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    Graphics better on XP Home or Professional?

    I've heard that graphics are better or more effeciently used on Professional. Is this just false information?? Does it really matter which one I get in terms of game playing??

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    AFAIK

    The graphics would depend on the video card and driver???

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    Allow me to suggest something here, @tt!tud3...
    How about you write down all the questions you have on a piece of paper (or even better, in a word processor), then post the entire thing every two days or so in a single thread (rather than 20 small questions every day)

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    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/p...choosing2.mspx

    This will show you the differences between Home and Professional. Didn't see any difference in video.
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    Originally posted here by Negative
    Allow me to suggest something here, @tt!tud3...
    How about you write down all the questions you have on a piece of paper (or even better, in a word processor), then post the entire thing every two days or so in a single thread (rather than 20 small questions every day)
    But Neg, that wouldn't increase his post count like it does now.........lol. At least he isn't like some were and used just the nonsense thread to build theirs.
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    Does it really matter which one I get in terms of game playing??
    If you want a windows that's better for game playing then just use win98se and put in the graphics card of choice and enjoy.
    i've always preferred to use win98se as my gaming box as it isn't a resource hog. But if all you want is all the pretty eye candy for every day things like reading email surfing the web etc then i'd say use winxp pro.

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    I do believe there is a fairly simple registry hack out there that removes many of the restrictions placed on XP Home thus making it, near as dammit, XP Pro.

    That would suggest that the systems are exactly the same with some networking features disabled in XP Home.... Thus, video is going to be much the same...
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    If you are wanting good graphics i wouold suggest looking at various reviews about the card you are looking into since different graphics cards work better with different games, as do the mobo. If you have one particular game in mind, then just find some article that uses that game as part of its bench testing and see which brands perform the best.
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    Originally posted here by Tiger Shark
    I do believe there is a fairly simple registry hack out there that removes many of the restrictions placed on XP Home thus making it, near as dammit, XP Pro.
    Tiger, do you know what that hack might be.....I wouldn't mind being able to set permissions like you can in pro, but the cost for PRO is not worth it to me.
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    I have not tried this, nor do I know if it works or whether or not it will hose up your OS so just a forewarning.

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    hack_xp_home

    Hack can upgrade XP Home to XP Pro Lite

    It does take a bit of doing but here are the steps in more accurate detail.
    1> Copy all the xp home(OEM or Upgrade) files off the disc to a local drive.
    (to get xp sp2 (download me here) slipstreamed into the oem folder I simply used a program called Nlite More about this program later.)

    2> Next I opened the "I386" folder looked for "winnt.sif" and edited it.
    Here is how I run automated installs using this file.

    [Data]
    Autopartition = 0
    MsDosInitiated = 0
    UnattendedInstall = Yes
    [Unattended]
    UnattendMode = FullUnattended
    UnattendSwitch = No
    OemPreinstall = Yes
    OemSkipEula = Yes
    FileSystem = *
    WaitForReboot = No
    NoWaitAfterTextMode = 1
    NoWaitAfterGUIMode = 1
    TargetPath = Windows
    ProgramFilesDir = "C:\Program Files"
    CommonProgramFilesDir = "C:\Program Files\Common"
    DriverSigningPolicy = Ignore
    NonDriverSigningPolicy = Ignore
    [Display] Xresolution = 1024
    Yresolution = 768
    BitsPerPel = 32
    Vrefresh = 75
    [GuiUnattended]
    EncryptedAdminPassword = No
    AdminPassword = "Whatever You Want"
    TimeZone = 010
    OEMSkipRegional = 1
    OemSkipWelcome = 1

    [Shell]
    DefaultThemesOff = Yes
    DefaultStartPanelOff = Yes

    [LicenseFilePrintData]
    AutoMode = PerServer
    AutoUsers = 20

    [Components]
    iis_common = On
    iis_inetmgr = On
    iis_pwmgr = Off
    iis_doc = Off
    iis_www = On
    Iis_www_vdir_printers = Off
    Iis_www_vdir_scripts = Off

    [UserData]
    ProductKey = "*****-*****-*****-*****-*****" ---THis will enable you to install without putting your product key in!
    ComputerName = RENAME_ME
    FullName = "Your FUllName"
    OrgName = "Your OrgName"

    [RegionalSettings]
    Language = 0409

    [Networking]
    InstallDefaultComponents = Yes

    [Identification]
    JoinWorkgroup = workgroup
    Here is the file if you want to just edit it yourself. (open in notepad only) winnt.sif .

    You can also use Nlite to automate this also.



    4>Then I edited the "setupreg.hiv" This was the most tricky part. To do this you need to open up regedit and go to
    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" Highlight it and click on file and load hive.
    Load "i386\Setupreg.hiv". regedit will ask for a name
    name it "Homekey".
    Drill down throught this key untill you find "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Homekey\ControlSet001\Services\setupdd"
    all you have to do is edit the binary key "default" and change all "01" and "02" to "00".
    Once you have done this you can save it and go back and highlight "Homekey" entry and go to file and "unload hive"
    it should ask to where and save it to "i386\Setupreg.hiv". It will ask you to overwrite the existing. Go ahead and do so.

    If you do not feel comfortable with doing this yourself you can down load my Setupreg.hiv.

    5>Now run Nlite to slipstream xp sp2 into the "I386" folder
    Nlite will also allow you to tweak your install and delete unnessasary language files as well as help files.
    Nlite will ask you to create an ISO of your new install wherever you would like it to go.

    ****With Nlite you can also disable activation!!!*** VERY KEY feature....
    Here is the WPA.DB_ that will kill activation. (right click and choose "save as")

    A great thing about Nlite is it will also include the much needed boot img and files you need to do the oem install

    Thats it.

    You now have a fully usable windows xp pro lite.

    a drawback that I have found!
    The Usermanagement software found in pro is not included.(I am looking for a way to hack this).

    Source
    cheers
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