XP Home VS. XP Pro (for HTPC)

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  1. AllenD

    AllenD Second Unit

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    My main reason for jumping on the XP bandwagon is to add a MyHD MDP-100 HD recorder. (ME has to go!) Don't know what advantages the Pro has over the Home edition so I thought I'd ask. At this point, the only difference I see between the two is the price tag. :b
     
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    Pro will allow you to logon to an NT or Win2k domain. Usually for business (networked purpose). Home will not allow you to do this. Hence the higher price tag aimed at business useage.
     
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    Go here for a comparison:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/whichxp.asp
    I use the pro version primarily for the remote access and multi CPU. Encryption is also a feature I may use, though I think it will be a while (if ever) before I give up DriveCrypt.
     
  4. AllenD

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    Thanks Mikey, and Greg for the link. I've decided on the home version. Greg's
    link asks the following questions:
    Q1. Do you want to remotely access your computer so you can work with all your data and applications while away from your desk?
    A: No. My HTPC is not even on-line. The most I've used the home PC for work is creating spread sheets, presentations and such.
    Q2. Do you connect to a large network?
    A: Obviously, no. I don't plan on networking other PCs in my home either.
    Q3. Do you need to protect sensitive data in files and folders that are stored on your computer?
    A: I can easily back-up files w/my CDR-W. Unless XP Pro has features I'm not familiar with.
    Q4. Do you need the ability to completely restore your system in the event of a catastrophic failure?
    A: No, but I'm crossing my fingers. I know XP Home has a system restore feature that should suffice.
    Q5. Would you consider yourself a "power user"?
    A: HMMM...not really. I don't tweak beyond updating drivers and software. Once the HTPC is up and running I usually leave it alone. It'll be used for time-shifting, scaling DVD, and as a juke box. I don't think that falls under the "power user" category.
     
  5. Steven K

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    Home doesn't have support for NTFS; Pro does.
     
  6. AndyDL

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    Uhh, XP Home runs NTFS fine. I'm off of an NTFS partition right now.

    Andy
     
  7. Wayne Bundrick

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    XP Home does do NTFS.
     

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