Windows 8 editions

Comparison of Windows 8 editions
Features Windows RT Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Enterprise
Availability Pre-installed on devices 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) 4 GB 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 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Picture password Yes Yes Yes Yes
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles Yes Yes Yes Yes
Touch and Thumb keyboard Yes Yes Yes Yes
Language packs Yes Yes Yes Yes
Updated File Explorer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Standard apps Yes Yes Yes Yes
File History Yes Yes Yes Yes
Refresh and reset of OS Yes Yes Yes Yes
Play To Yes Yes Yes Yes
Connected Standby Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Update Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Defender Yes Yes Yes Yes
Better multi-monitor support Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Windows Task Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes
ISO image and VHD mounting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mobile broadband features Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft account integration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internet Explorer 10 Yes Yes Yes Yes
SmartScreen Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Store Yes Yes Yes Yes
Xbox Live (including Xbox Live Arcade) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exchange ActiveSync Yes Yes Yes Yes
Snap Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can connect to a VPN? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for language packs and switching Yes Yes Yes Yes
Device encryption Yes With Windows 8.1 With Windows 8.1 With Windows 8.1
Supported third-party apps Windows Store apps only Windows Store and desktop Windows Store and desktop Windows Store and desktop
Remote Desktop Client only Client only Client and host Client and host
Storage spaces No Yes Yes Yes
Windows Media Player No Yes Yes Yes
BitLocker and EFS No No Yes Yes
Sideload Windows Store apps Partial No Partial Partial
Boot from VHD No No Yes Yes
Can join a Windows domain? No No Yes Yes
Group Policy No No Yes Yes
Hyper-V No No 64-bit SKUs only 64-bit SKUs only
AppLocker No No No Yes
Windows To Go No No No Yes
DirectAccess No No No Yes
BranchCache No No No Yes
Can be virtualized by RemoteFX? No No No Yes
Services for Network File System No No No Yes
Subsystem for Unix-based Applications No No No Deprecated
Windows Media Center No Via an add-in Via an add-in No
Microsoft Office apps bundled with OS Yes No No No
Features Windows RT Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Enterprise

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