Windows XP Home or Windows XP Pro?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by iJawn108, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. iJawn108 macrumors 65816

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    I am finally going to intall windows on my macbook via bootcamp.

    My question is, is xp pro that much more stable than home and worth the extra $100?

    I just plan on using it for a handful of games, and for the most part just for fun. :D

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  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    XP Pro has better networking support, and it also is more customisable, the other major advantage is that it will be supported for at least the next 7 years, whereas Home will only be supported for 2 years, and at that point may not receive any Home Ed specific updates.

    In terms of performance/stability home will be just as good.
     
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  4. balamw Moderator

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    Either would, do but if you can wait until Feb, just get Vista.

    Mainstream support for both versions of XP will end 2 years after the release of Vista. The extra 5 years planned for Pro are "extended support" only where only the most critical issues are fixed.

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  5. ipaqowner macrumors member

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    In what way?
    Examples?
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    Dunno if that's what he had in mind, but you have much finer control of access controls in Pro than in Home.

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  7. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Yep, something like that.
     
  8. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Also home only supports one processor for a total of 2 cores. This only matters if you have a mac pro. :D
     
  9. ipaqowner macrumors member

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    I'm running XP Home on a core duo MacBook Pro...so you're saying I'm not getting the benefits of the duo core?
     
  10. balamw Moderator

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    No. You get the full performance of the dual core for one processor, not two (as in the quad core Mac Pro).

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