By Ben Gottesman  |  Posted 2001-10-30 Print this article Print

?"> Home or Pro?

If you decide to upgrade, which Windows XP version should you choose, Home or Professional? For the majority of consumers, the less expensive Home Edition is fine, but if you connect your notebook PC to a home network, you may want Windows XP Professionals Offline Files and Folders, so you can access centrally stored data even when youre disconnected.

Windows XP Pro is the obvious choice for most businesses, but smaller organizations probably wont need its more granular access controls, multiprocessor support, or any other feature exclusive to this more expensive version. Telecommuters, however, will love the Remote Desktop remote-control capabilities. Of course, if you install Windows XP Home and then find you do need the features found only in Windows XP Professional, theres always the $125 Home-to-Professional Oops! upgrade.

Ben Gottesman Executive Editor Ben Gottesman is the PC Magazine executive editor overseeing feature stories on Web development and infrastructure, as well as the Solutions and Internet Professional sections. In the past, he has also been in charge of software and Internet features. Gottesman has been with PC Magazine for nearly nine years, the first seven of which were spent in PC Magazine Labs, initially as the project leader for software reviews and then as technical director. Previously, Gottesman was manager of software compatibility testing at the National Software Testing Laboratories in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

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