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Vista Edition Breakdown

November 22nd, 2006 by Patrick S

The Vista breakdown below will only concern features which a certain edition has, and another doesn’t. This list was compiled by TheHotfix and gives an in-depth view of the functionalities and differences between the different Vista versions expected for public release in Jan.

Hardware Configuration(s)-Acceptability:
1: Max. ram support: 4GB for 32-bit systems. [Across all versions]
For 64-bit: 8GB max. for basic, 16GB max. for premium and more than 128GB for business and ultimate. (Maximum tested at the Microsoft Labs was 128GB, and more could be accepted.)
2: Duo-processors support: Unavailable in Basic and Premium.
3: Integrated Smart card management: Not supported in both Prenium and Basic.
4: Control over installation of devices: Not supported in both Premium and Basic.
5: Virtual PC Express: Unsupported in all versions, except Ultimate.

Network Configuration(s):
1: Simultaneous SMB peer connections: Basic 5, the rest 10
2: Wireless Network provisioning: Basic and Premium do not have.
3: Domain Join for windows Small Business Server: Not included in Basic and Premium.
4: Subsystems for unix based applications: Unsupported across all vista editions, except Ultimate.

Looks, UI(s):
1: Aero-All editions will have, except Basic.
2: Windows Movie Maker (Basic)-All editions except Basic.
3: Windows Movie Maker (High Defination aka HD)- All editions except Basic and Business.
3: Windows Media Centre (For Music, photos, videos etc.)-Only Basic does not have.
4: Windows Media Centre Advanced (For watching HDTV, Cable card support only)- Basic and Business do not have.

Others:
1: Small Business resource: All editions except Basic and Premium.
2: Windows Fax and Scan: Basic and Prenium do not have.
3: Support for simultaneous installation of multiple user interface languages: Unsupported across all editions, except Ultimate.
4: Encrypting File(s): Not supported for Basic and Premium.
5: Windows Shadow copy System Image: Unsupported in both basic and Premium.
6: Windows Mobility Centre: Only Basic and Premium have partial. The rest, full functionality.
7: Windows Tablet PC Support: Unsupported in Basic.
8: Windows Collaboration: Basic has view only feature. The rest, full features.
9: PC to PC Sync: Not supported in basic.
10: Network Projection and Presentation settings: Basic does not have. The rest full support.
11: Remote Desktops: Basic and Premium Client only. The rest, Client+Host support.
12: Group Policy Support: Not supported in Basic and Premium.
13: Offline files and folder support: Unsupported in Basic. (Unsure about Premium, but confirmed to be supported in Business and Ultimate).
14: Roaming User Profiles: Unsupported in Basic and Premium.
15: Folder Redirection: Unsupported in Basic and Premium.
16: Windows Bit Locker Drive Encryption: Unsupported across all editions, except Ultimate.
17: Windows Ultimate Extras: As it says it all, unsupported across all editions, except Ultimate.

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5 Responses

  1. André Nogueira Says:

    They seem to have forgotten Vista Enterprise – it also has MUIs, Unix Subsystem, and Bitlocker. Granted it won’t be available for the general public, but it still has these.
    Also, what is meant by “Wireless Network provisioning” and ” Control over installation of devices”?
    It should be noted that while Home Basic and Home Premium do not support more than one processor (at least Basic doesn’t), they do support multiple logical processors (HiperThreading) and multiple cores.

  2. Windows Vista Edition Breakdown | Vista Weblog Says:

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  3. Daryl Nicholas Says:

    Andre, the enterprise version, which we tested did not much accept Unix Subsystem. For wireless network provisioning, i guess that it is much best explained here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg1203.mspx . For control over installation of devices, we mean that you cannot really control over how you want to install your devices. For the processors part, we agree, and will change the post. I would like to thank you for your support.

  4. Jasper Jugan Says:

    I don’t think Business have Windows Media Center (it just plainly says only basic doesn’t have). I agree that two editions were left out here – Enterprise is the most notable while you can set aside the other one – Starter.

  5. Pierres Service » Blog Archive » Vista Edition Breakdown Says:

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