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Side by side comparison of Vista versions

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  • Has anyone come across a MS URL or external article that offers a side by side comparison of the versions (e.g. home, business, enterprise, ultimate) of the Vista OS?
    Thursday, July 27, 2006 4:20 PM

Answers

  • Fundamentals
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    SafeDocs backup and restore  No   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Backup (scheduled)  No   No   No   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Backup (network-based)  No   No  No  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Shadow copy client  No   No  No No Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Encrypted File System (EFS)  No   No  No  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Supports migration from XP  No   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Productivity
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    Desktop Window Manager (DWM)  No   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Aero glass, animations, visual effects  No   No  No  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Productivity features (rolodex, tab previews, task bar previews)  No   No  No  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Unlimited screen resolution support No 

    1024x768 

    Yes  Yes   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Fast User Switching (FUS)  No   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Communications
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    RDP/Remote Desktop  No   No  No No Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    P2P Meeting Place (ad-hoc meetings, people discovery, presentation broadcast)  No  No No No Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Windows Web Server (optional)  No   No  No No Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Windows Fax client  No  No No No Yes (opt) Yes (opt)  Yes  Yes (opt) Yes (opt)
    Digital Media & Entertainment
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    DVD Video Authoring  No   No  No Yes No No No No Yes
    Direct Media Mode  No  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Media Center (including Extender and games)  No   No  No Yes No No No No Yes
    Number of remote Media Center sessions supported n/a n/a n/a 5 n/a n/a n/a n/a 5
    Movie Maker HD Publishing No  No  No Yes No No No No Yes
    Advanced Photography features  No   No  No Yes Yes (opt) Yes (opt)  Yes (opt)  Yes (opt) Yes (opt)
    Premium Games (3D Chess, Shanghai Solitaire)  No   No  No Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)  Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)
    Windows Media Player 11 and related components  Yes   No  Yes Yes No Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Networking
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    Number of supported network connections 0 5 5 10 10 10 10 10 10
    Domain join support  No   No  No Quattro
    only
    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    1:1 Network projection  No   No  No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    SNMP support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)
    Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)  No  Yes Yes Yes Yes (Opt) Yes Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes
    Mobility
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    PC-to-PC Sync  No   No  No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Mobility Center  No   No  No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Tablet PC functionality  No   No  No Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)
    Auxiliary Display support  No   No  No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Offline folders with client-side caching  No   No  No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    PC management
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA)  No   No  No No No No No Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)
    Secure Startup (Cornerstone)  No   No  No No No No No Yes Yes (Opt)
    Single Session Virtual PC  No   No  No No No No No Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)
    Multi-Language User Interface (MUI)  No   No  No No No No No Yes Yes (Opt)
    Licensing
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    Windows Activation Services Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No

     

    Key to the table:
    Str - Windows Starter 2007
    Home N - Windows Vista Home N (Europe only)
    Home B - Windows Vista Home Basic
    Home P - Windows Vista Home Premium
    Bus N - Windows Vista Business N (Europe only)
    Bus - Windows Vista Business
    Sm Bus - Windows Vista Small Business
    Ent -Windows Vista Enterprise
    Ult - Windows Vista Ultimate

    Please note! The above table for reference only. NOT RELEASE from MS! MS have right to change any features in Vista without notice.

    Saturday, July 29, 2006 2:46 AM
  • Version N is a European version, which does not have windows media player in it. This came after a ruling by the European Courts. Apart from that, the business versions are the same, and so is the price.
    Thursday, November 30, 2006 11:49 PM
  • Thanks a lot, that helps.
    Friday, December 01, 2006 6:04 AM

All replies

  • Hi, Thanks much for responding.  I did see this but I was looking for something more graphical in nature versus text.  Something in the way of a table with the versions/editions across the top and the features/functions down the side margin.
    Friday, July 28, 2006 12:02 PM
  • Fundamentals
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    SafeDocs backup and restore  No   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Backup (scheduled)  No   No   No   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Backup (network-based)  No   No  No  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Shadow copy client  No   No  No No Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Encrypted File System (EFS)  No   No  No  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Supports migration from XP  No   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Productivity
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    Desktop Window Manager (DWM)  No   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Aero glass, animations, visual effects  No   No  No  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Productivity features (rolodex, tab previews, task bar previews)  No   No  No  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Unlimited screen resolution support No 

