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The Difference Between Windows XP Home and Professional Editions

With the release of Windows XP, Microsoft decided to create 2 different versions. One geared towards home users and the other geared towards business or professional users. Each version has features that apply more to that type of user. Or to be more accurate, Windows XP Professional has all the XP Home Edition features plus additional functionality geared more towards the workplace and networked computers.

You most likely have the Home Edition at home unless you ordered your PC with the Professional Edition. At work you may have Home or Pro but most likely Pro depending on your network configuration and size of your business. A quick way to check is to click on the Start button and read where it says Windows XP along the side. If you have the Home edition it will just say Windows XP. The Pro edition will say Windows XP Professional.

So what’s the difference between the two? I’m glad you asked.

Windows XP Professional has more advanced features used mainly in a work environment with networked computers. Here are a few of the features XP Pro has that Home does not.

  • Remote Desktop – remotely access your Windows XP Professional PC, from another Windows PC.
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) version 5.1 – host your own Web site on the Internet or your intranet.
  • Offline Files and Folders - access to files & folders on a network share when disconnected from the server
  • Multiple processor support – up to two-way multi-processor support
  • Centralized administration - join Windows XP Professional systems to a Windows Server domain.
  • Roaming User Profiles - access to all your documents and settings no matter where you log on.

 

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