Dec 29, 2009

What are the differences between using a domain or a workgroup in Windows XP

Windows XP Professional operates and looks different depending on whether you're a member of a domain or a workgroup. This table provides an overview of the main differences.
Windows XP functions
On a domain
In a workgroup
NETWORKING


Part of a local area network (LAN)
YES

Part of a peer–to–peer network (for small businesses)

YES
Part of a home network

YES
Computer account required
YES

GENERAL OPTIONS


“Welcome” screen available

YES
Fast User Switching available

YES
Password Backup and Restore Wizard available

YES
New and classic Windows desktops available
YES
YES
Guest account automatically included

YES
Internet and e–mail access
YES
YES

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