Windows 8.1 N editions

Windows 8.1 N editions have been designed to give you most of the features of Windows 8.1—with the addition of choice. There are three Windows 8.1 N editions: Windows 8.1 N,Windows 8.1 Pro N, and Windows 8.1 Pro Pack N. The N editions of Windows 8.1 allow you to choose your own media player and software required to manage and play CDs, DVDs, and other digital media files. If you choose to use Windows Media Player 12, downloading it, along with related software, is free. Windows 8.1 N editions are available for customers who live in countries that are part of the European Economic Area and Switzerland.

Windows 8.1 N editions can only be downloaded and upgraded from Windows 7 N editions.

Windows 8.1 N edition

Windows 8.1 N edition

This version of Windows 8.1 N includes the same functionality as Windows 8.1, except that it doesn't include certain media-related technologies (Windows Media Player, Music, Video, Skype). As a result, you'll need software from Microsoft or a third party to play or create audio CDs, media files, and video DVDs, stream music, take and store pictures, and use a webcam.

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Windows 8.1 Pro N edition

Windows 8.1 Pro N edition

This version of Windows 8.1 Pro N includes the same functionality as Windows 8.1 Pro, except that it doesn't include certain media-related technologies (Windows Media Player, Music, Video, Skype). As a result, you'll need software from Microsoft or a third party to play or create audio CDs, media files, and video DVDs, stream music, take and store pictures, and use a webcam.

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Get the upgrade on DVD

Windows 8.1 Pro Pack N edition

Windows 8.1 Pro Pack N edition

This version of Windows 8.1 Pro Pack N includes the same functionality as Windows 8.1 Pro, except that it doesn't include certain media-related technologies (Windows Media Player, Music, Video, Skype). As a result, you'll need software from Microsoft or a third party to play or create audio CDs, media files, and video DVDs, stream music, take and store pictures, and use a webcam.

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Get the pack on DVD

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