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why microsoft offers pro version not standard one ?

  1. #1


    Posts : 153
    windows 8 pro x64

    why microsoft offers pro version not standard one ?


    I wonder why microsoft didn't offer a home version of windows 8 instead of a pro ? Home versions are dead ? I am not complaining for getting pro version but this makes me wonder.

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  2. #2


    New Zealand
    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro, 32-bit


    Win 8 Pro is the only boxed version most are seeing on the shelves for sale.
    Enterprise version I understand is only available through volume licensing and I could be wrong but believe that Windows 8 (Standard?) seems to be the OEM version installed on new lower end PC's.

    I have no idea how you would get a copy of Windows 8 RT if you wanted it.

    All a bit confusing at this stage.
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  3. #3


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can't buy RT install media, Microsoft will only sell the operating system to device manufacturers directly, and not as a stand-alone product to consumers. The only way for you and I to get it is preinstalled on a device.
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