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Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by zarley, May 21, 2008.
Please advise. Is thsi a good price?
It works. Price isn't too bad. I would go with Windows XP Professional but thats my personal taste.
Whats the diff? All I want is to be able to play games...is Pro safer? Better?
Professional offers absolutely no benefits over Home if you only have 1 processor. Its a total waste of money without a mac pro. It does offer some extra networking options too, but they are only for large networks in a business setting, for home use it would be impossible to make use of those advanced features.
If you just want to play games, XP Home will work. Some of the difference with XP Pro is that Home will only recognize one CPU. So if you have Mac with Intel Core Duo or better, Home will only see one core while Pro will see both. Pro also has better integration with the Windows Server environment, but if you are using this at home, it probably isn't need. Games should not be a problem as XP home was designed as the consumer end to play games.
The limit with processors in XP Home isn't with the amount of cores on a single CPU. It's with the amount of CPUs that's in the computer.
For instance, the Mac Pro has 2 physical CPUs. There's two sockets on the motherboard, and two physical CPUs that goes in each one. So you would need XP Pro to use both of them. If you don't have two physical processors, then XP Home is fine. XP home has no problems recognizing multiple cores on a single CPU.
It's a bit tricky to describe in words, so hopefully you'll understand what I'm saying.