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Windows 8.1 Version Comparison | Which One is Best for You

As a computer user, you probably want to know which version of Windows 8.1 is most suitable for you since there are four versions for your option, including Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise. In consequence, this article will generalize their respective features and make a clear comparison among them.

Windows 8.1 Version Comparison:

First of all, you should note that among all versions, Windows RT 8.1 is pre-installed in the ultra-light laptop or tablet adopting ARM processor and not for sale separately. In other words, you can only, generally speaking, buy or upgrade your operating system to Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro.

Second, their respective features and functions are briefly summarized as follows.

1. Windows RT 8.1
It provides customers with same features as Windows 8, such as easy-to-use interface, Mail, SkyDrive, other built-in apps, touch function, etc. Meanwhile, it also offers different characteristics like enhanced BiLocker technology, Office 2013 RT and so on.

2. Windows 8.1
For most consumers, Windows 8.1 is the best choice. It possesses all required functions for daily work and life, including Windows Store, new version of Windows Explorer, and some service only provided by Windows 8.1 Enterprise before.

3. Windows 8.1 Pro
This system is mainly designed for technology lovers and professionals, which offers more technologies. Apart from all the functions of Windows 8.1, it owns EFS (Encrypting File System), virtualization, PC Management, Windows Media Center and so forth.

4. Windows 8.1 Enterprise
It not only has most functions of Windows 8 Pro, but also provides enterprise with PC Management and Deployment, Windows To Go and other functions.

Third, the following table gives you a better understanding of the four editions' detailed functions and knowledge of other aspects.

Functions or Other

Windows RT

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Pro

Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Compatible with current Windows system

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Purchase Channel

Pre-installed in Computer

Various Channels

Various Channels

Authenticated Clients

Architecture

ARM (32-bit)

IA-32 (32-bit) or x86-64 (64-bit)

IA-32 (32-bit) or x86-64 (64-bit)

IA-32 (32-bit) or x86-64 (64-bit)

Metro/Start Interface and Tiles Design

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Touch Keyboard

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Language Pack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Updated Resource Manager

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Internet Explorer 10

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Store

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Secure Boot

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Account

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Picture Password

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Standard Procedure

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

File History

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

System Reset

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Play TO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Connected Standby

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Update

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Defender

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multi-Monitor Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

New Task Manager

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ISO Image and Mount VHD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobile Connect

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Smart Screen

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Xbox Live

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Exchange ActiveSync

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Snap

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

VPN Connection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Device Encryption

Yes

No

No

No

Pre-installed Microsoft Office

Yes

No

No

No

Desktop

Part

Yes

Yes

Yes

Storage Space

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Media Player

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Media Center

No

No

To Be Added

No

Remote Desktop

Only for Client Side

Only for Client Side

Both Client Side and Server Side

Both Client Side and Server Side

Boot from VHD

No

No

Yes

Yes

BitLocker and BitLocker To Go

No

No

Yes

Yes

EFS (Encrypting File System)

No

No

Yes

Yes

Join Domain

No

No

Yes

Yes

Group Policy

No

No

Yes

Yes

AppLocker

No

No

Yes

Yes

Hyper-V

No

No

Only Supported by 64-bit

Only Supported by 64-bit

Windows To Go

No

No

No

Yes

Direct Access

No

No

No

Yes

Branch Cache

No

No

No

Yes

RemoteFX

No

No

No

Yes

Metro Deployment

No

No

No

Yes

With the above information about Windows 8.1 version comparison, can you make your own choice now?

 

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