Editions of Windows 8

Windows 8 Editions

It is coming in 4 flavors to the users as below


all editions of windows 8


Windows 8

 Windows 8 is the basic or core edition of Windows 8 family with only limited features just like a starter edition in Windows 7.It doesn't inlcude features like 

  • Trusted boot,
  • Picture password,
  • Start screen,
  •  Semantic Zoom, 
  • Live Tiles,
  • Windows Update,
  • Windows Defender,
  • New Windows Task Manager,
  • ISO image and VHD mounting,
  • Microsoft account integration,
  • Internet Explorer 10,
  • SmartScreen,Windows Store
  • Snap
  • Desktop and Store apps



Windows 8 Pro


Windows 8 pro os is just like Windows 7 ultimate edition with most of the features of Windows 8 are included and the features are listed below and this is the only version that support Windows media center add on


  • Trusted boot
  • Picture password
  • Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles
  • Touch and Thumb keyboard
  • Updated File Explorer
  • Standard apps
  • File History
  • Refresh and reset of OS
  • Play To
  • Connected standby
  • Windows Update
  • Windows Defender
  • Better multi-monitor support
  • New Windows Task Manager
  • ISO image and VHD mounting
  • Mobile broadband features
  • Microsoft account integration
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • SmartScreen
  • Windows Store
  • Xbox Live (including Xbox Live Arcade)
  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • Snap
  • Can connect to a VPN?
  • Desktop
  • Supported third-party apps
  • Remote Desktop
  • Storage Spaces
  • Windows Media Player
  • Encryption features
  • Sideload Windows Store apps
  • Boot from VHD
  • Group Policy
  • Hyper-V

Windows RT

Windows RT refers to the Windows Run Time which is the OS designed only for Tablets and it won't support Traditional Windows app.Even many people are asking not to mention Windows RT as windows family os since it is not upward compatible but Microsoft rejected this argument with the answer that Windows RT is build with same architecture as Windows family.

We discussed Windows RT and its Features separately You can read it here..........


Windows 8 Enterprise

Windows Enterprise supports all the features as Windows pro except the Windows media center add on.
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