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Home Edition or Professional: What’s the Difference?

If you stroll through the software section of your local computer superstore, you’ll notice that Windows XP is available in two different versions. What’s the difference between Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional? One distinction is obvious: the Home Edition costs considerably less than its Professional counterpart. Does that mean that Home Edition is somehow inferior? Not at all.

At their core, both editions of Windows XP are exactly the same. Most of the basic features of the operating system—including all the new features I described earlier in this chapter—are absolutely identical, regardless of which Windows XP edition you use. As you might guess from the name, Windows XP Professional includes a few extra features that are primarily intended for use in businesses. For instance:


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