View Full Version : XP SP2 - the great leveller?

04-08-2005, 18:50:16
I've been told that pretty much any official XP disk + Service Pack 2 gives pretty much the same end result.

So an XP Pro + SP2 machine will be able to run just the same software as a machine with an OEM XP Home install + SP2.

Is this right? I appreciate that some machines would have different starting driver sets/versions of DirectX, and that Pro has a few extra Networking tools for administration. Some would need a few extra bits to have maximum compatibilty - for instance different versions of Media Player.

But the end result is a current 32 bit operating flavour of Windows, yes?

05-08-2005, 13:54:09
Yes, No, No, Yes, Yes, No, Yes, Yes.

06-08-2005, 17:04:02
Originally posted by Nav
Yes, No, No, Yes, Yes, No, Yes, Yes.

I take it you mean an XP Home OEM install with SP2 wouldn't run the same software as XP Pro with SP2?

Why not?

Also, you mean their are differences in the result apart from the extra networking tools in Pro? What are they then?

None binary answers please. Just plain English. :cry:

06-08-2005, 17:53:12
Sorry that was more of a pity post than a serious response. :D

I'm not an expert but SP2 is an upgrade to the whole OS so I assume changes should be the same whether its XP Home or Pro.

No longer Trippin
08-08-2005, 18:37:37
If your asking if your going to get the features of Pro, no. There is no difference in Home or Pro other than added networking options.

10-08-2005, 17:47:56
I've got Pro anyway - but I've got to support people who have Home.

Thanks very much for the replies. :)