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Chapter 1. Getting Started with Windows ... > Using Windows XP Home or Professiona...

Using Windows XP Home or Professional

Windows XP comes in five editions: the Home Edition for consumers; the Professional Edition for business and power users; the Media Center Edition for Media Center PCs with a focus on home entertainment; the Tablet Edition for Tablet PCs; and a 64-bit version for Intel Itanium processor-based systems, called Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. The Home Edition and the Media Center Edition are a subset of the Professional Edition. In other words, the Home and Media Center Editions contain all the same features contained in the Professional Edition. However, the Professional Edition contains additional features that are geared toward the business world. The Windows XP Tablet PC Edition expands on Windows XP Professional, providing additional capabilities for notebook computers. Each edition allows users to install either an upgrade version for those who already have Windows 98 or later installed on their computers, or a full version for those who have Windows 95 or Windows NT 3.51 or earlier, or no operating system installed on their computers.

Windows XP Professional features not found in the Home Edition

Slightly different user interface

Windows XP Professional comes with a few user interface default settings that are different from those in Windows XP Home.


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