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    Windows 8 and windows 8 RT?


    I know on a windows 8 RT tablet you cannot download anything other than the App Store
    But I have been looking at tablets to purchase and I am a bit confused. Some say Windows 8 some windows 8 pro. I thought there were only 2 versions. RT and pro

    So my question is. Can you download or install from a DVD player if you have Windows 8?
    I have a copy of windows 2013 that I can download or take it from a DVD. With just windows 8 can I install it plus other exe files?

    If so then why get windows 8 pro if windows 8 can do this?
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    I'm confused as well as I have seen reviews on my Lenovo Thinkpad 2 stating that I should be sure to get Win 8 Pro instead of just Win 8 and since the Thinkpad 2 doesn't com in an RT flavor that tells me that there must be 3 versions of Windows 8 for tablets running around currently.

    1) Windows 8 RT - Only download and run apps from the Microsoft app store
    2) Windows 8 - run all apps from the store and all regular Windows 7 apps/programs
    3) Windows 8 Pro - So what is the difference between #2 and #3

    Also are there currently any 64 bit Windows OS available for tablets?
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    No. Simply answer.

    Windows RT is designed ONLY for the ARM processor and ARM processor only, this is why you can't install Desktop apps. The RISC instruction set is completely different than the processor instruction set on typical x86 processors. Also why there is a Windows Store.

    There is a version of Windows 8 that would be technically called Windows 8 Core, but it's just Windows 8 for the sake of it. Windows 8 Pro is a different version with certain Pro features like Hyper-V.
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    But windows 8 is on atom processors and i3-5-7 core processor tablets. I am looking at a asus i3 one running i3 core
    And so does windows 8 pro
    So what does windows 8 pro have that windows 8 does not and please clarify of I can download programs like office 2013 on Windows 8. Or other exe programs
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    So windows 8 is like windows 7 home premium?
    But again can I run office 2013 if it is on a DVD or downloadable on the Internet?
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    Also, semantics are actually important here and there's no such thing as "Windows 8 RT" - it's "Windows RT" because while it's the same kernel as Windows 8, it's not exactly the same OS capability-wise. As previously mentioned, an RT device has limitations on apps due to being designed for ARM, but it has benefits in greater battery life and somewhat cheaper hardware due to the ARM design as well.
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    Essentially, you can think of Windows 8 (Core) as just Windows 7 Home Premium basically. Windows 8 (Core) runs on every processor both AMD and Intel EXCEPT ARM processors.

    This is a good thing Microsoft consolidated down versions because there are legit differences between Core and Pro.

    Windows 8 Pro, it's just like Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate. In Pro, you get features like Storage Spaces, Hyper-V, BitLocker support, native Remote Desktopping, and Domain joining. There is also a side pack called Windows 8 Pro Pack, which is just that with a Media Center download. If you want any of those features, Pro is the way to go. Or at least, an upgrade to Pro is the way to go.

    Windows RT is ONLY for pre-selected ARM based tablets, and will say that you can't use the Desktop to install traditional software right on the box and online description. As long as the tablet in question does not say Windows RT, yes, you can install whatever you feel like.


    The AMD tablet (I bet you'll probably like that as AMD APUs have SUPERIOR graphics capabilities over Atom counterparts) you ask in question is Windows 8 (Core) 64 bit. Think of that as basically a laptop with a touchscreen slapped on top of it. What works on your laptop will work on your tablet PC. You can also try to find an .iso image of Windows 8 (Core) online, I think I can find you a link if you wish, so you can do a clean reinstall of Windows 8 (Core) as that is just easiest to get rid of the crapware that will be on it. But that is a different thread...
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    NASA, windows 8 tablet will work for me but I can download office 20113 on it right? And other third party software, correct?
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