Re: What is the different between XP Home and XP Pro?
From: Stuart Livingston (stuartl_at_optonline.net)
Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2005 23:03:44 -0500
I really like to thank you for the time that you took in responding to my
inquiry. I have read your response a couple of times. So far I have not used
any of the features that XP Pro gives one.
"BAR" <BAR@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Professional Edition is has more functions, features etc than Home
> it has everything that is in Home Edition and more.
> Comparing the two, one should describe those features in Pro that you
> get in Home Edition.
> The following are not present in Windows XP Home Edition.
> Power user
> Only Pro supports the new Remote Desktop feature, which is a
> version of Terminal Services with two obvious uses: Mobile professionals
> need to remotely access their corporate desktop, and remote administration
> clients on a network.
> You can access a Windows XP Remote Desktop from any OS that supports a
> Terminal Services client (such as Windows 98 and, interestingly XP Home).
> Home can act as the client in a Remote Desktop session; only Pro can be
> Multi-processor support - XP Pro supports up to two microprocessors, Home
> Edition only one.
> Automated System Recovery (ASR) - In a somewhat controversial move,
> Microsoft has removed the Backup utility from the default installation
> configuration ofHome, though it is available as an optional installation
> the CD-ROM. With Pro, ASR will help recover a system from a catastrophic
> error, such as one that renders the system unbootable. ASR-enabled backups
> are triggerable from XP Setup, even if the hard drive dies and has to be
> replaced. Unlike System Restore, ASR is not automatic: it must manually be
> enabled from within the Backup utility in Windows XP Pro.
> Dynamic Disk Support - Windows XP Professional supports dynamic disks, but
> Home does not. Dynamic disks are not usable with any OS other than Windows
> 2000 or XP Pro, and they cannot be used on portable computers. Home
> does not include the Logical Disk Manager.
> Fax - With Home the fax functionality is an option you choose to install
> from the installation.
> Internet Information Services/Personal Web Server - Home Edition does not
> include the IIS Web server 5.1 software found in Pro.
> Encrypting File System - XP Pro supports the Encrypting File System (EFS),
> which allows you encrypt individual files or folders for local security
> is not enabled over a network).
> File-level access control - A user with Administrator privileges can limit
> access to certain network resources,using access control lists. Only with
> Pro is there file-level access control, because this feature is typically
> implemented through Group Policy Objects, which are also not available in
> Home cannot be used to logon to an Active Directory domain.
> Group Policy - As Home cannot be used to logon to an Active Directory
> domain, is not supported either.
> IntelliMirror - Microsoft lumps a wide range of semi-related change and
> configuration management technologies under the IntelliMirror umbrella,
> none of these features are supported in Home. IntelliMirror capabilities
> include user data management; centrally-managed software installation,
> repair, updating, and removal; user settings management; and Remote
> Installation Services (RIS), which allows administrators to remotely
> the OS on client systems.
> Roaming profiles - This feature allows users to logon to any computer in
> Active Directory network and automatically receive their customized
> It is not available in Home Edition, for reasons mentioned previously.
> Multi-language support - Only XP Pro will ship in a Multi-Language version
> or support multiple languages in a single install.
> Sysprep support - Only XP Pro will support the System Preparation
> RIS support - Home does not support RIS deployments.
> 64-bit Edition
> Microsoft is shipping a 64-bit version of Windows XP for Intel Itanium
> systems that mirrors the Professional Edition feature-set.
> Networking features
> The following networking features are not included in Home:
> The user interface for IPSecurity (IPSec)
> Simple TCP/IP services
> SAP Agent
> Client Service for NetWare
> Network Monitor
> Multiple Roaming feature
> User interface features
> XP Home has Guest logon turned on by default, but it is off in Pro. The
> Address bar in Explorer windows is on in Pro by default, but off in Home.
> Hope this helps you nderstand the differences better: do you use any or
> of the benefits of Pro?
> "Stuart Livingston" wrote:
>> Did not see this message , so I resent it.
>> > Stu
>> > "Stuart Livingston" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:...
>> >> Hello
>> >> The other day someone asked me why I have XP Pro. I have it because I
>> >> wanted it, but could not supply the person with a real answer.I always
>> >> have a tendency to go for stuff with a lot of bells and whistles.
>> >> I really want to give that person a real answer. What does XP pro give
>> >> one.?
>> >> Thanks
>> >> Stu