Can Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro (x64) be used as an everyday desktop OS?

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  1. secretromeo

    secretromeo MDL Senior Member

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    I have a product key for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro (x64). I was wondering if it can be used as an everyday OS (listening to music, surfing the web, playing games)? I am aware that in Windows Embedded 8.1, metro apps/Windows Store are disabled. I was not going to use metro apps anyway.

    Do regular desktop applications work perfectly on Windows Embedded 8.1?
     
  2. PGHammer

    PGHammer MDL Senior Member

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    Why wouldn't they?

    It's still Windows 8.1 Professional underneath.

    It's like Media Center Edition (either 2002 or 2005) could do anything (and run any application) XP Professional could (except be a domain client- even that was fixable with a registry edit).

    It's why I hate when folks make assumptions that just because an OS has a primary use, it's the only use. Where would Windows itself be with that thinking?
     
  3. MELERIX

    MELERIX MDL Addicted

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    if I'm not wrong... Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro = Windows 8.1 Pro VL
     
  4. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    No; they are different SKUs. And Embedded SKUs have different package management system than normal SKUs.
     
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  6. secretromeo

    secretromeo MDL Senior Member

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    Based on all the replies so far, I assume that Windows Embedded 8.1 is pretty much similar to Windows 8.1. However, I would still want to know the real difference between the two.
     
  7. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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    Install it and find out is all I can suggest.
     
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    It's short-sighted, and I've seen it before - which is indeed why I am calling attention to it.

    It's not merely conservative, but downright "chicken" - if I wanted chicken, I'd order chicken. I didn't go into IT in the first place (before the PC) to cater to chickens.

    Folks are only willing to get brave if they risk little to nothing; that's the attraction of Android (and to an extent iOS) after all - they underprice typical Windows hardware, therefore, the risk is small. In fact, they are cheap enough that users buy their own - therefore, the risk to business is (seemingly) little or nothing. It's like all of IT has become as risk-averse as old-school IBM.
     
  9. dummekuehe

    dummekuehe MDL Senior Member

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    Was wondering the same because Dreamspark gives me a key for Windows Embedded 8 Industry. Where does it say that you can't use Metro apps with it?
    As far as I know you need to build your Windows from different modules before you can use it. There are youtube videos of the system. And it looks like regular Windows 8 to me.
    Just waiting for Dreamspark to offer Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry.
     
  10. ewwink

    ewwink MDL Novice

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    8.1 is available now, can someone confirm it working normally like normal version?
     
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