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Windows 8 has four editions, with varying feature sets.[1]

EditionsEdit

Windows 8
Windows 8 is the basic edition of Windows for the IA-32 and x64 architectures. Documentation obtained from the ImageX tool and Paul Thurrott's book on Windows 8 also refer to this edition as "Core".[2][3] This edition contains features aimed at the home market segment and provides all of the basic new Windows 8 features including the Start screen with semantic zoom, live tiles, Windows Store, Internet Explorer 10, connected standby, Microsoft account integration, the Windows desktop and more.
Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8 Pro is comparable to Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate[4][5] and is targeted towards enthusiasts and business users; it includes all the features of Windows 8. Additional features include the ability to receive Remote Desktop connections, the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain, Encrypting File System, Hyper-V, and Virtual Hard Disk Booting, Group Policy as well as BitLocker and BitLocker To Go. Windows Media Center functionality will be available only for Windows 8 Pro as a separate software package.[6]
Windows 8 Enterprise
Windows 8 Enterprise provides all the features in Windows 8 Pro (except the ability to install the Windows Media Center add-on), with additional features to assist with IT organization (see table below).[4] This edition is available to Software Assurance customers, as well as MSDN and Technet Professional subscribers, and was released on August 16, 2012.[7]
Windows RT
Windows RT is only available pre-installed on ARM-based devices such as tablet PCs.[8] It includes touch-optimized desktop versions of the basic set of Office 2013 applications to users—Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and supports device encryption capabilities. Several business-focused features such as Group Policy and domain support are not included.
Windows RT only runs third-party WinRT software.[9] Desktop software that run on previous versions of Windows cannot be run on Windows RT.[10] According to CNET, these essential differences may raise the question of whether Windows RT is an edition of Windows: In a conversation with Mozilla, Microsoft deputy general counsel David Heiner was reported to have said Windows RT "isn't Windows anymore." Mozilla general counsel, however, dismissed the assertion on the basis that Windows RT has the same user interface, application programming interface and update mechanism.[9]

Unlike Windows Vista and Windows 7, there are no Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate editions.[11]

Regional restrictions and variationsEdit

All editions have the ability to use language packs, enabling multiple user interface languages.[5] (This functionality was previously only available in Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise.) However, in China and a small number of other emerging markets, an edition of Windows 8 without this capability will be offered.[4] In China (not including Hong Kong), a region-specific edition, Windows 8 for China, will be released, as confirmed by Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President.[12] It will be offered at relatively low price in an attempt to curb rampant software piracy in China. On emerging markets, a similar edition called Windows 8 Single Language (SL) was released as well.

Additional Windows 8 editions specially destined for European markets have the letter "N" suffixed to their names and do not include a bundled copy of Windows Media Player. Microsoft was required to create the "N" editions of Windows after the European Commission ruled in 2004 that it needed to provide a copy of Windows without Windows Media Player tied in.

Upgrade compatibilityEdit

The following in-place upgrade paths are supported from Windows 7.[4] Note that it is only possible to upgrade from an IA-32 version of Windows 7 to an IA-32 version of Windows 8; an x64 version of Windows 7 can only be upgraded to an x64 version of Windows 8. It is possible to upgrade Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista to Windows 8 Pro. The retail package entitled Windows 8 Pro Upgrade is restricted to upgrading a computer with licensed Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista or Windows 7. Finally, there is no upgrade path for Windows RT, as it is the only version of Windows that currently supports the ARM architecture.[13]

Windows 8 upgrade path[14]
Windows 7 edition Can upgrade to
Windows RT?
Can upgrade to
Windows 8?
Can upgrade to
Windows 8 Pro?
Can upgrade to
Windows 8 Enterprise?
Enterprise No No No Yes
Ultimate Yes No
Professional Yes
Home Premium Yes No
Home Basic
Starter

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Comparison chartEdit

Comparison of Windows 8 editions[4][15]
Features Windows RT Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Enterprise
Availability[16] Pre-installed on devices[8] Most channels Most channels Volume License customers
Architecture ARM (32-bit) IA-32 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) IA-32 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) IA-32 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit)
Maximum physical memory (RAM)[17] 4 GB[18] 128 GB on x64
4 GB on IA-32
512 GB on x64
4 GB on IA-32
512 GB on x64
4 GB on IA-32
Secure boot Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Picture password Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Touch and Thumb keyboard Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Language packs Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Updated File Explorer Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Standard appsTemplate:Efn Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
File History Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Refresh and reset of OS Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Play To Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Connected standby Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Windows Update Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Windows Defender Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Better multi-monitor support Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
New Windows Task Manager Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
ISO image and VHD mounting Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Mobile broadband features Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Microsoft account integration Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Internet Explorer 10 Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
SmartScreen Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Windows Store Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Xbox Live (including Xbox Live Arcade)[19][20] Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Exchange ActiveSync Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Snap Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Can connect to a VPN? Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Desktop Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Supported third-party apps[4][21] Template:Partial Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Remote Desktop Template:Partial Template:Partial Green check.svg Green check.svg
Storage Spaces 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Windows Media Player 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Device encryptionTemplate:Efn[22] Green check.svg Template:Yes2 Template:Yes2 Template:Yes2
BitLocker and EFS 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Sideload Windows Store apps[15][23] Template:PartialTemplate:Efn 20px-Dark Red x.svg Template:PartialTemplate:Efn Template:PartialTemplate:Efn
Boot from VHD 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Can join a Windows domain? 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Group Policy 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg
Hyper-V[24] 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Template:Yes2 Template:Yes2
AppLockerTemplate:Efn 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg
Windows To Go 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg
DirectAccess 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg
BranchCacheTemplate:Efn 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg
Can be virtualized by RemoteFX? 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg
Services for Network File System[25] 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Green check.svg
Subsystem for Unix-based Applications 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg Template:Partial[26]
Windows Media Center 20px-Dark Red x.svg Template:Yes2[6]Template:Efn Template:Yes2[6] 20px-Dark Red x.svg
Microsoft Office apps bundled with OS Green check.svgTemplate:Efn 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg 20px-Dark Red x.svg
Features Windows RT Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Enterprise

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