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    Windows XP 'Home' and domain networking

    I've added a Windows XP machine to an SBS 4.5 network (NT4) that also has Windows 98 and a Windows 2000 machine. Having problems with the new XP machine staying logged on. Every time a user of the XP machine tries to access a network resource, he has to enter user ID and password.

    The supplier, a major UK supplier (Evesham.com) now tells me that a 'home' xp machine shouldn't be used on domain networking. But every version of Windows from 3.11 up has worked fine with domain networking, and I looked carefully at the MS Windows requirements before purchase, and couldn't see anything that would stop me from using an XP 'home' machine on a domain - from what I read, I didn't need the perceived 'Professional' benefits on this new workstation.

    Is there an FAQ somewhere about the problems of using XP Home on a domain network? The vendor hasn't a clue, they simply said 'not recommended' but the support techies didn't sound very clued up about it. In bringing the 'home' and NT code bases together in XP, have they paradoxically stopped the two versions from effectively co-existing on networks?

    I'd be very grateful to find an authoritative summary on
    a) what's impossible for me to accomplish, and
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    Re: Windows XP 'Home' and domain networking

    Windows XP Home Edition can NOT be connected to a domain type network. Check out the MS Windows XP web page and that is one of the first things that is different between Home and Pro. Windows XP <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/choosing2.asp> Comparsion</A>

    Also check with MS ( you must call them), they have a upgrade for those whose buy a machine with Home installed but require Pro.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows XP 'Home' and domain networking

    i guess you missed this page: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/choosing2.asp>http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/ho...y/choosing2.asp</A> when doing your research. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    home can't logon to domains. the ability was removed in part to enable them to offer it to home users at a lower cost - otherwise all businesses would buy the home version to save money. or home users would be forced to pay the higher pro price for features they don't need.

    home also lacks the ability to encrypt files and apply permissions as per win2k.

    there is no workaround - you either continue to enter the passowrd or you upgrade to pro.

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    Re: Windows XP 'Home' and domain networking

    Thanks for your fast reply, both MaryJ and Dave. However, I did already see the pages you mentioned - I saw them and presumably didn't understand them! None of the features missing from XP Home seemed necessary to me.

    And in many ways still don't. Being a small business, we really don't need many/most of the facilities listed on it. For instance, access control, centralised administration, group policy, roaming user profiles, file encryption, remote administration, user permissions -- none of these do we use or need.

    As a small business we all work off each others' computer, we don't use passwords (those pesky asterisks), we have one single password, made of metal, that fits in the office door (it's called a front door key, and everyone has a cooy) and setting up network management is more trouble than it's worth. We use MS Proxy server for joint internet access (this was set up before Win98SE's shared internet access came on the scene) and MS Exchange 5.5, and we only tend to log in under our own names on another's computer when we want to check our own email on Outlook.

    Experienced 'networkies' might be aghast, but our NT network has got along fine for over 3 years without all these faciliies. For example, everyone on our network has access to the root hard disk on every other workstation, but they don't know how to do any harm anyway, and it makes maintenance for me a lot easier.

    Every version of Windows since 95 has supported our network without fuss. Until now, it seems. If that's the case, I feel stuffed by Microsoft. It you are right, looks like I'll have to do a combination of begging and complaining to my dealer, because I never imagined that in some way XP would be *less* enabled than all its predecessors!

    Best regds
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    Re: Windows XP 'Home' and domain networking

    One comment on sharing the roots - when iloveyou made the rounds, more than a few businesses regretted having too many open shares like that. It only took one workstation to wipe out files on all the open shares...

    in any event - you can still work like this - but will need pro - or log into resources as needed. You can also rollback to an earlier version.

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