Windows Vista Editions by Sam C. Chan

Last Updated: November 29, 2006

Feature Starter Home
Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
Microsoft MSRP (Full/Upgrade) OEM only $199/$100 $239/$159 $299/$199 Lic. only $399/$259
Bravo OEM (for new systems) N/A $92 $118 $147   $205
Bravo MS License (upgrade only) N/A $102 $147 $176   $250
Security & Recovery
Automatic Backup (files)   limited
Complete PC Backup (image)      
Scheduled and Network Backup    
Shadow Copy Backup      
Encrypted File System (EFS)      
Bitlocker Boot Volume Encryption        
Desktop Window Manager (DWM)  
Aero glass visual effects    
Rolodex, tab previews, task bar previews    
Fast User Switching (FUS)  
Remote Desktop (RDP) Host      
Windows Meeting Space (collaboration)      
Windows Web Server (IIS)      
Windows Fax client      
Media & Entertainment
DVD Maker (Authoring)        
Direct Media Mode  
Media Center (Max. 5 sessions)        
Advanced Photography features    
Premium Games    
Standard: Wireless support in all editions
Max. Network Connections 0 5 10 10 10 10
Domains Joining Support     Quattro only
Network Projector Support    
SNMP support
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)  
PC-to-PC Sync    
Mobility Center    
Tablet PC Functions    
Auxiliary Display support    
Offline Files and Folders      
Advanced PC management
Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA)        
Secure Startup (Cornerstone)        
Single-Session Virtual PC        
Official VirtualPC Support      
Multi-Language User Interface (MUI)        
Product/Volume Activation VA 2.0 VA 2.0 ?
Max Memory: 32-bit systems 256 MB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Max Memory: x64 systems N/A 8 GB 16 GB 128 GB+ 128 GB+ 128 GB+
Max CPUs 1 1 1 2 2 2
  • All editions include IE7, Windows Media Player 11, Windows Defender and Wireless support.
  • Home N & Business N for European markets (not listed above) exclude Windows Media Player.
  • Starter edition for "emerging markets" only. Restricted to: 256M, 1024x768 resolution, 3 concurrent tasks, no 64-bit support, zero server session (network client-only), OEM only, no support for upgrade from XP.
  • All editions (except Starter) available in 32-/64-bit. Installation medium: DVD (multi-CDs version available)

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Included but disabled or not installed by default


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