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    XP Home or Pro

    My new system is running in the activation period at the moment and I have my OS funds ready to spend, but whats the difference Pro and Home?

    Im going to buy OEM and its a £40 price difference between the two, but all the pro desription says on the website is its more reliable, secure and stable, and that just sounds like generic salesman speak when they have nothing to say.

    Any advice ?

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    Pro includes dual processor support and has advanced networking options. Not alot else that i can think of....So unless you have a dually system mate or run a large network which you need to administer......i'd save the money and get home edition.

    Of course thats craptastic sales speak - they are equally (un)reliable and both supremely (un)secure. They just want more money out of the elite with dual cpu's

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    *Cough* Err, none of that in 'ere please lads!

    I'd say save your money and get the Home edition. Same reasons as above, Pro is only for Pro's really...
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    Cheers, means I can put the money I save toward another stick of 512 DDR

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    yeah i've got pro on my dually system so i ran it on my normal system too, but i dont believe it makes a difference unless you need >1 cpu or domain supporgt
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    pro includes dual processor support, the ability to log onto a windows domain, and slightly more advanced recovery options. it also includes a single-client remote desktop server.

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    I much prefer Pro to Home, though if you've not used either before and have no real requirements for the features pro provides - save your £££ and go with home.
    Quote Originally Posted by funnelhead
    they are equally (un)reliable and both supremely (un)secure.
    I think you'll find XP is very reliable and while it certainly has it share of unnecessary security issues, the people that use the computers are no help.
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    LOL... Sorry, mine got edited for telling them not to talk about naughty software and left the quote in! Dumbass!

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    I'd say what ever you do, go for a retail version rather than OEM. Far less hassle when you upgrade your PC.

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    Microsoft can't actually refuse activation on OEM copies of Windows you upgrade. As long as you comply with the OEM System Builder License when you use OEM apps, and are aware of the limitations (no tech support) they add up to the same thing. The crux of the license is:

    *Anyone acquiring Microsoft OEM software/hardware agrees to act as a system builder. A "system builder" is defined as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), assembler, re-assembler, or installer of software on computer systems. Whether you acquire Microsoft OEM software and hardware in System Builder Packs (e.g., 3-packs or 30-packs) or as individual units (only desktop operating systems and OEM hardware may be distributed singly in accordance with the License), you agree to abide by the terms of the License.
    *Desktop operating system software and OEM hardware may be distributed with a fully-assembled computer system or a non-peripheral hardware component. Desktop operating system software distributed with a fully-assembled computer system must be preinstalled. Application (Office, etc) and Server software must be distributed ONLY with a fully-assembled computer system, which must consist of at least a central processing unit, motherboard, hard drive, power supply, and a case. A non-peripheral hardware component is any component that is essential to running a computer system, such as memory, internal drives, mouse, power supply.
    *When distributing any OEM software or hardware, the system builder must distribute all of the components included with the individual unit, including, but not limited to, media (hologram CD), manual, Certificates of Authenticity (COA) and End-User License Agreement. The COA label for desktop operating systems must be affixed to the PC case.
    *The End-User License Agreement (EULA) is between the system builder and the end-user. The system builder that installs the software provides the end-user support.

    A lot of this sounds like it doesn't apply to an average user installing Windows OEM to save a few quid, but as it stands those are the licensing terms under which you bought your software.

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    I dont think upgrading would be a problem. My OEM copy cost £65 where as an uipgrade from 98 to xp comes in at £75, so when the time comes when xp is old, I think another OEM copy should do the job nicely OEM prices to change a lot though I noticed, I think I got a pretty good price on mine...

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    yeah - I have XP pro (acquired)

    - the only thing I've hear is that networking between Xp home and win98 etc is a pain!! (although can be done)

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    i got my OEM for £89.50 :/

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    the oem prices are up and down, the first time I was going to order it and stopped it was a higher price then my dad had paid for a copy the week before.... glad I waited, shame its not been delivered yet.... damn snow

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