Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Microsoft just released the final Windows 8 versions for MSDN members, before its consumer release in october.

Anyway, I am a MSDN member. Today I went to see my downloads page and I found a list of the new versions to be downloaded.

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 N
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Pro N
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Enterprise N

I know the difference between the versions "Windows 8", "Windows 8 Pro" and "Windows 8 Enterprise", which you easily find at wikipedia.

But, I really need to know the difference between these versions and the "N" versions before download one of them.

share|improve this question
up vote 95 down vote accepted

Wikipedia also explains N versions, look under "Special-purpose editions" in the Windows 7 Wiki.

N and KN editions

The features in the N and KN Editions are the same as their equivalent full versions, but do not include Windows Media Player or other Windows Media-related technologies, such as Windows Media Center and Windows DVD Maker. The cost of the N and KN Editions are the same as the full versions, as the Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N or Windows 7 KN can be downloaded without charge from Microsoft.

N versions were created due to a fine/settlement with the European Union

share|improve this answer
Thank you, I have updated the Wikipedia page for Windows 8, too. – Gustavo Gondim Aug 16 '12 at 0:44
@GustavoGondim Bravo! – Moab Aug 16 '12 at 3:01

You must log in to answer this question.

protected by Community Feb 17 '13 at 13:46

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .