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Which is lighter, Windows 8.1 Single Language or Pro?

  1. #1


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Which is lighter, Windows 8.1 Single Language or Pro?


    I have a license for both and am thinking to install Windows 8.1 again on my laptop.

    Windows 7 Pro did offer me higher benchmarks, but I don't know, the laptop felt snappier in Windows 8.1 for some reason.

    My laptop originally came with Windows 8.1 single Language

    now before I format, shall I install Windows 8.1 Single Language that came with my laptop or my own copy of 8.1 Pro?

    Is Pro heavier by any chance because it has Bitlocker, the ability to connect to a Workgroup, Hard Drive encryption, etc?

    If the performance is the same then I'll install 8.1 Pro but if you think Single Language is lighter, then I'll stick to that

    please advice

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  2. #2


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Personally, I don't see a difference between the two (both are Pro versions) except that you have only one language on the OEM version.

    There are three versions of Windows 8/8.1; Core (mostly for consumers); Pro and Enterprise (mostly for multiple licenses). You will find comparisons between these versions here: Compare Windows 8.1 Editions

    If your system specs are correct, the OEM OS on your laptop is already Windows 8.1 Pro. No need to format and reinstall unless you have a specific need for multiple languages. Further, I'm pretty sure that, since the product key to Windows 8.1 Pro is embedded in your BIOS/UEFI, reinstallation will pick up that key for you and hopefully, you won't have to use your other key.

    Also, although you didn't ask the question, if you format/write over your OEM version of Windows and you use the key with your multiple language version of Windows 8.1, you cannot use the OEM version from the laptop on another computer; thus, one license lost. My advice would be that unless you have a need for multiple languages, leave things as they are.
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  3. #3


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks a lot man! very comprehensive reply even more than I expected!

    Cheers
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  4. #4


    I wasn't aware there was a single-language version. My inexpensive Toshiba laptop came with Windows 8.1 in Spanish and I switched it to English. Then I bought a retail copy of Windows 8.1, again in Spanish, and put it on my desktop and switched to English. According to Microsoft, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise all have language packs.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by patrickt View Post
    I wasn't aware there was a single-language version. My inexpensive Toshiba laptop came with Windows 8.1 in Spanish and I switched it to English. Then I bought a retail copy of Windows 8.1, again in Spanish, and put it on my desktop and switched to English. According to Microsoft, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise all have language packs.
    Right, and you can install any LP very easily in the language control panel:

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