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In this week's episode of The Computer Chronicles, we show you the features in Windows XP, both Home and Professional, and we'll explore whether it is worth the money to upgrade.
Denny Arar from PC Magazine explains what's new about Windows XP Home. She'll talk about the instant messenger applications, remote assistance and web cam tools that are now all bundled in this operating system. Arar also shows how you can customize personal settings for each user and she discusses the pros and cons of upgrading to XP.
Then, we get an overview of the Windows XP Professional edition with Rob Enderle from Giga Information Group. He says it's almost identical to the Home edition but the professional version allows for easier access to all the printers and storage areas in a heavy-duty network. Enderle goes over some of the features of the operating system such as the ability to pull information from an old machine to a new one and the ability to discover nearby wireless networks. And, if the system is crashing, XP allows you to restore the system to an earlier point where it was working. Rob says the product is a jump in security and reliability but they could have made more advances in the areas of wireless networks.
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Microsoft released Windows XP on October 25, 2001. The two most commonly used versions are:
Home Edition, which is intended to succeed the Windows 95, 98, and Me family
Professional Edition, which is intended to succeed the Windows NT and 2000 family
Microsoft has announced that it will provide security patches and updates to Windows XP until April 2014.
Differences between Home and Professional Editions:
Windows XP Home Edition :
Intended for home or small office use
User login designed for ease of use. No provision for network domain authentication; network resources must be authenticated to individually
All users by default are in the Owners group, which has unrestricted control of the computer; Owners are essentially the equivalent of Administrators in Professional. A Restricted User group does exist; users must be explicitly assigned to it. No other groups exist.
Administrative shares (hidden shares accessible to administrators over a network) do not exist, in spite of the fact that XP Home is strongly based on 2000 and XP Professional. They have been deliberately removed.
Supports only a single CPU computer.
Windows XP Professional Edition:
Intended for use in a professional environment (examples include a business office, a graphic design company, a centrally administered corporation or educational organization)
Default user login identical to XP Home Edition, but can be configured to do domain authentication like NT and 2000
All users must be assigned to one of the system's defined groups. Membership in a certain group assigns rights and permissions to that user. For example, an Administrator has unrestricted control of the computer; a Power User has many, but not all, administrative powers; a Guest has no power to change anything systemwide. The groups available are Administrator, Backup Operators, Guests, Power Users, Replicator, Users, and Debugger Users.
Administrative shares exist and are accessible in the same manner that they were in NT and 2000.
Supports up to a dual processor system; multiprocessor support available only in server editions of XP Professional