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    Home vs Prof (Any)

    I'm sure this has been asked and answered. Is there a post or other source that offers a down-to-earth, easy to understand comparison of Home vs Professional editions? I've found a few by doing a google search but they are not easy. Most of the search results are for books or sales, making it harder to focus on what I'm looking for.

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    Here is Microsoft's official take on this subject: Which Edition Is Right for You?

    Here is an other overview: Windows XP Home Edition vs. Professional Edition: What's the difference?.

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    Hans and Big Al,

    Thanks. The sites you pointed me to are the ones I found and saved in my google search. Since you think these are good, I'll have to reread. My first reading of them is what prompted me to post here.

    Fred

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    All those articles come down to roughly the same: are the extras in Pro essential for you?

    In a corporate network environment, XP Pro is the obvious choice. I use Pro at work.
    For the average home user, XP Home is perfectly alright. I use Home at home, and have never missed Pro features. But if you need any of the extra features outlined in the links Big Al and I posted, such as networking, file level security, IIS (Internet Information Server), then consider getting Pro.

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    Go for Pro - minimal additional cost and lots of extra features. I had Pro at work and Home at home (logical huh...) but had to upgrade to Pro at home in order to be able to dial in to work. Also any techo that I talk to groans when they hear you have home edition.

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    My feeling going forward is that any upgrade path from Pro will be simpler than from Home. It doesn't stand to logic - on the basis of trustworthy computing but that's <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> for you.
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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    BTW--

    I have a very strong prejudice toward Pro. Of course it depends on what you need to do, but if like a lot of people in the Lounge you are wanting to learn more and more about this OS, the features for security and enhancements for networking aside, you have better control of the finer tweaks in the OS because of all the management features Kaplinb listed in his post including access to the management entries of the Microsoft Management Console which I find really helpful, and you have Remote Desktop capability. It has been very well worth having Pro and I would have never done it differently.

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    Thanks for the <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> . I can use it towards the difference in price of pro over home. Seems like more people are suggesting pro.

    Fred

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    Pro is the preferred choice of many simply because the Home edition is a crippled version of Pro. However, it's important to keep in mind that the "crippled" version works just fine - it's simply missing some corporate features that you may never use. As Sir Richard said in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.....choose wisely.
    -Mark

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    Question: I am upgrading from the Home edition to Professional. In one article, It talked about a "step Up" edition from Home to Pro which may be cheaper. Would this be different from the upgrade?

    Harv

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    Yes, it requires that the Home version be installed. It was from MS only, for those who needed Pro and the OEM provided ONLY the Home version. I am not sure if it is around any more.

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

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    Thank, Dave - I have the Home edition. I assume the best product now would be the upgrade package.

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    Re: Home vs Prof (Any)

    Absolutely it would....not much more expensive than the package you referred to, and it will upgrade 98 or 2000 without requiring an OS to be installed. You will need a CD for a previous OS to prove that you own it and qualify for the upgrade, though.
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