upgrading from XP home to XP pro


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I use Solidworks and they say thet XP home "is not supported" for Solidworks. I have XP home on my computer and would consider upgrading to XP pro if not too expensive. Reason I want to do this is so I don't have to wait for 10 minutes or so for a solid model to rebuild - with the processor (Pent 4, 3.2 gig) only 50% used, and 1 gig ram only half used. I am thinking that the operating system may be the problem.
 
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Randy Harris

Brian Heard said:
I use Solidworks and they say thet XP home "is not supported" for
Solidworks. I have XP home on my computer and would consider upgrading to XP
pro if not too expensive. Reason I want to do this is so I don't have to
wait for 10 minutes or so for a solid model to rebuild - with the processor
(Pent 4, 3.2 gig) only 50% used, and 1 gig ram only half used. I am thinking
that the operating system may be the problem.

Solidworks won't run any faster on XP Pro than it does on XP home. You've
mentioned two pieces of software. XP isn't the problem.
 
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wojo

XP Pro isn't going to help. The differences are minimal.

Brian Heard said:
I use Solidworks and they say thet XP home "is not supported" for
Solidworks. I have XP home on my computer and would consider upgrading to XP
pro if not too expensive. Reason I want to do this is so I don't have to
wait for 10 minutes or so for a solid model to rebuild - with the processor
(Pent 4, 3.2 gig) only 50% used, and 1 gig ram only half used. I am thinking
that the operating system may be the problem.
 
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new2_XP

I use Solidworks and they say thet XP home "is not supported" for Solidworks. I have XP home on my computer and would consider upgrading to XP pro if not too expensive. Reason I want to do this is so I don't have to wait for 10 minutes or so for a solid model to rebuild - with the processor (Pent 4, 3.2 gig) only 50% used, and 1 gig ram only half used. I am thinking that the operating system may be the problem.
Try using an OS.
GUI's just do not cut it.
Check my experience with doing the above in:

Re: LAN and Internet in XP Pro_Modem giving 651 error+NIC
giving out [no valid address]

....methinks you as well would be opening a Pandoras Box,
literally !
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

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Brian Heard said:
I use Solidworks and they say thet XP home "is not supported" for
Solidworks. I have XP home on my computer and would consider
upgrading to XP pro if not too expensive. Reason I want to do this is
so I don't have to wait for 10 minutes or so for a solid model to
rebuild - with the processor (Pent 4, 3.2 gig) only 50% used, and 1
gig ram only half used. I am thinking that the operating system may
be the problem.

Almost certainly, that's not the problem. XP Professional and XP
Home are exactly the same in all respects, except that
Professional has a few features (mostly related to networking and
security) missing from Home. For most (but not all) home users,
these features aren't needed, would never be used, and buying
Professional instead of Home is a waste of money.

Although I'm not personally familiar with Solidworks, there's no
reason to expect a difference in performance, or any other
difference, in running any application program.
 
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Alex Nichol

Brian said:
I use Solidworks and they say thet XP home "is not supported" for Solidworks. I have XP home on my computer and would consider upgrading to XP pro if not too expensive. Reason I want to do this is so I don't have to wait for 10 minutes or so for a solid model to rebuild - with the processor (Pent 4, 3.2 gig) only 50% used, and 1 gig ram only half used. I am thinking that the operating system may be the problem.

XP Home will use a hyperthreaded CPU on just the same terms as Pro. If
you are only using half for the program it is because the program is not
written to 'multi-thread' two processors, which is very likely - few
multithreaded programs are yet available. Pro comes in if you have a
motherboard with two separate physical CPU chips.

And I do not understand 'using only half' of 1 GB RAM. The use of RAM
in Home and Pro is exactly the same: again if the program is only using
half it is because it is written that way. Going to XP Pro is *not*
your answer, and there is nothing in Pro that would be needed - it
sounds to me as if their Tech support (as so common in Tech support)
does not know what it is talking about
 
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wojo

XP Home isn't supported IE: XP Pro probably isn't either. Is it by chance a
Win9x program?

Brian Heard said:
I use Solidworks and they say thet XP home "is not supported" for
Solidworks. I have XP home on my computer and would consider upgrading to XP
pro if not too expensive. Reason I want to do this is so I don't have to
wait for 10 minutes or so for a solid model to rebuild - with the processor
(Pent 4, 3.2 gig) only 50% used, and 1 gig ram only half used. I am thinking
that the operating system may be the problem.
 

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