Windows XP Professional is the same as the one that ships with
Windows XP Home

--

Regards,

Mike
--
Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
rights

Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions, please use these
newsgroups

"Chuck Davis" <ChuckDavis@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6587719E-DB47-4142-B2BA-490F16BA7AD6@microsoft.com...
> Kunk,
> The main operational difference is that Windows backup is no installed in
> XP
> Home. However, a subset of the backup program can be installed from your
> installation disk. Go to page three of this PDF:
> http://www.myscacc.org/Newsletters/0409News.pdf
>
> "Colin Barnhorst" wrote:
>
>> XP Home is a subset of Pro. Here is the comparison page for all four
>> versions of XP:
>> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/evaluation/compare.m...
>>
>> "KunK" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com...
>> > Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the technical
>> > differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched the MS XP
>> > website
>> > but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by side comparison
>> > between
>> > the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people to know the
>> > differences, probably because the products are very similar. Anyway, if
>> > anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a URL of a document
>> > explaining the differences, I would be extemely grateful.
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
October 11, 2004 12:59:37 PM

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"=?Utf-8?B?S3VuSw==?=" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com:

> Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the technical
> differences between XP Home and XP Pro??

About $100.00!

Sorry, couldn't resist and I see the question is answered elsewhere...
Anonymous
October 11, 2004 2:12:57 PM

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My greatest concern is the use of Home on laptops. Because Home does not
allow encryption I think it is an unwise choice and urge the use of Pro
instead.

"KunK" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com...
> Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the technical
> differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched the MS XP website
> but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by side comparison
> between
> the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people to know the
> differences, probably because the products are very similar. Anyway, if
> anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a URL of a document
> explaining the differences, I would be extemely grateful.
Anonymous
October 11, 2004 4:19:37 PM

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Lots of companies also "recommend XP Pro" but you'll notice
that most of the computers shown in ads on the same page as
the recommendation have XP Home simply because it makes the
price LOOK lower.
In the same way, ten years ago many computer makers/sellers
bundled OFFICE SBE with a computer because then you had an
operating system and applications and could do something
right out of the box. But that added cost to the bottom
line and probably turned a few customers away. So today you
have to be a careful reader of spec sheets before you buy.
Unfortunately, reading seems to be not well stressed in
education.


--
The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.


"Colin Barnhorst" <colinbarharst@msn.com> wrote in message
news:o gSkt06rEHA.1152@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
| My greatest concern is the use of Home on laptops.
Because Home does not
| allow encryption I think it is an unwise choice and urge
the use of Pro
| instead.
|
| "KunK" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
| news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com...
| > Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the
technical
| > differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched
the MS XP website
| > but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by
side comparison
| > between
| > the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people to
know the
| > differences, probably because the products are very
similar. Anyway, if
| > anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a URL
of a document
| > explaining the differences, I would be extemely
grateful.
|
|
Anonymous
October 11, 2004 4:19:38 PM

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I agree. My real beef is that the OEM's bundle Home on laptops and then
refuse to give support unless you stick with Home. I upgraded my laptop to
Pro (because I thought Home less secure and that is an issue with laptops
since most get used with wireless at some point) and Compaq refused to
support the computer at all. They have the right to do that but it is not
good customer relations. It is a false economy on their part.

"Jim Macklin" <p51mustang[threeX12]@xxxhotmail.calm> wrote in message
news:uJm8Db7rEHA.348@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Lots of companies also "recommend XP Pro" but you'll notice
> that most of the computers shown in ads on the same page as
> the recommendation have XP Home simply because it makes the
> price LOOK lower.
> In the same way, ten years ago many computer makers/sellers
> bundled OFFICE SBE with a computer because then you had an
> operating system and applications and could do something
> right out of the box. But that added cost to the bottom
> line and probably turned a few customers away. So today you
> have to be a careful reader of spec sheets before you buy.
> Unfortunately, reading seems to be not well stressed in
> education.
>
>
> --
> The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
> But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
>
>
> "Colin Barnhorst" <colinbarharst@msn.com> wrote in message
> news:o gSkt06rEHA.1152@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
> | My greatest concern is the use of Home on laptops.
> Because Home does not
> | allow encryption I think it is an unwise choice and urge
> the use of Pro
> | instead.
> |
> | "KunK" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> | news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com...
> | > Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the
> technical
> | > differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched
> the MS XP website
> | > but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by
> side comparison
> | > between
> | > the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people to
> know the
> | > differences, probably because the products are very
> similar. Anyway, if
> | > anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a URL
> of a document
> | > explaining the differences, I would be extemely
> grateful.
> |
> |
>
>
Anonymous
October 11, 2004 4:44:03 PM

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They really need to make an upgrade to Pro an item of
prominence in their ads... I general Dell will upgrade to
Pro for about $80...but you have to look for it or ask on
the telephone, they don't seem to push it, even though they
have blurb in their ads.




"Colin Barnhorst" <colinbarharst@msn.com> wrote in message
news:eati6g7rEHA.3848@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
|I agree. My real beef is that the OEM's bundle Home on
laptops and then
| refuse to give support unless you stick with Home. I
upgraded my laptop to
| Pro (because I thought Home less secure and that is an
issue with laptops
| since most get used with wireless at some point) and
Compaq refused to
| support the computer at all. They have the right to do
that but it is not
| good customer relations. It is a false economy on their
part.
|
| "Jim Macklin" <p51mustang[threeX12]@xxxhotmail.calm> wrote
in message
| news:uJm8Db7rEHA.348@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
| > Lots of companies also "recommend XP Pro" but you'll
notice
| > that most of the computers shown in ads on the same page
as
| > the recommendation have XP Home simply because it makes
the
| > price LOOK lower.
| > In the same way, ten years ago many computer
makers/sellers
| > bundled OFFICE SBE with a computer because then you had
an
| > operating system and applications and could do something
| > right out of the box. But that added cost to the bottom
| > line and probably turned a few customers away. So today
you
| > have to be a careful reader of spec sheets before you
buy.
| > Unfortunately, reading seems to be not well stressed in
| > education.
| >
| >
| > --
| > The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
| > But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
| >
| >
| > "Colin Barnhorst" <colinbarharst@msn.com> wrote in
message
| > news:o gSkt06rEHA.1152@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
| > | My greatest concern is the use of Home on laptops.
| > Because Home does not
| > | allow encryption I think it is an unwise choice and
urge
| > the use of Pro
| > | instead.
| > |
| > | "KunK" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message
| > |
news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com...
| > | > Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is
the
| > technical
| > | > differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have
searched
| > the MS XP website
| > | > but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by
| > side comparison
| > | > between
| > | > the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want
people to
| > know the
| > | > differences, probably because the products are very
| > similar. Anyway, if
| > | > anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a
URL
| > of a document
| > | > explaining the differences, I would be extemely
| > grateful.
| > |
| > |
| >
| >
|
|
October 11, 2004 10:42:02 PM

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One thing that Home DOESN'T have is support for Netware Client. I needed an
IPX connection and lost out!

Peter


"KunK" <KunK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:BD056F74-F02F-4A32-93B8-4389C67C1B2E@microsoft.com...
> Ok, this may seem like a simple question, but wtf is the technical
> differences between XP Home and XP Pro?? I have searched the MS XP website
> but for the life of me I cant seem to find a side by side comparison
> between
> the two. Its almost like Microsoft doesnt want people to know the
> differences, probably because the products are very similar. Anyway, if
> anyone can point me in the right direction, maybe a URL of a document
> explaining the differences, I would be extemely grateful.
!