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Calling all PC-Gamer Geeks...

Got the new computer, and it's a beauty (for the most part).

Two things I want to remedy, though.

For the immediate, I'm going to be repartitioning the drive and reinstalling the OS. It's just what I do when I get a new machine. It came with XP Home Media Center. I've got the rights and media to install XP Professional. Can anybody give me reasons why I should or shouldn't pick either version?

For the soon, it came with built-in Intel graphics. This isn't that bad; it's pretty quick and I don't do much of any gaming, so I could probably live with that. However, it's analog VGA out, and I'd rather not do the d-to-a-to-d dance with my flat panel, so I'm interested in finding a good PCI-E video card with DVI out. The caveat is that this is a slim BTX machine, and has half-height slots. Can anybody suggest a half-height PCI-E card?

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johny__b
Nov. 3rd, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
From using Home and Pro on my desktop, I noticed there were little things that made Home less desirable to use.

Two of the games I installed, I had to reinstall several times. Home seems to drop DLLs more often. I'm not sure if it has more trouble with larger hard drives, but it seemed to me that I had more buggy things going on with Home.
galtine1
Nov. 3rd, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
XP Pro let's you deal with all the Corporate versions of program files better than Home. Home came with MS Werks the last time I looked, and Werks won't open Excel files and visa versa.
bovil
Nov. 3rd, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Not an issue, I've also got Office Pro XP that I can install myself. The machine came with WordPerfect, and I hate WordPerfect.
jbriggs
Nov. 3rd, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
My experience is that XP Pro is a lot more stable than XP Home. XP Home also has the software limitations that galtine1] observed.
johno
Nov. 3rd, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC)
I've found that XP home only "sees" other XP style shares on the network.

ie: C's laptop only sees my system's shares and the printer, it cannot see the Win98 shares on the old p60, the Win95 style share on the even older SnapServer or even the W2K shares of my work laptop.

jorhett
Nov. 3rd, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
XP home has crippled networking
XP Home has cripped networking. That might be fine if you really never intend to access someone's network share, but it means that there is messy hack-n-slash code throughout XP libraries that developers keep stumbling into bugs with, which is why everyone here reports that Home is less stable.

I installed Home for my mother, and it turns out we had to upgrade to Pro just to get her digital camera software to work properly. Fuji documented that it is a bug in MS's libraries...
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