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    XP Pro or Home?

    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.

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

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    Quote 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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    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: [-*---------]
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    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
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    Quote 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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    XP pro I second that I cannot believe they even made home edition

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    I assume you can use minlogon for both Home or Pro?
    You know you want to...Worklog
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    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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    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.

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