    1024x768 

    Yes  Yes   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Fast User Switching (FUS)  No   Yes   Yes   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Communications
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    RDP/Remote Desktop  No   No  No No Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    P2P Meeting Place (ad-hoc meetings, people discovery, presentation broadcast)  No  No No No Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Windows Web Server (optional)  No   No  No No Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Windows Fax client  No  No No No Yes (opt) Yes (opt)  Yes  Yes (opt) Yes (opt)
    Digital Media & Entertainment
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    DVD Video Authoring  No   No  No Yes No No No No Yes
    Direct Media Mode  No  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Media Center (including Extender and games)  No   No  No Yes No No No No Yes
    Number of remote Media Center sessions supported n/a n/a n/a 5 n/a n/a n/a n/a 5
    Movie Maker HD Publishing No  No  No Yes No No No No Yes
    Advanced Photography features  No   No  No Yes Yes (opt) Yes (opt)  Yes (opt)  Yes (opt) Yes (opt)
    Premium Games (3D Chess, Shanghai Solitaire)  No   No  No Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)  Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)
    Windows Media Player 11 and related components  Yes   No  Yes Yes No Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
    Networking
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    Number of supported network connections 0 5 5 10 10 10 10 10 10
    Domain join support  No   No  No Quattro
    only
    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    1:1 Network projection  No   No  No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    SNMP support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)
    Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)  No  Yes Yes Yes Yes (Opt) Yes Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes
    Mobility
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    PC-to-PC Sync  No   No  No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Mobility Center  No   No  No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Tablet PC functionality  No   No  No Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)
    Auxiliary Display support  No   No  No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Offline folders with client-side caching  No   No  No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    PC management
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA)  No   No  No No No No No Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)
    Secure Startup (Cornerstone)  No   No  No No No No No Yes Yes (Opt)
    Single Session Virtual PC  No   No  No No No No No Yes (Opt) Yes (Opt)
    Multi-Language User Interface (MUI)  No   No  No No No No No Yes Yes (Opt)
    Licensing
    Feature Str Home N Home B Home P Bus N Bus Sm Bus Ent Ult
    Windows Activation Services Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No

     

    Key to the table:
    Str - Windows Starter 2007
    Home N - Windows Vista Home N (Europe only)
    Home B - Windows Vista Home Basic
    Home P - Windows Vista Home Premium
    Bus N - Windows Vista Business N (Europe only)
    Bus - Windows Vista Business
    Sm Bus - Windows Vista Small Business
    Ent -Windows Vista Enterprise
    Ult - Windows Vista Ultimate

    Please note! The above table for reference only. NOT RELEASE from MS! MS have right to change any features in Vista without notice.

    Saturday, July 29, 2006 2:46 AM
  • Thank you.  This is what I was looking for.
    Monday, July 31, 2006 12:24 AM
  • welcome!
    Monday, July 31, 2006 3:16 AM
  • Is there an updated official list for the released version? And what about parental controls - in what version are these included?
    Thursday, November 30, 2006 12:49 PM
  • Hi Richard,

    I was looking for a comparison between Vista Business and Vista Business N. It's the first time that I heard about this N thing, I remarked that this is "for Europe only".

    Thanks,

    Marius

    Thursday, November 30, 2006 9:15 PM
  • Version N is a European version, which does not have windows media player in it. This came after a ruling by the European Courts. Apart from that, the business versions are the same, and so is the price.
    Thursday, November 30, 2006 11:49 PM
  • Thanks a lot, that helps.
    Friday, December 01, 2006 6:04 AM
  • it's time to close this thread now.
    Friday, December 01, 2006 10:12 AM