Compare Features Between Windows 8.1 Editions

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Windows 8.1 comes with many new and improved features since Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Preview. Windows 8.1 will be available in four Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise editions.

Windows 8 users will be able to update to Windows 8.1 free of cost through the Windows Store (Start screen) on October 17th 2013. Windows 8.1 will be available to retail on October 18th 2013. Windows 8.1 has already been released to OEMs in August, and available for download now for TechNet and MSDN subscribers since September 18th.

Windows 8.1 is not designed for installation on PCs running XP or Vista. If you're running Windows 7, your files will easily transfer. You can purchase full retail versions of Windows 8.1 starting at $119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro for $199.99. Pre-orders for Windows 8.1 are now available at the online Microsoft Store.



Windows 8.1 OEM users who buy PCs later this year can also upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro using the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack for $99.99. Windows 8.1 Pro owners will be able to buy Windows Media Center as an add-on pack for $9.99.

The European Windows 8.1 N, Windows 8.1 Pro N, Windows 8.1 Enterprise N, or Windows 8.1 KN, Windows 8.1 Pro KN, Windows 8.1 Enterprise KN editions include the same functionality as Windows 8.1, except for media-related technologies (Windows Media Player, web camera), and certain preinstalled media apps (Camera, Music, and Video). In addition, the KN editions do not include certain preinstalled communication apps (Calendar, Mail, and People).

See: How to Install Media Feature Pack for N and KN Editions of Windows 8 and 8.1


This tutorial will show you a comparison list of key features between the four Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise editions.

For more detailed information, see:






Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Pro Windows 8.1 Enterprise
3D printing support (new) YES YES YES YES
App automatic updates from Windows Store (new) YES YES YES YES
AppLocker NO NO NO YES
Apps included (Alarms, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Finance, Food & Drink, Games, Health & Fitness, Mail, Maps, Music, News, People, Photos, Reader, Reading List, SkyDrive, Sound Recorder, Sports, Travel, Video, and Weather) YES YES YES YES
Apps launch other apps (new) YES YES YES YES
Apps - Open multiple instances of same app (new) YES YES YES YES
Assigned access (new) YES NO YES YES
Binary extension scanning (Internet Explorer) YES YES YES YES
Biometric fingerprint enrollment (new) YES YES YES YES
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go NO NO YES YES
BITS Support NO NO YES YES
BranchCache NO NO NO YES
BYOD Multi-factor authentication (new) YES YES YES YES
Connected standby YES YES YES YES
CPU Sockets supported 1 1 2 2
Desktop apps (x86/x64) install and run NO YES YES YES
Desktop Background (change) NO YES YES YES
Desktop wallpaper set as Start background (new) YES YES YES YES
Device Encryption YES YES YES YES
Device enrollment (new) YES YES YES YES
DirectAccess NO NO NO YES
Domain Join NO NO YES YES
Exchange ActiveSync YES YES YES YES
Family Safety YES YES YES YES
File Explorer YES YES YES YES
File History YES YES YES YES
Group Policy NO NO YES YES
HomeGroup (create) NO YES YES YES
HomeGroup (join) YES YES YES YES
Hyper-V (client) NO NO YES YES
InstantGo YES YES YES YES
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) NO YES YES YES
Internet Explorer 11 (new) YES YES YES YES
ISO mount YES YES YES YES
Languages switch on the fly (Language Packs) YES YES YES YES
Local accounts YES YES YES YES
Local Security Policy Editor NO NO YES YES
Local Users and Groups Manager NO NO YES YES
Lock screen photo slide show (new) YES YES YES YES
Metered Connections YES YES YES YES
Microsoft account sign in YES YES YES YES
MiraCast wireless display support (new) YES YES YES YES
Mobile hotspot / Wi-Fi tethering (new) YES YES YES YES
Mobility Center YES YES YES YES
Multiple monitor improvements (new) YES YES YES YES
Network Bridging NO YES YES YES
Office Home & Student 2013 RT included YES NO NO NO
Offline Files NO NO YES YES
Open MDM support (new) YES YES YES YES
Open up to four variable sized windows at once (new) YES YES YES YES
PC Settings improvements (new) YES YES YES YES
Picture password YES YES YES YES
Pin Sign-in YES YES YES YES
Play To YES YES YES YES
Portrait mode improvements (new) YES YES YES YES
Presentation Mode YES YES YES YES
Presentation Settings YES NO YES YES
Quiet Hours YES YES YES YES
RAM - maximum supported 4 GB 128 GB 512 GB 512 GB
Recovery Drive
Refresh PC YES YES YES YES
Remote business data removal (new) YES YES YES YES
Remote Desktop (Advanced Compression) NO NO NO YES
Remote Desktop (Audio Capture) NO NO YES YES
Remote Desktop (client) YES YES YES YES
Remote Desktop (Direct3D Rendering) NO NO NO YES
Remote Desktop (DWW Remoting) NO NO YES YES
Remote Desktop (Easy Print) NO NO YES YES
Remote Desktop (host) NO NO YES YES
Remote Desktop (Multiple Monitors) NO NO YES YES
Remote Desktop (PnP Device Redirection) NO NO NO YES
Remote Desktop (Remote Applications) NO NO NO YES
Reset PC YES YES YES YES
Search powered by Bing (new) YES YES YES YES
Secure Sign-in (CTRL+ALT+DEL) YES YES YES YES
Semantic Zoom (Start/Apps screen) YES YES YES YES
Screenshot capture YES YES YES YES
Sideloading LOB apps sold separately NO sold separately YES
Snipping Tool YES YES YES YES
Start button (new) YES YES YES YES
Start screen and live tiles YES YES YES YES
Start screen control (new) NO NO NO YES
Storage Spaces NO YES YES YES
System Image YES YES YES YES
Tiles (Start/Apps) - customize multiple tiles at once (new) YES YES YES YES
Tiles (Start) - four sizes (new) YES YES YES YES
Touch keyboard and thumb keyboard YES YES YES YES
Trusted Boot YES YES YES YES
VDI enhancements NO NO NO YES
VHD boot NO NO YES YES
VHD mount YES YES YES YES
VPN clients built-in YES YES YES YES
Wi-Fi Direct wireless printing support (new) YES YES YES YES
Windows Defender YES YES YES YES
Windows Media Player NO YES YES YES
Windows PowerShell YES YES YES YES
Windows SmartScreen YES YES YES YES
Windows Store (Start screen) YES YES YES YES
Windows To Go Creator NO NO NO YES
Windows Update YES YES YES YES
Wireless Adhoc Networking NO YES YES YES
Work folders (new) YES YES YES YES
Workplace join (new) YES YES YES YES
Xbox SmartGlass with Play To / Play On YES YES YES YES



That's it,
Shawn