Did you get what you paid for?

See for yourself. Below are the actual Windows Vista features which are not available in all editions. Check to see if you are getting the features you need before you buy the Vista Edition of your choice. A common feature not available in the Home editions of Vista is the “Windows Fax and Scan” support.

Look and Feel

Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
Fancy Windows transparency (“See through glass style”)   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Flip 3D   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Live Taskbar Thumbnails   Yes Yes Yes Yes

Security features

Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
Parental Controls Yes Yes     Yes

NOTE: Also it is important to note that the ability to access advanced areas to control security features manually for example such as the “Security Policies” secpol.msc is not available in the Home editions.

Performance support

Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
Maximum RAM (64-bit version) 8 GB 16 GB 128+ GB 128+ GB 128+ GB
Physical processor support 1 1 2 2 2

File System Tools and Support

Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
Scheduled backup   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows ShadowCopy     Yes Yes Yes
System image backup and recovery     Yes Yes Yes
Encrypting File System (EFS)     Yes Yes Yes
Windows BitLocker Full Drive Encryption       Yes Yes

Bundled applications

Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
Added games   Yes Yes Yes Yes

Digital media features

Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
Windows Media Center   Yes     Yes
Windows Media Center HDTV and CableCard support   Yes     Yes
Xbox 360 Media Center Extender compatibility   Yes     Yes
Windows Movie Maker Yes Yes     Yes
Windows Movie Maker HD format support   Yes     Yes
Windows DVD Maker   Yes     Yes

Networking features

Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
Number of supported simultaneous peer network connections 5 10 10 10 10
Network Projector support   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Presentation Settings   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Remote Desktop Client only Client only Yes Yes Yes
Join domain (Windows Server/SBS)     Yes Yes Yes
Offline files and folder support     Yes Yes Yes
IIS Web Server     Yes Yes Yes

Mobility features

Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
Windows Mobility Center Partial Partial Yes Yes Yes
Sync Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tablet PC functionality   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Touch screen support   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows SideShow (auxiliary display support)   Yes Yes Yes Yes

Other features

Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
Windows Ultimate Extras         Yes
Windows Fax and Scan     Yes Yes Yes

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