Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Minimum Requirements for the BDS

Over and over again I see questions like: do I really need Windows XP Professional to run the Borland Developer Studio 2006 (or 2005). It does say so on the packaging and the web site. I do use Windows XP Home and would like to stay with it.

While I cannot understand why one would prefer the Home edition, except being on the short side of money, I can answer the question. You can install, run, and use the Borland Developer Studio 2006 (and 2005) on your Windows XP Home edition, however, you should be aware, that you cannot use all functions of the software. Most obviously you will not be able to use the Microsoft Internet Information Server (MS IIS) support built into the Borland Developer Studio. The MS IIS is not part of Windows XP Home and cannot be installed upon it (at least officially). However, for testing purposes, Borland does deliver the Casini web server together with the Developer Studio. Most functions you can test within Casini on XP Home. So, if you do not need to worry about IIS specific development, go ahead and use the Borland Developer Studio on your Windows XP Home desktop.

Note: There may be other functions within the Borland Developer Studio 2006 (and/or 2005) that may rely on functions, that are part of Windows XP Professional, but not included in the Home edition. However, at this point I am not aware of them. Any purchasing decisions are based on your own risk ;-) Check out the trial edition first.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

I would like to add another important aspect in the differences between Xp home and XP pro: The user access right.

Many Xp home user have problem debugging or installing the software because of this.

Workaround: copy the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Borland\BDS\4.0
to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Borland\BDS\4.0
rstart the machien and it will work

4:44 PM  
Blogger Riley said...

I guess the other reason is that a lot of computers when they come with XP come with XP home, not XP pro, and the upgrade cost is around 100 pounds (or some equivelent local currency).

Ive been running 2006 since launch on XP home with no issues, but then I dont do asp with it, so I guess I may not run into any issues there.. Of course IIS isnt available in XP home either.

11:23 PM  

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