Reply 40 of 76, by DosFreak
The compatibility modes in 2K/XP are not really emulation. Sure one or two of the fixes do involve emulation but as a whole there are simply redirects not emulation.
Also XP's NTVDM Sound Emulation is not part of the compatibility modes. It's built into the NTVDM itself. Compatibility mode has nothing to do with it whatsoever.
As far as compatibility between XP Home & Pro. They are the same. EXACTLY. That's one of my gripes with XP in fact. MS made their "Pro" OS more "Home" than Pro which IMO, make XP Pro less "Pro" than 2K Pro. heh. In any case moving from XP Pro to XP Home will be a downgrade for you.