Compare Windows 8.1 Editions

Windows RT 8.1
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8.1 Enterprise
User experience
Easily customize the user-interface for a unique, individual experience.
Apps launch other appsWindowWindowWindowWindow
Customize multiple tiles at onceWindowWindowWindowWindow
Lock screen photo slide showWindowWindowWindowWindow
Four tile sizesWindowWindowWindowWindow
Microsoft account loginWindowWindowWindowWindow
Multiple instances of same appWindowWindowWindowWindow
Open up to four variable sized windows at onceWindowWindowWindowWindow
Optional boot to the desktop/All apps screen/Start screenWindowWindowWindowWindow
PC Settings improvementsWindowWindowWindowWindow
Portrait mode improvementsWindowWindowWindowWindow
Search powered by BingWindowWindowWindowWindow
Set the desktop wallpaper as Start backgroundWindowWindowWindowWindow
The Start button WindowWindowWindowWindow
The Start screen and live tilesWindowWindowWindowWindow
Touch keyboard and thumb keyboardWindowWindowWindowWindow
Stay productive and connected while mobile with Windows apps and services.
Automatic app updates from Windows StoreWindowWindowWindowWindow
Built-in apps (Mail, Calendar, People, and more)iWindowWindowWindowWindow
Install and run desktop apps (x86/x64)WindowWindowWindow
Internet Explorer 11WindowWindowWindowWindow
Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT includediiWindow
Windows Media PlayeriiiWindowWindowWindow
Windows StoreWindowWindowWindowWindow
Xbox SmartGlassiv with Play To / Play On WindowWindowWindowWindow
Devices and peripherals
Choose from a wide range of sleek and powerful devices as unique and innovative as your business.
3D printing supportWindowWindowWindowWindow
Biometric enrollmentWindowWindowWindowWindow
InstantGo vWindowWindowWindowWindow
Miracast wireless display supportWindowWindowWindowWindow
Mobile hotspot / Wi-Fi tetheringWindowWindowWindowWindow
Multiple monitor improvementsWindowWindowWindowWindow
Storage SpacesWindowWindowWindow
Wi-Fi Direct wireless printing supportWindowWindowWindowWindow
Work efficiently and effectively with up-to-date hardware and system requirements.
CPU Sockets1122
Maximum RAM vi4 GB128 GB512 GB512 GB
Mount ISO / VHDsWindowWindowWindowWindow
Reset and refresh your PCWindowWindowWindowWindow
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) viiWindowWindowWindowWindow
VHD bootWindowWindow
Windows UpdateWindowWindowWindowWindow
Empower BYOD programs responsibly with enhanced management features.
Assigned access WindowWindowWindow
Client Hyper-VWindowWindow
Device enrollmentWindowWindowWindowWindow
Domain JoinWindowWindow
Exchange ActiveSyncWindowWindowWindowWindow
Group PolicyWindowWindow
Open MDM supportWindowWindowWindowWindow
Sideloading LOB apps sold separately sold separatelyWindow
Start screen controlviiiWindow
Windows To Go CreatorWindow
Work foldersWindowWindowWindowWindow
Workplace joinWindowWindowWindowWindow
Deliver the security, performance, updates, and compatibility to help manage today’s devices and infrastructure.
Binary extension scanningixWindowWindowWindowWindow
BitLocker and BitLocker To GoWindowWindow
Device EncryptionxWindowWindowWindowWindow
Family SafetyWindowWindowWindowWindow
Multi-factor authentication for BYODWindowWindowWindowWindow
Picture passwordWindowWindowWindowWindow
Remote business data removalWindowWindowWindowWindow
Trusted BootxiWindowWindowWindowWindow
Windows DefenderxiiWindowWindowWindowWindow
Windows SmartScreenWindowWindowWindowWindow
Work from multiple locations and from multiple devices.
Built-in VPN clientsxiiiWindowWindowWindowWindow
Remote Desktop (client)WindowWindowWindowWindow
Remote Desktop (host)WindowWindow
VDI enhancementsWindow
iBuilt-in apps include: Alarms, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Finance, Food & Drink, Games, Health & Fitness, Mail, Maps, Music, News, People, Photos, Reader, Reading List, Sound Recorder, Sports, Travel, Video, and Weather
iiIncludes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook; certain features, macros, add-ins, and other custom programs may not work on Windows RT 8.1; for further details, please go to
iiiWatching DVD movies on Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition requires separate playback software; Windows RT 8.1 does not support DVD movie playback
ivXbox SmartGlass available as download in the Windows Store
vEnabled on all editions that meet InstantGo certification requirements, at OEM discretion (named “connected standby” in the Windows 8 editions)
vi32-bit versions support up to 4GB
viiLanguage switching is not included in Windows 8.1 single language versions
viiiStart screen control can be enabled in Windows RT 8.1 with side loading key
ixInternet Explorer scans binary extensions (ActiveX for example,) before running them, using the anti-malware solution
xDevice encryption is automatically enabled on InstantGo certified devices after first login with Microsoft Account
xiTrusted Boot requires TPM
xiiWindows Defender now includes network behavior monitoring
xiiiVPN now includes auto-triggered VPN and 3rd party built-in VPN clients in addition to Microsoft VPN client
New feature