While I hate to disagree with some of our member here - I do have some different opinions on all this.
First, I believe that the core of XPPro and XPHome are the same - with some subtle differences coded into them based on the market that they are directed at.
If you're not deeply interested in using major networking procedures - there's no need for XPPro (even though I've got it on my systems - because I'm obsessed with having everything even if I don't use it). There are some uses for it - but most can be overcome by free 3rd part utilities that are freely available on the web. So, I recommend XPHome unless you've got a reason to want XPPro.
At my wife's office she has one XPPro machine (the file server), and the other 4 computers that connect to the network are all XPHome. And everything works just fine (most of the network administration and maintenance is done on one of the XPHome systems).
As for the logon - you can go to Start...Run...and type in "control userpasswords2" (without the quotes) and press Enter.
In the screen that comes up, uncheck the box that says "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer." - then click on OK and you're done. At the next reboot, the system will automatically logon to the default account.
The color issues are, as Enthusiast says, most likely the result of a missing video driver. Installing the appropriate one should fix it up immediately.
Edited by usasma, 19 January 2006 - 03:06 PM.
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