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Windows 8 Versions (Final Release)

Windows 8 got released on MSDN 15/8.

I have a subscription to MSDN thru work and wanted to download it. But for each windows 8 there are 2 editions, one have the appending "N".

Is this a language indication? N for "norwegian" maybe? (my MSDN and myself are norwegian)

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marked as duplicate by Mike Fitzpatrick, Scott Chamberlain, 8088, soandos, Indrek Aug 16 '12 at 7:33

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"Windows 7 N

Fast-forward to today, and a Microsoft spokesperson explained to CNET UK, "The European Commission's 2004 decision requires Microsoft to offer an N version of Windows in Europe. We continue to abide by this ruling."

And so Windows 7 N was born. They cost the same as their non-'N' brothers and sisters, and apart from Windows Media Player, offer the same spread of features.

All you have to do now is decide which of the six non-N versions are right for you, and, wouldn't you know it, we have a handy, simple guide for that as well,"


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No, "N" editions are released in Europe and don't contain Media Player. Beside the lack of a Windows Media Player, there is no other difference.

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