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Posted on 2007-03-27
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I am evaluating new management software for my office.  Two of the vendors will not allow their software to run on Windows XP Home.  The will only allow it to load on XP Pro.  They say that XP Home is subject to random network connection disconnects and has "other" networking problems.  Is this correct and if so can anyone explain in more detail how to duplicate this problem?
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Well, the bottom line is that WinXP Home isn't really designed to be utilized in a network environment.  It can't take advantage of "Offline Files & Folders," Remote Desktop, etc.

Take a look at some of the major differences between WinXP Home and Pro here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/choosing2.mspx
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I have seen that link but I need to know if XP Home is any more succeptable to network interruptions than XP Pro.  I am using both systems and have not noticed any difference in the mapped network drives behavior.  However, two of the vendors I am considering using say XP Home has connection interruption problems and are insisting that I update all machines to XP Pro to prevent this even though I am not having problems.  I would like documented proof that they either are correct or are wanting to put me through unnecessary upgrading for me to be able to use their product.
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Interesting.  It's possible that they are referring to problems that are somewhat similar to this scenario.  It's a relatively common problem on a Windows domain:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;297684
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