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Which version of Windows Vista do I need? Here's a feature list

Which version of Windows Vista do I need? Here's a feature list

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Thanks to David Weeks for sharing the following extensive list of Windows Vista product features corresponding to each edition running from Home Basic to Ultimate.

 

Windows Vista Editions Feature Table

 

 

Home Basic

Home Premium


Business


Enterprise


Ultimate

Key Features for All Users

Welcome Center

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

User Account Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Security Center

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Defender

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Firewall

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Internet Explorer 7 Protected Mode

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Internet Explorer 7 Fix My Settings

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Anti-phishing in Internet Explorer 7

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Anti-phishing in Windows Mail

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Update

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Service Hardening

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Performance self-tuning and hardware diagnostics

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Experience Index

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Next-generation TCP/IP stack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

IPv6 and IPv4 support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows ReadyDrive

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ad hoc backup and recovery of user files and folders

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Scheduled backup of user files

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Backup of user files to a networked PC or device

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Incremental backup

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic backup scheduling

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Complete PC Backup and Restore (image based)

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Shadow Copy (restore previous versions of your documents)

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Vista Basic user interface

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Aero user experience (glass, dynamic windows, and a smoother-performing desktop)

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Instant Search

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

File tagging

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stacking and Group By View.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Internet Explorer 7 with RSS feed support, tabbed browsing, and integrated search

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

.NET Framework 3.0

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows CardSpace

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows SuperFetch

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows ReadyBoost

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

I/O prioritization

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic hard disk defragmentation

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

64-bit processor support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Maximum RAM supported with 32-bit system

4 GB

4 GB

4 GB

4 GB

4 GB

Maximum RAM supported with 64-bit system

8 GB

16 GB

128+ GB

128+ GB

128+ GB

Two processors (two processor sockets) support

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Years of product support

5

5

10

10

5

Key Features for Home Users

Windows Mail

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Calendar

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Sidebar

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Photo Gallery—for organizing, editing, printing, and sharing photos and videos

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Themed slide shows

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Windows Media Player 11

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Native DVD playback

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Windows Media Center—for music, photos, videos, live and recorded TV, and online entertainment

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Windows Media Center—for recording and watching high-definition TV (U.S. and South Korea only)

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Windows Media Center—CableCard support (U.S. only)

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Support for Media Center Extenders, including Xbox 360

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Windows Movie Maker

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Movie Maker HD

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Windows DVD Maker (Video DVD Authoring and Burning)

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Games Explorer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Updated games

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

New premium games

 

Yes

Yes*

Yes*

Yes

Parental Controls

Yes

Yes

 

 

Yes

Universal game controller support

Yes

Yes

Yes*

Yes*

Yes

Speech Recognition

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Accessibility Settings and Ease of Access Center

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Key Features for Business Users

XPS Document support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Small Business Resources

 

 

Yes

Yes*

Yes

Windows Fax and Scan

 

 

Yes

Yes*

Yes*

Network and Sharing Center

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Network Diagnostics and troubleshooting

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Improved wireless networking

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wireless network provisioning

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Improved peer networking

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Improved VPN support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Improved power management

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Simultaneous SMB peer network connections

5

10

10

10

10

Windows HotStart

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Mobility Center

Partial

Partial

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sync Center

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Offline Folder support

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Tablet PC with integrated pen/digital ink input

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Tablet PC touch screen support

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Tablet PC handwriting recognition improvements

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Tablet PC usability and navigation improvements

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows SideShow

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Meeting Space

View only

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Improved file and folder sharing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ad hoc backup and recovery of user files and folders

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Scheduled backup of user files

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Backup of user files to a network device

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Key Features for IT Professionals

System image–based backup and recovery

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Encrypting File System 

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Desktop deployment tools for managed networks

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Policy-based quality of service for networking

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) Client

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Control over installation of device drivers

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Network Access Protection Client Agent

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pluggable logon authentication architecture

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

Support for simultaneous installation of multiple user interface languages

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

All worldwide user interface languages
(36 languages total) available

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

Subsystem for UNIX-based applications

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

Application Compatibility features

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

File-based image format (WIM)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

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