Home Premium supports 10 simultaneous SMB peer-network connections (compared to 5 in Home Basic).
Additional features include support for Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packages, Bit Locker Drive Encryption, and UNIX application-support.
Not available through retail or OEM channels, this edition will get distributed through Microsoft Software Assurance (SA).
"N" editions of Windows Vista require third-party software (or a separate installation of Windows Media Player) to play audio CDs and other media formats such as MPEG-4.
Two additional editions of Windows Vista have been released for use by developers of embedded devices.
Microsoft characterized the packaging for the retail editions of Windows Vista as "designed to be user-friendly, […] a small, hard, plastic container designed to protect the software inside for life-long use." The Windows Vista disc itself uses a holographic design similar to the discs that Microsoft has produced since Windows 98.
With the exception of Windows Vista Starter, all editions support both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) processor architectures.Much like its predecessor, Windows XP Starter Edition, this edition of Windows Vista was sold in 139 developing countries in 70 languages.Microsoft did not make it available in developed technology markets such as the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, or other high income markets as defined by the World Bank.Windows Vista Starter has significant limitations; as examples, it allows only a total of three applications to operate concurrently, does not accept incoming network connections, displays a permanent watermark in the bottom right corner of the screen, Windows Vista Starter is licensed to run only on PCs with AMD's Athlon XP, Duron, Sempron and Geode processors, and Intel's Celeron, Pentium III processors, and certain models of Pentium 4.Starter Edition comes with some locale-specific desktop wallpapers not found in other editions of the operating system.Containing all features from Home Basic and similar to Windows XP Media Center Edition, this edition also supports additional features aimed for the home market segment, such as support for HDTV and DVD authoring and DVD burning, and Windows Media Center with support for Extenders and the Xbox 360.