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Microsoft<sup>®</sup>  Windows<sup>®</sup>  XP


With improved reliability, security, mobility, and ease of use features, Microsoft Windows XP offers both business users and consumers increased productivity and value. Windows XP is the convergence of business and consumer operating systems and combines the dependability of Microsoft Windows 2000 with the ease of use of Windows Millennium.

Microsoft Windows XP Product Information

Microsoft Windows XP Home EditionWindows XP Home Edition is designed to meet the needs of individual users and users with small home networks. Windows XP Home Edition allows users to make the most of their computing experience while enjoying the security and reliability previously only available in business class operating systems. Learn more about Windows XP HomeExternal linkMicrosoft Windows XP Professional EditionWindows XP Professional contains all the features of Windows XP Home Edition and includes additional security, remote access, performance, networking, and manageability features needed by business of all sizes and by individuals with demanding computing requirements. For small business, Windows XP Professional provides a flexible networking foundation that will grow with your business. Learn more about Windows XP ProfessionalExternal link

Which version of Microsoft Windows XP is right for me?

Confused about which version of Windows XP best meets your needs? For individual consumers or those with small home networks, Windows XP Home Edition is generally the right choice. Windows XP Home Edition helps unlock the potential of the personal computer to provide users with the best of the Internet and digital entertainment. Windows XP Home Edition supports home networking for up to five users to simultaneously access shared resources (e.g. internet connections, printers, shared disk drivers, etc.). Windows XP Professional contains all the features in Windows XP Home Edition plus additional features for business and power users. If your system will be part of a corporate domain and/or will be remotely managed, Windows XP Professional is the best solution.

Features available only in Windows XP Professional

  • Peer to peer networking for up to 10 simultaneous users (Windows XP Home only supports five simultaneous users)
  • Server-based networking using domain authentication and support for Active Directory
  • Remote Desktop allows you to work from virtually anywhere and access files, applications and network services from almost any computer
  • Encrypted File System (EFS) helps protect sensitive data, even if your computer is stolen
  • Support for dual processors
  • Access Control restricts access to files and folders
  • Enhanced software restriction policy allows administrators to identify software and control its ability to execute
  • Group Policies allow administrators to organize users into logical groups and assign settings (security, appearance, management options)
  • Offline Files and Folders and Synchronization Manager allow users to work on documents while disconnected from the network. Offline folders can be encrypted for protection. Document changes are replicated back to the network
  • System Preparation tool helps administrators clone configurations and applications for deployment to multiple machines
  • Remote OS installation allows Windows XP Professional to be installed across the network
  • Multilingual support allows users to create, read, and edit documents in many languages using the English language version of Windows XP Professional
  • WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) provides standard infrastructure for monitoring and managing systems

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