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XP Pro's only real benefit over Home edition is the ability to log into an NT/2000/2003 Domain. This is pathetic because even Windows 98 came with the ability to login to domains. I've also noticed pro has a few extra tools the troubleshoot networking (can't think of any off the top of my head) which doesn't amount to much, and tends to have less wizards (but there are still 5,000 that come up automatically).
I think pro also has dual CPU support whereas home edition has support for only one. Not a big deal as mutiple CPU's are a waste on 99.999% of desktop/gaming PCs. No games I know of are coded to take advantage of it.
The only difference is what is stated above and some better options in the Adminstrative Tools section and under Manage Computer when you right-click on My Computer. Also you get some additional software packages shipped on the CD (like additional plugins for IIS and the such).
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