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Confused by networking options HOME PREMIUM vs PRO

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September 24, 2009 4:50:04 AM


Comparisons:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/co...

In the pro model, it says Windows 7 supports domain join. But on Vista I currently use domains... I think. I'm no network pro, but I managed to get a spare computer running Ubuntu + webmin to act as a NAS. I have a few PCs, one which will have Windows 7, another with Vista, and another with XP. Besides using a Ubuntu NAS, I want to be able to share files outside of the "My Documents/Pics/Music" etc. folders, and I want to be able to play LAN games.

Does domain joining affect any of this? I currently can do this on XP Pro and Vista Professional. Do I need Windows 7 Professional to do this, or is Windows 7 Home Premium enough?

Thanks!

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September 24, 2009 5:53:20 AM

A NAS is not a Windows Domain. A Windows Domain is a server that runs Active Directory and which holds all of your user accounts along with all of the other computers that trust it for authentication.

You don't need a Windows Domain to share files and play LAN games, Home Premium should work fine for those purposes. You might want to take a look at this blog entry that describes the differences between the various editions of Windows 7.
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September 24, 2009 7:08:55 AM

Thank you very much. That cleared everything up!
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