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