I consider myself a poweruser, but a cheap bastard. I'm finally upgrading my computer from a PII400 on Win98SE to a 2500 barton and some flavor of XP.
What features would XP pro have that would make me have to have it over XP Home? I will never have more than 4 systems at any one time. I do run a small network with a cable modem & router for my connection to the internet. Hope this is enough info.
1st XP got better help - I never needed any
2nd better start menu - I have everything I need in Quick Launch
3rd opening more than 5 items make the buttons in taskbar hard to read - just make the taskbar bigger, you can make it as big as half the screen! (and then use autohide so it doesn't bother your view)
well that's a sad reasoning to get XP, maybe they should come here to get better reasoning from the xp fans of this board.
off to read more
and by the way, they compare 98SE to XP PRO. that's somewhat dumb since 98SE is for regular home users and XP PRO isn't, that's why there is XP Home (still based on NT which again not for regular home users, but anyway). They should compare it to Win2000, but then people would realize it's barely any different and might not buy it. They even compare XP PRO to 95, that's just sad.
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Well I answered yes to numbers 3 and 5 so I guess the extra cost would be worth it to me.
Ask yourself these five questions to find out which one is right for you:
Do you want to remotely access your computer so you can work with all your data and applications while away from your desk?
Remote Desktop, a feature found only in Windows XP Professional, lets you set up your computer for connection from any other Windows-based computer. Leave a file at home? Don't want to lug a laptop around? Remote Desktop gives you access to your computer from virtually anywhere. More about Remote Desktop.
Do you connect to a large network?
Windows XP Professional is best for people who connect to large networks, such as a school or office network, since it allows you to join and be managed by a Windows domain. More about joining networks.
Do you need to protect sensitive data in files and folders that are stored on your computer?
The Encrypting File System (EFS), found in Windows XP Professional but not Windows XP Home Edition, allows you to encrypt your files and folders for added security of sensitive data against theft or hackers. Restricted File Access, also found only in Professional, allows you to restrict access to selected files, applications, and other resources. More about EFS.
Do you need the ability to completely restore your system in the event of a catastrophic failure?
Windows XP Professional provides more robust options for backing up and restoring data than Home Edition. More about System Restore and other restore options.
Would you consider yourself a "power user"?
Windows XP Professional contains a number of incremental features too numerous to list here. Suffice it to say, users who demand the most from their computers will want to "go Pro." Some additional features found only in Windows XP Professional are:
Advanced networking for multiple PC environments
Internet Information Services (IIS), a Windows XP Professional feature that lets you host and manage personal Web sites
Support for multiple-processor systems
Support for multiple languages
More about Windows XP Professional features.
If you answered "yes" to one or more of the questions above, Windows XP Professional is the right operating system for you.