Why does Windows 8.1 N Edition exist?

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  1. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    If noone can activate it, and my genuine Windows 8 Pro key won't activate it, then:

    1) What's the use of it?

    2) Did anyone figure out a way to activate it with a Pro Key?
     
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  2. MSDNAA

    MSDNAA MDL Senior Member

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    You are not kidding right?
    The "N" Editioni is there since XP was introduced. "N" edition is for European users where it won't include Windows Media Player built-in, i don't know the exact purpose of "N" Edition. But Windows 8.1 N Edition requires it's own legit key. And i guess the cracks / loaders don't work with it. I don't know about it whether it works or not.
     
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  3. kidmetal

    kidmetal MDL Novice

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    You can search "European Union Microsoft competition case" via google to get the answer.
     
  4. Humphrey

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  5. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    N versions are the result of a EU lawsuit where MS agreed to ship separate SKUs for versions without media playing/recording programs.
    In Windows 8.x this means no Windows media player, media center upgrade, camera app, xbox music/video players, etc.

    It's actually a MUCH better version of Windows to use if you're not a fan of bloat.
    Then again, you wouldn't use Win8.x if you didn't mind a certain amount of bloat.
     
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  6. Humphrey

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  7. EFA11

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    thats the little collection :vertag:
     
  8. ALeXTheGreaT

    ALeXTheGreaT MDL Junior Member

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    I'd like to ask, the N editions include the codecs or not? I mean, I know they don't include Media Player, but I'm asking only about the video/audio ( H.264/AVC, DMO etc ) Codecs.

    If the Codecs are included, then N editions are even better, less bloated since I never use Windows Media Player.
     
  9. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    Your hunch is correct. No codecs either.
     
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  10. ALeXTheGreaT

    ALeXTheGreaT MDL Junior Member

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    Thank you, guys! As it seems 'N' editions aren't for me then.

    I like the 'No media player' case, but I don't like the 'no media codecs either'.
     
  11. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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    It cannot play DVD's either, seems that if you wanted fully functional media player you'd need a 3rd part app anyways. MS charges for that added benefit I believe- VLC ftw.
     
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  12. murphy78

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  13. dwDigitalLife

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    #15 dwDigitalLife, Oct 19, 2013
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    That's Marketing Strategy Of MS
    Because They Don't include Media-Player in N-Version Price of N-Version slightly Less
    Designed For Costumer's who cant Afford Windows, like Me :D
    MS Hoping At-least At Low Price They Will Buy Windows.
     
  14. acyuta

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    Actually I do not use N version but I am happy that it does. On technet, you get keys for both regular and N versions. So the N version is a bonus and I can install media feature pack to get it up.
     
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  15. Johanend

    Johanend MDL Novice

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    A bit off topic perhaps, but Windows 8.1 core is supposed to contain every version of Windows 8.1 (pro and WMC), using dism to upgrade. Does it also contain the the N-versions (N and Pro N)? Using "Dism /Image:C:\Mount /Get-CurrentEdition /Get-TargetEditions" on a install.wim containing 8.1 Pro (index 1) and Windows 8.1 standard (index 2), the only possible upgrades listed, when mounting index 2, are Professional and ProfessionalWMC...? How do I "unlock" the N-versions, if possible? If it is not, I guess the answer is to obtain a N-version to begin with... Also I get an error related to WSACancelBlockingCall (even more off topic -I know) -what's the cause of this?
     
  16. Tito

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    @Johanend

    As I told here, N edition comes with separate ISO. No need to repost.
     
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  17. ney2x

    ney2x MDL Novice

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    Haven't tried it yet... Does Microsoft Toolkit 2.x can activate Windows 8.1 Enterprise N?

    TIA.
     
  18. Tito

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