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Windows Vista: Versions compared

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CNET.com.au compares the various Vista editions to show you which features are included in each.

  Windows Vista Basic
Windows Vista Basic
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Ultimate
Windows Vista Ultimate
64-bit processor support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Games Explorer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Internet Explorer 7
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IPv6 and IPv4 support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Parental Controls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Remote Desktop
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Speech Recognition
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sync Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Account Control
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Anytime Upgrade
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Backup and Restore
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Calendar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Defender
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Easy Transfer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Firewall
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows HotStart
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Mail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Media Player 11
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Mobility Center Limited Limited
Yes
Yes
Windows Photo Gallery
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows ReadyDrive
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Security Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Sidebar
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Update
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Welcome Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
XPS document support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Encrypting File System  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Integrated smart card management  
Yes
Yes
Yes
PC-to-PC Sync  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Pluggable log-in authentication architecture  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Aero  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Meeting Space Limited
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) Client  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows ShadowCopy  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Tablet PC  
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows DVD Maker  
Yes
 
Yes
Windows Media Center  
Yes
 
Yes
Windows Movie Maker
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Windows Movie Maker HD  
Yes
 
Yes
Domain join for Windows Small Business Server    
Yes
Yes
Group Policy support    
Yes
Yes
Roaming user profiles    
Yes
Yes
Virtual PC Express    
Yes
Yes
Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption    
Yes
Yes
Windows Fax and Scan    
Yes
Yes
Windows Ultimate Extras      
Yes