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The Difference Between Home Edition and XP Professional

Microsoft makes the sweeping generalization that business users should use XP Professional, whereas home users should buy the XP Home Edition. In many cases that's true, but not always—for example, small office or home office users might not need the extra features of the Professional Edition, and so won't want to pay the extra $100 or so it costs compared to the Home Edition. And home users who want the extra features, such as security extras, might want to fork over the extra money for the Professional Edition.

The core of both operating systems is the same—they have the same interface, the same software powering them both. However, the Professional Edition comes with a number of extras that make it worthwhile not only for many business users, but for some “power home users” as well. These extras include security, computer administration, networking, remote access, and more.


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