Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, Enterprise, Home Premium and Basic Editions Features Comparison Matrix

»»»Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, Enterprise, Home Premium and Basic Editions Features Comparison Matrix
Windows Vista has 6 editions in its product lineup: 3 for consumers and public retail – Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate. 2 editions of Windows Vista are for businesses and corporations – Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Enterprise. The last version of Windows Vista – Windows Vista Starter is for emerging market. Each edition of Windows Vista has its own target market and resolves around the needs of specific type of potential customer, from individual home desktop or laptop PC users, small and medium enterprises or businesses to large global companies. Microsoft defines each edition of Windows Vista with the description listed at the bottom. For detail matrix and comparison of features available or what is not available in each editions of Windows Vista, refer to table below.

Feature Home
Basic
Home
Premium
Business Enterprise Ultimate
64-bit CPU Processor Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accessibility Settings and Ease of Access Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ad-hoc Manual Backup and Recovery of User Files and Folders Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Phishing in Internet Explorer 7.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Phishing in Windows Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Hard Disk Defragmentation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatically Organize Contents based on File Properties or Tags Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Diagnostics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Games Explorer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instant Search Integrated with OS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internet Explorer 7.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internet Explorer Fix My Settings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internet Explorer Protected Mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IPv4 and IPv6 TCP/IP Stack Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Low Priority I/O Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Network Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Network Diagnostic and Troubleshooting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Performance Self-Tuning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speech Recognition Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Service Hardening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sync Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User Account Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Backup and Restore Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Calendar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Defender Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Easy Transfer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Firewall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows HotStart Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Media Player 11 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Photo Gallery Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows ReadyBoost Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows ReadyDrive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Security Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Sidebar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Update/Microsoft Update Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Vista Basic User Interface Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Welcome Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
XPS Document Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Meeting Space View Only Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Mobility Center Partial Partial Yes Yes Yes
Universal Game Controller Support Yes Yes Yes* Yes* Yes
Parental Controls Yes Yes     Yes
Windows Movie Maker Yes Yes     Yes
Themed Slide Shows   Yes     Yes
Windows Media Center with CableCard support   Yes     Yes
Windows DVD Maker   Yes     Yes
Windows Movie Maker HD   Yes     Yes
Scheduled Backup of User Files   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Backup User Files to Network Device   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Network Projection   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Presentation Settings   Yes Yes Yes Yes
PC to PC Sync   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Aero User Interface with Glass   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows ShadowCopy   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows SideShow   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Tablet PC Features   Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Premium Games   Yes Yes* Yes* Yes
Administrator Control Over Installation of Device Drivers     Yes Yes Yes
Centralized Power Management through Group Policy     Yes Yes Yes
Client-Side Caching     Yes Yes Yes
Complete System Image-based Backup and Recovery     Yes Yes Yes
Dual (2) Processors (Sockets) Support     Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Deployment Tools for Managed Networks     Yes Yes Yes
Domain Join for Windows Server     Yes Yes Yes
Encrypting File System     Yes Yes Yes
Folder Redirection     Yes Yes Yes
Group Policy Support     Yes Yes Yes
Integrated Smart Card management     Yes Yes Yes
Network Access Protection Client Agent     Yes Yes Yes
Offline Files and Folder Support     Yes Yes Yes
Pluggable Logon Authentication Architecture     Yes Yes Yes
Policy-based Quality of Service (QoS) for Networking     Yes Yes Yes
Previous Versions     Yes Yes Yes
Roaming User Profiles     Yes Yes Yes
Virtual PC Express     Yes Yes Yes
Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) Client     Yes Yes Yes
Wireless network provisioning     Yes Yes Yes
Windows Fax and Scan     Yes Yes* Yes*
Internet Information Server     Yes* Yes* Yes*
All 35 Worldwide User Interface Languages Available       Yes Yes
Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications       Yes Yes
Support for Simultaneous Installation of Multiple User Interface Languages       Yes Yes
Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption       Yes Yes
Windows Ultimate Extras         Yes
Windows Anytime Upgrade Yes Yes Yes   Yes
Remote Desktop Client Only Client Only Host & Client Host & Client Host & Client
Simultaneous SMB peer network connections 5 10 10 10 10
Maximum RAM supported with 32-bit processor-based system 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
Maximum RAM supported with 64-bit processor-based system 8GB 16GB 128+GB 128+GB 128+GB

* Feature is optional

Windows Vista Home Basic: the operating system for homes with basic computing needs. It is easy to set up, it helps you use your PC more securely and reliably, and like all of the editions of Windows Vista, it is compatible with the widest range of software, devices, and services that you use and trust. If you simply want to use your PC for tasks such as surfing the Internet, corresponding with friends and family using e-mail, or performing basic document creation and editing tasks, then Windows Vista Home Basic will deliver a safer, more reliable, and more productive computing environment.

Windows Vista Home Premium: the operating system for homes with advanced computer needs. It will help you use your laptop or desktop PC more effectively as well as enable you to enjoy new, exciting digital entertainment experiences—all with the benefit of added security and reliability.

Windows Vista Business: designed to meet the needs of business organizations of all sizes. For small businesses, Windows Vista Business will help keep PCs running smoothly and more securely so you will be less reliant on dedicated IT support. For larger organizations, Windows Vista Business provides dramatic new infrastructure improvements, enabling your IT staff to spend less time focused on the day-to-day maintenance of PCs and more time adding strategic value to your organization. Windows Vista Business also offers powerful new ways to organize, find, and share information while staying better connected whether you are in the office or on the road. This helps your business to run more efficiently than ever before.

Windows Vista Enterprise: designed to help global organizations and enterprises with complex IT infrastructures lower IT costs, reduce risk, and stay connected. Building on the features in Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise provides higher levels of data protection using hardware-based encryption technology. It also includes tools to improve application compatibility and enables organizations to standardize by using a single worldwide deployment image. Available only to Volume License customers who have PCs covered by Microsoft Software Assurance. These customers are also eligible to acquire an optional subscription license for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. This software extends the value of Windows Vista Enterprise by reducing application deployment costs, enabling delivery of applications as services, and allowing for better management and control of enterprise desktop environments. Together these technologies deliver the most cost-effective and flexible Windows desktop management solution.

Windows Vista Ultimate: the most comprehensive edition of Windows Vista. It is the first operating system that combines all of the advanced infrastructure features of a business-focused operating system, all of the management and efficiency features of a mobility-focused operating system, and all of the digital entertainment features of a consumer-focused operating system. For the person who wants one operating system that is great for working from home, working on the road, and for entertainment, Windows Vista Ultimate is the operating system that lets you have it all.

Windows Vista Starter: Available in 119 emerging markets, Windows Vista Starter provides individuals and families with the basic benefits of Windows Vista at an affordable price. Designed for first-time PC users, Windows Vista Starter is easy to learn and includes help features tailored to beginner users.

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