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    Hi

    Pretty fundamental question really. I have looked through the FAQs but not found an answer. I've always used Windows 2000 previously, but I think XP looks like it should be more useful in a car-pc. But should I buy Windows XP Professional or Home Edition?
    I have a SP13000 1Gb RAM 40Gb HDD and Xenarc 800x480 USB Touchscreen, and I want to run MP3 player, some Sat-Nav software, Reversing Camera, OBD-II stuff and a few other things.

    Would appreciate your opinion.

    Richard.
    Trying to fit a PC into an Alfa Romeo GTV. It's installed, but the buttons have fallen off since.

  • #2
    home sux... get pro.
    Carputer status: [-*---------]
    Im thinking laptop...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by shizzle
      home sux... get pro.
      thanks for your reply, but what am I missing with home that I get with Pro?

      Looking at this MS page
      Windows XP Home Edition Comparison Guide the only thing that sounds relevant is encryption (in case the PC/car is stolen).
      Trying to fit a PC into an Alfa Romeo GTV. It's installed, but the buttons have fallen off since.

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      • #4
        For one the spell checker has to be downloaded separately.... but that doesnt cocern me. I can spel just perfictly!
        There are a lot of differences, it is up to you if they are worth the price.
        Carputer status: [-*---------]
        Im thinking laptop...

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        • #5
          In Pro and not Home:
          Remote Desktop
          Offline files and folders
          SMP (2 or more processors ( limit 2 to pro tho))
          Encrypting file system
          ACL (windows access control)
          Centralizsed Administration
          Group Policy
          Automatic install, repair, ect of applications (applys to domains)
          Roming User Profiles ( Domain again)
          Remote Installation of Windows (i guess thats not really a feature once its installed :0
          MUI crap
          Also not metioned by MS themselves 0> ability to join a domain =/

          hah, can you believe MS actuatually labled multitasking a feature =) i guess they wanted to be sure not to be confused with their dos days :0
          Crouching Tiger, Drunken Kitty

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cheerio
            In Pro and not Home:
            Also not metioned by MS themselves 0> ability to join a domain =/
            I'm very glad I asked. I will need to join my PC to my domain. Pro it is.

            Thanks.
            Trying to fit a PC into an Alfa Romeo GTV. It's installed, but the buttons have fallen off since.

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            • #7
              XP pro I second that I cannot believe they even made home edition

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              • #8
                I assume you can use minlogon for both Home or Pro?
                You know you want to...Worklog
                Enjoying v1.0 since it's operational. Aaaawww yeah.
                Specs: Opus120; Epia M10k; 700IDT; GlobalSat BR-355; iGuidance 2.1 & IGMod; XM; Custom case.
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                • #9
                  I dont understand that at all. There are only three reasons to want Pro over Home:

                  1. Be a memebr of a network domain
                  2. Multiple processor support
                  3. File permissions (ACL)

                  None of these 3 you need so Pro is just a waste of money.

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                  • #10
                    Remote desktop is a must for me, I am much more comfortable performing maintenance on my carPC from the comfort of my desk.

                    Offline files could be useful (if it worked better).

                    And of course, Pro exposes a lot more settings, allowing for better tweaking.

                    |V1 Virtual Display|

                    Hard work often pays off over time, laziness always pays off right now.

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