Difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Professional

Some people were asking me the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Professional, So I decided to put it out over here.

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Windows 8 has basically four types or editions as listed below,

  1. Windows 8 RT
  2. Windows 8 Enterprise
  3. Windows 8
  4. Windows 8 Professional

Windows 8 RT

Windows 8 RT is very much designed for tablet computers which run on ARM Processor. It will only be able run legacy applications. For instance if you buy Microsoft Surface which a device powered by Windows RT then you wont be able to run applications like Mozilla Firefox, Picasa and other such applications. Well you get the point, its made for devices running on ARM chips.

Windows 8 Enterprise

Then we have Windows 8 Enterprise, which is basically made for Administrators working in large companies. It will consist of many business applications.

So if you are planning to buy Windows 8 for your PC then the first two are out of option. That means we are left with Windows 8 and Windows 8 Professional. These are the only two which are going to be available in the market for the common man or the consumer.

Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro

If you are normal computer user then Windows 8 is the ideal for you. What you should know is that not even a single edition of Windows 8 include Windows Media Center by default. But Windows Media Center add-on can be installed only on the Pro edition of Windows 8. That means if you really want to install Windows Media Center on your OS then you need to have Windows 8 Pro.

Windows 8 Pro is mostly designed for Tech-type people and professional users. It has some advanced features which Windows 8 doesn’t have. Some features include Bitlocker, Group Policy, Encryption options, Domain join, Remote Desktop, etc.

You can check the table below for more detailed info.

Feature Name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro
Upgrades from Windows 7   Professional, Ultimate no yes
Bitlocker and Bitlocker To Go no yes
Boot from VHD no yes
Client Hyper-V no yes
Domain Join no yes
Encrypting file system no yes
Group policy no yes
Remote desktop (host) no yes

If you want these additional features then you can go with Windows 8 Pro and if you are totally fine without these features then Windows 8 is perfect for you.

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6 Replies to “Difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Professional”

  1. will you please give me a reason,
    -why should i take the win 8?
    -and why should i leave the win 7?
    which one who’s better??

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