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What's the difference between a K and an N distribution

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  • We are MSDN Vista 64bit Ultimate machines -- there are 2 downloads for 64bit Win 7, an N and a K version -- we need to do UPGRADE installs . Any clue about which Ult 7 download to select. Thanks.
    Friday, November 27, 2009 4:33 PM

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  • As I understand it, the K version was introduced a few years ago per Korean law mandate.  Not sure what the difference is, has something to do with the branding I believe.  The N version is similar in that the Eurpoean Union ruled back in 2004 during anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft that Windows operationg systems had to be decouple for Windowm Media Player to be sold in Europe.  Long story short, if you are installing in the US, you wont want to install either of the K or N versions (unless of course you dont want media player built in).
    Jeff
    Friday, November 27, 2009 6:01 PM
  • We are MSDN Vista 64bit Ultimate machines -- there are 2 downloads for 64bit Win 7, an N and a K version -- we need to do UPGRADE installs . Any clue about which Ult 7 download to select. Thanks.
    Hi

    The Windows K, N, and KN versions are distributed to certain locales due to legal decisions made by the government authority for those locales. These versions were originally created in the Windows XP timeframe and continue with all of the current versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. These versions have certain components removed to comply with these regulations.

    Here are the links that describe these 2 versions.

    Description of Windows XP Home Edition N and Windows XP Professional N

    Changes to Windows XP Home Edition K and Windows XP Professional K from earlier versions of Windows XP


    Also, see this link:

    Upgrading to an N or KN edition of Windows 7

    The following link describes the supported and unsupported upgrade paths.

    Windows 7 Upgrade Paths:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd772579(WS.10).aspx

    If you download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor on the systems you are upgrading, this utility will specify the upgrade options that are available to you. 

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for using Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Friday, November 27, 2009 7:12 PM
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