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XP Pro needed for dual -cores??

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by rik, 25 Feb 2006.

  1. rik


    Joined: 20 Aug 2004

    Posts: 24

    Mebbe wrong forum so apologies.
    Do you need XP Pro or 64 to run a dual core chip properly?
    Nowhere seems to state this clearly and I will be spending ££ soon, so any help appreciated
  2. Digital Punk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Aug 2004

    Posts: 1,978

    Location: In a bar, gettin' ******

    Windows 2000 Pro, XP Home or Pro 32bit and XP Pro 64bit can all be used with dual core cpu's.
  3. FrankJH


    Joined: 6 Jun 2005

    Posts: 22,499

    DP is correct - but I personally wouldnt touch "Home" with a barge pole

    XP Pro would be the best, it will be supported for some time to come ( where 2000 isnt) and XP 64 isnt quite there yet, in my opinion anyway - from extensive reading i have done
  4. p4radox


    Joined: 1 Oct 2004

    Posts: 10,767

    Location: Prague

    Nothing wrong with XP Home. It's fine for pretty much everyone unless you want the extra networking options etc. What aspect of home would you not touch with a bargepole?
  5. Corasik


    Joined: 5 Jan 2003

    Posts: 5,002

    Location: West Midlands

    Slipstream the right 10 or so files from an XP pro disk, into XP home, and bobs your uncle, you have Pro anyway.

    XP Home just has a few features 'disabled', primarily to do with network security. XP Home will only work on a single CPU as well, although multi core, CPU's are correctly detected, and function perfectly, as the XP Home license is 'per socket' not per core.

    IE A dual core, Hyperthreading P4D-EE will give 4 virtual cores on XP Home, no problem.

    The only 'problem' with Home, is you cant buy a 64bit XP Home.