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XP Home or Pro

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by cerebros, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. cerebros

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    Is there any advantage to going XP Pro rather than home? Since I'm predominantly going to be image (and possibly video) editing, more than I am gaming, would Pro give me any extra stability, or are both pretty much the same?

    thanks
     
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    Can't think of any advantage that pro would give you - its forte seems to be networking better than the home edition.
     
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    Is that corporate networking, or networking in general? Reason I ask is that I've had a devil of a time trying to get my current PC (running Win2k) and my girlfriend's PC (running Win ME) talking. I managed to get a folder set up on my gf's PC that I could access from my PC, but couldn't get her PC to access anything on mine, despite having set my PC to share the relevant folders.
     
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    Corporate, mainly.
    Interesting article here
     
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    I use both.
    Home on my wifes PC and Pro on mine.
    I feel that pro has more access to files and settings therefore making it more "hardcore".
    Home feels "light" even if it does start up faster than Pro.

    Ive also heard that only Pro supports Hyper threading in P4's.
     
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    I use XP Home and the Hyper Threading works fine. Two processors show up in the device manager. Don't quite know what difference it makes, but there you go.
     
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    Yeah, I thought as much. Just rumours i guess.

    Still, pro does have more functions and is more complicated than home. It might be more efficient as ive noticed that my wifes PC tends to crash more than mine.
    Nothing serious, usualy a restart solves any problems, but thats something I dont have to bother doing on Pro. I think its more stable basicaly.
     
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    you have to create a user on the XP machine and your GF has to log-on to the ME machine using that user & password - or else map a drive with different credentials.

    OH and BTW: dump ME it's the worse o/s ever! EVER!
     
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    xp has the ability to join pc's to domains. home doesn't
    xp has remote desktop capability, home doesn't

    for the average user there's no benefit to Pro.

    as for your networking problems cerebros. If you are using NTFS on your windows 2000 pc, the ME pc won't have a hope of accessing it's files.
     
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    I'm afraid that's not true!

    It actually does not make a difference (it does not even require a different setup!) - windows file systems will talk to any other over TCP/IP !
     
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    It shouldn't matter what file system i use if i set up shared directories - I couldn't even get my CD drives to share accross the network!
     
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    Actually the gf's machine recognised and worked perfectly with my DVD-RAM drive, while under the supposedly superior Win2k, any writes to DVD-R or RW fail part way through... :mad: Changed drives, updated drivers, and still worked fine under ME but not Win2k...

    Anyway, the gf is also getting a new machine soon, so her PC is going to become a linux server for hosting my website
     
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    i always thought the ntfs permissions on the folders were not capable of being read by OS's below windows 2000. We always had this problem at work back when we had a win98/2000 network.
     
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    They cannot read a HD directly with NTFS, but they should be able to read via the network as the PC they connect to reads the HD for them.
     
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    Win95/98/me will not directly read an NTFS partition if you connect an NTFS formatted drive in that PC! but over network it's a different story. As for the 'permissions' if they're correctly setup a win9x client will have access to a folder on an XP (2000) machine with any file system.

    It's not win2k's fault on that DVD-RAM issue. What drive is it? Internal? Are you getting buffer-underrun errors? Is the device you're using as source (other CD or Hard-Disk) on a differnent IDE cable? Lot's of other things!
     
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    It's internal Panasonic (L521 if memory sevres correctly), and it was tried on every possible position on every IDE cable I've got (which was a real pain considering I've got 3 other drives it has to share with).

    Wasn't buffer underun problems as the drive is BURN proof.
     

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