Differences between the XP Home and Professional Edition !
Windows XP is based on Windows NT4 and Windows 2000 technology.
Microsoft is positioning the Windows XP Professional Edition to replace Windows NT4 and
Windows 2000 Professional. In addition, the Windows XP Home edition will be replacing
But do NOT expect to receive full Window NT4/2000 functionality when using the XP Home Edition:
There is a substantial difference in price, and that is reflected in some reduced functionality in the
XP Home edition compared to the XP Professional Edition : features turned off !
This is NOT a complete list, I am just listing the features related to networking:
|Windows XP Home Edition||Windows XP Professional Edition|
|User management||Limited to 2 security levels,|
|Full User Management and|
|Limited to Workgroup|
network (unable to join
|Workgroup networking and|
able to join a Domain
|Security on sharing|
disks and folders
|no security, everybody|
has access to shared data
|Full security based on |
|Limit of simultaneous |
|max 5 simultaneous |
|max 10 simultaneous |
|Security of disks and |
folders (NTFS drives)
|limited Security, made|
difficult to use
|Full Disk/Folder Security based |
on User Management
|Group Policy |
|not included.||Remote Desktop Access|
|Backup Program||only included via |
The lack of the possibility to join a domain and the lack of securing a shared network resource
will prevent the use of the XP Home edition in most office networks, even in configurations where
Windows95/98/ME could be used.
More differences will be listed, once I encounter the item during my work.
Backup Program on Windows XP Home :
|The default installation of Windows|
XP Home does not include a Backup
program (as part of "Programs" /
"Accessories" / "System Tools"
If you have a copy of Windows XP Home on a Recovery CD-ROM : sorry.
|If you have a retail copy ( as sold in|
the shops) of Windows XP Home,
have a look on the CD-ROM to:
which allows to install now the