Most home users (and many office users) can get by fine on XP home. The things that would potentially cause problems.
Need to join a network domain?
Need multi-processor support? (not just hyperthreading)
Need to use the encrypted file system?
Need to allow remote desktop access from other locations to the box?
If you need any of those things, then you should go to pro. Otherwise, home should work fine.
I think I’ve seen some software that said it required XP pro … but can’t think of what it was. It very well could have been an inaccurate requirement, though - check the software the user wants to run to see if any such requirement makes their decision for them.
I have XP home on my machine at work (was preloaded) and have no problems running Blender, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.
I’ll be moving it to XP Pro soon, as I want to be able to access remote desktop through the VPN (when I work from home) and other solutions like VNC are just too slow in comparison.
So are you
BTW thanks for the link the first one really made the decision for me. Should have been a bit care full but I was just hoping to ask from experienced users here.
Thanks, your comments are precise and ‘exactly’ what I was looking for.
Its stange they (Xp and Pro) are inside the same disk and infact there was a recent article about hacking the WinXp home CD and making it into a professional verson. Indeed M$ has his wicked ways.
BTW I myself use only Linux for my work.