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Difference Between Windows XP home edition and XP Professional

Updated on September 22, 2011

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Difference between XP home and Pro

Microsoft Windows XP is quite well recognized name among the internet and computer users. But still there are some questions in the user’s mind regarding the difference between the two editions of Windows XP. Namely Windows XP home edition and Windows XP professional edition. In this article we will discuss difference between Windows XP home and Windows XP professional.

Home edition as it sounds is more likely for home user or may be as I say for basic user. Where as the professional edition is for the businesses and for the advance home users. Any feature available in home edition is also present in profession edition but pro contains some more advance features to cope up with the business environment.

XP pro supports multiprocessors while XP home supports only one single physical processor (but it can have any number of cores). XP home is limited to join workgroup environment only where as pro is able to join Domain.

Home also has very limited user management where you can not set any policies and you don’t have power users or backup operators group but in XP Pro you’ll have full user management, you got power users and backup operators group also Pro has group policy editor so you can set different security policies.

Windows XP home does not have any security on shared files and folder (every one has the access to shared items). In XP Pro you can set that which user is allowed or not to access your shared files and folders.

Also in NTFS folders Security XP Home has limited security where as Pro has full NTFS folder security capability and also has NTFS Encryption utility.

XP Pro also has ASR (Automated System Recovery) feature to recover your system from serious errors and after it becomes unbootable.

XP Pro has Remote Desktop Access so your friend can log in to your computer remotely and help you sort out any thing you want them to do for you as they are sitting next to you.

XP Pro also include Administrative tools, Internet Information Services, offline files and folders, TaskKill, TaskList, performance log manager, boot configuration manager and Driver Query.

There are quite difference between Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional. XP Pro is designed more for networking environment. If you are just a single person or two using a standalone pc than I recommend buying Windows XP Home(it saves more than 100$) you can get it upgraded later by using Microsoft’s less-expensive “Step-up” feature.

Hope this helps.


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      6 years ago

      i m confuse n not got the points of difference between both thanks you help me.

    • Mansoor Saeed profile imageAUTHOR

      Mansoor Saeed 

      6 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks every one for reading and support

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      6 years ago

      I didn't ever know the differences between them.

      Thanks for posting this and teaching me!

      Good stuff... welcome

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      6 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

      Good stuff... welcome to hub pages, keep hubbing. ;)

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      Narender Kumar 

      6 years ago

      Thanks to clear my doubt about win xp pro and home edition

    • Mansoor Saeed profile imageAUTHOR

      Mansoor Saeed 

      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks for your support WryLilt and Christopher.

      it feels good when you get fast comments.


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      7 years ago

      Welcome to Hubpages!

      I didn't ever know the differences between them.

      Thanks for posting this and teaching me!

      Also, I followed you,

      and could you check out my Hubs?

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      Susannah Birch 

      7 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Welcome to Hubpages!

      Thanks for the information. I'd always wondered about the differences, and although I've used both I've never explored further. A lot of what you wrote makes sense, especially about the user accounts and remote access.


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