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Windows RT Limitations

  • What are the limitations and differences between Windows 8, 8 Pro, and RT, please?

    Eddie M.

    NEX PEARL HARBOR, Honolulu, Hawai'i

    USA

  • Hey Eddie,

    This is official from Microsoft: 

    What's the difference between Windows RT and Windows 8?

    Windows RT contains many of the same features as Windows 8, but is a new operating system for thin and light PCs. Some of the features of Windows 8 and Windows RT are:

    • Fluid, intuitive, and easy-to-use interface design that you can easily customize.

    • Built-in apps like Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, and SkyDrive, with many more apps available from the WindowsStore.

    • Internet Explorer 10, for fast, intuitive browsing.

    • Touch-enabled so you can interact with Windows in a whole new way.

    • Mouse and keyboard–enabled so you can be as productive as you need to be.

    Windows RT also includes some different features:

    • Windows Update and Windows Defender are always on and up to date making your PC more secure.

    • Enhanced data protection using BitLocker technology to help keep your information more secure.

    • All Windows RT PCs can turn on instantly with connected standby (not all Windows 8 PCs have this capability).

    • Comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, providing you with touch-optimized desktop versions of the newMicrosoft Word, ExcelPowerPoint, and OneNote. For more details, see “Where do I get more information about Office on Windows RT” below.

    Some features aren't included in Windows RT:

    • Windows Media Player

    • Windows Media Center

    • HomeGroup creation (you can join an existing HomeGroup but you can't create a new one)

    • The ability to connect to your Windows RT PC from another PC using Remote Desktop

    • Domain join

    With Windows RT, you can install apps directly from the Windows Store, but you can't install desktop programs that you used with previous versions of Windows.

    And also there's a page on Microsoft.com that compares Win8 with Win8 Pro, that's here.

  • Great information! Thanks!

    Eddie