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Published on 07.03.07 by Brent Trahan

Windows Vista Editions Features List

This guide shows what major features come with each version of Windows Vista.


I’ve noticed there is a lot of confusion to what features come with each edition of Windows Vista. Maybe the simplified list of feature below can help.

Windows Vista Home Basic

  • Instant Search
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Photo Gallery
  • Windows Easy Transfer

Windows Vista Basic doesn’t include the Aero user interface (high quality transparent glass effects of windows).

Windows Vista Home Premium

The Home Premium edition of Windows Vista has all the feature of the Home Basic version plus:

  • Aero user interface
  • Windows Media Center
  • Tablet PC Support
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Scheduled Backups
  • Next Generation Gaming Support
  • Windows SideShow Support

Windows Vista Business

The Business edition of Windows Vista has all the features of the Home Basic version plus:

  • Aero user interface
  • Tablet PC Support
  • Backup and restore (including Complete PC Backup, Automatic File Backup, and Shadow Copy Backup)
  • Core business features like joining a domain, group policy, and EFS encryption
  • Fax and Scan
  • Small business resources

Windows Vista Enterprise

The Enterprise edition of Windows Vista has all the features of the Business version plus:

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • Support for worldwide languages
  • License right for up to 4 virtual operating systems
  • Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications

Windows Vista Ultimate

The Ultimate edition of Windows Vista includes the features of every edition of Windows Vista.

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