|"An opinion is what you have when you don't have any facts. When you have the facts, you don't need an opinion." -David Gerrold|
Let's start with the list of features that Pro has over Home:
|Remote Desktop – remotely access your Windows XP Professional PC, from another Windows PC
Offline Files and Folders - access to files & folders on a network share when disconnected from the server.
Scalable processor support – up to two-way multi-processor support.
Encrypting File System
Access Control – restrict access to selected files, applications, and other resources.
Centralized administration - join Windows XP Professional systems to a Windows Server domain to take advantage of the full range of powerful management and security tools.
Group Policy - simplifies the administration of groups of users or computers.
Software Installation and Maintenance – automatically install, configure, repair, or remove software applications.
Roaming User Profiles - access to all your documents and settings no matter where you log on.
Remote Installation Service (RIS) – support for remote operating system installations where desktops can be installed across the network.
Multi-lingual User Interface (MUI) add-on - change the user interface language to get localized dialog boxes, menus, help files, dictionaries, and proofing tools etc.
Three items of note about this list:
1. Nothing on the list has anything to do with performance, and in fact, several will degrade it.
2. Almost nothing on the list has anything to do with a single computer who's only networking function is connecting to the Internet.
3. You can't install just what you need from the list: You have to take ALL of it and all of the associated bloat and overhead. If you just need one or two of those things, they can probably be accomplished with 3rd party software that has less overhead and does a better job anyway.
I am not trying to say that nobody could possibly need XP Pro, but I am saying that the majority of home users and gamers who think they do, don't, and will unknowingly be shooting themselves in the foot performance-wise if they install it.
The bottom line is, XP Pro is not "better" than XP Home, and for most people it just introduces MORE BLOAT AND OVERHEAD to their systems.... the very thing everyone is always talking about reducing!
Base your choice on the facts, not hype.