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What are the differences between windows XP-Home & XP Professional ?


What are the differences between windows XP-Home & XP Professional ?



This question was answered on February 14, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The Home and Professional editions of Windows XP are nearly identical; the only differences are additional features found in the Professional edition that most likely won't appeal to home users The primary differences, aside from the price and the color of the packaging, are as follows:

Windows XP Home Edition

Contains basic support for security among multiple users

Built-in support for peer-to-peer networking, but only for up to five computers

The backup utlity is not installed by default, but is included on the CD

Windows XP Professional Edition

Includes extended support for security between multiple users on the same machine

Better support for peer-to-peer networking, plus support for joining a "Windows NT domain."

The backup utlity is installed by default

The Professional edition includes the following components not found in the Home edition:

Administrative Tools (in the Start Menu and Control Panel)

Automated System Recovery (ASR)

Boot Configuration Manager


Group Policy Refresh Utility

Multi-lingual User Interface (MUI) add-on

NTFS Encryption Utilitiy

Offline Files and Folders


Performance Log Manager

Remote Desktop

Scheduled Tasks Console

Security Template Utility



Telnet Administrator

Provides support for multi-processor systems (2 or 4 CPUs), Dynamic Disks, Fax

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Posted by Ileen of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 14, 2003