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Differences between Win8 RT and Win8 Pro?

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    Differences between Win8 RT and Win8 Pro?


    What are the differences between Win8 RT and Win8 Pro?

    Am I correct in thinking that Win8 RT is completely Metro and doesn't have a desktop environment at all?

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    Hello lilsting,

    The tutorial below can help you compare the features between all editions of Windows 8. Windows 8 RT will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors. It does have a desktop as well.


    Compare Windows 8 Editions

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Thanks for this comparison thread. It looks like I will only need the regular "Win8" Edition. A shame that that Surface tablet only comes in Win8 RT or Win8 Pro. I guess if I ever get one of those I'll get the Win8 Pro version and pay for a bunch of features I'll never use.
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    You're most welcome. Yeah, it all comes down to the features you need vs your budget.
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