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Windows 8 Operating System Features

Here you will find the details on system features that are available in different editions of Windows 8.

The main versions of Windows 8 are: Windows 8 Pro (For professionals and enthusiast), Windows 8 (Home and consumers) and Win RT for tablet PC's.

Windows 8 Developer Preview System Requirements, minimal specifications and hardware requirements

Windows 8_Minimal Specs and system requirements

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Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home PremiumYesYesNO

Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate


Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles

Windows StoreYesYesYes
Windows AppzYesYesYes

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)

Internet ExplorerYesYesYes

Device encryption

Connected StandbyYesYesYes
Microsoft AccountYesYesYes

Installation of x86/64 and desktop software


Updated Windows Explorer

Windows DefenderYesYesYes
Smart screenYesYesYes
Windows UpdateYesYesYes
Enhanced Task ManagerYesYesYes

Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs)

Storage SpaceYesYesNO
Windows Media Player YesYesNO


Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT

Exchange ActiveSync


File history

ISO / VHD mount YesYesYes
Mobile broadband featuresYesYesYes
Picture PasswordYesYesYes
Play toYesYesYes
Remote Desktop (client)YesYesYes
Reset and refresh your PC YesYesYes
Touch and Thumb KeyboardYesYesYes
Trusted bootYesYesYes
VPN ClientYesYesYes
BitLocker and BitLocker To GoNOYesNO
Boot from VHDNOYesNO
Client Hyper-VNOYesNO
Domain JoinNOYesNO
Encrypting File SystemNOYesNO
Domain JoinNOYesNO
Group Policy (Host)NOYesNO

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