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    XP Home or Pro for Pentium 4HT machine??

    In Woody's "Windows XP All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies" he writes "If you own a computer with two CPU chips, you need to run Windows XP/Pro if you want to take advantage of both of them. Windows XP/Home only uses one chip, no matter how many chips you have installed."

    I have a computer with a Pentium 4 HT (hyper threading) chip, in other words it's a single chip machine, but the chip fools the computer into thinking it has two chips. Which version of XP do I need to take advantage of this feature? Is Home ok, or do I need Pro?

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    Re: XP Home or Pro for Pentium 4HT machine??

    Home is OK. See this MS support article: Windows XP and Hyper-Threading.

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    Re: XP Home or Pro for Pentium 4HT machine??

    The simplest answer is: "either will do".

    John

    PS the more complicated answer hinges on the essential difference between logical processors and physical CPU chips...
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    Re: XP Home or Pro for Pentium 4HT machine??

    GOOD CALL Joe !!!

    Just to add my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

    I installed XP Home on several computers over that last 4-5 years with MB having CPU's with Hyper-Threading. There seems to be no problem. One suggestion though, to help maximize performance, try to put maximum memory in the computer.

    Also a reminder - from Joe's rederence, you have to be running " ... multi-threaded applications." applications. You also need to ensure BIOS has Hyper-Threading activated.
    Scott

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    Re: XP Home or Pro for Pentium 4HT machine??

    As the owner of computers with both Home and Pro running, I would suggest Pro every time, regardless of Hyperthreading. It's all to do with security, IMHO. Under home, you only get "User" profile (can't do anything much, and forget being able to run legacy programs that need access to Program Files) or "Administrator" - and so I now have 9 year old kids with Admin rights...

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    Re: XP Home or Pro for Pentium 4HT machine??

    From a personal point - I agree with you (but I'm told I tend to be paranoid). However, many people like the Home version because it reminds them of the 9X Family they are more familiar with. Also, XP Pro can take more effort to setup correctly to utilize the security features.
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    Re: XP Home or Pro for Pentium 4HT machine??

    "Also, XP Pro can take more effort to setup correctly to utilize the security features."

    Not really unless one is into being the "Controler" and MUST lock everyone out. In general if using a "Workgroup Network" and NO limited accounts, there are NO major differences. The major factor with the PRO version is, it is required for a "Domain Network".

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

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    Re: XP Home or Pro for Pentium 4HT machine??

    I agree with your comment about Domain Network if you are using NO limited accounts, presuming you are talking about Power User and not Admin Accounts.

    The majority of home users that want XP Pro on the computer's I setup for them, want the "Control" to limit areas their Kids can not get into (Files, Subdirectories, applications, and in some cases - hardware device access).

    As for me, I guess I AM a "Controler" - at least for my main Home computer. I do not need someone getting on my computer and add applications, download who knows what, or change the Firewall/AntiVirus settings so they can "Get" something off the internet, floppy, or CD. I also work/business information that nobody else needs to have access to.

    As for the computer I am putting together for my 85 Year Old Aunt, i will add XP Pro with profiles including limited accounts to prevent "Friendly" help. When the "Friendly" help messes up the system, I am the one called to drop everything I am doing and "Fix everything". In one case, a person who should know better since she builds and install software on corporate networks, deactivated my Aunts old computers Firewall and AntiVirus program to download and display a political parody - which had a virus that infected the computer. The Firewall and AntiVirus programs were never re-activated and the virus allowed other virus to infect the computer. The automatic backups were corrupted and I was FINALLY called almost 2 MONTHS after the event.

    Yes, I can be paranoid. My comment was only to point out that XP CAN require more effort IF some of the additional XP Pro Security Features are to be setup.

    These are just my personal comments - and should be taken as such.
    Scott

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