Originally Posted by WingZero2309
Correct, you wont need a key if you install it on the Dell. However, if you use the Dell OEM cd on say...a Compaq, then you will need to call up microsoft to get a key (i know this from experience...installed the dell oem xp on a compaq comp, had to call the microsoft number, i just told them i was reinstalling xp on my computer aftera complete reformat, and i got a new serial key :-D )
I'd like to know how you did this. I had a hard drive in an HP die and after I replaced it and tried to use the HP CDs, they wouldn't run because it was a different hard drive. I figured I could use the Dell installation CD since I have a legitimate OEM key for the HP. But booting to the Dell OEM CD immediately displays a message that it won't run on a non-Dell PC. I never got anywhere near anything I could have used an alternate key on.
XP Home and XP Pro use an identical kernel. XP could be technically said to be a "tweaked" 2000 kernel, but then any software that's been upgraded from a previous version without starting with an entirely new codebase could be called a "tweak" of the earlier version.
What's different between Home and Pro is some of the non-core OS features. XP Home can't join a Windows domain, but other than that I have zero problems with networking it. I use XP Home on my notebook as my work PC and have never had any problems hooking into a client network to do what I needed to. I don't have any problems at LAN parties either. XP Home also doesn't have group policy, which usually isn't a big deal. The only user account types available on XP Home are Administrator and Limited, but that's rarely a problem either. The security settings available on XP Home are very simplistic, but again it shouldn't make a difference to a home user.
Originally Posted by redmumba
Also, its odd that you can upgrade from 98/ME to XP Home, but you can't upgrade to XP Pro unless you use Windows 2000.
Huh? Upgrade Matrix Linkage