Still wondering if Microsoft will cut down on the number of Windows 8 editions that the company will make available when the full version gets released later this year? Worry no more, we have all the information that you need.
If you search the Registry of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version, you will find a listing of all the different versions that Microsoft intends to release. But first, let me explain how you can access the information in your version of Windows 8.
Open the Windows Registry Editor first. If you are on the desktop, use Windows-R to bring up the run box, enter regedit in there and tap on the return key. Select yes if an UAC prompt comes up. If you are in the Metro interface, type regedit, hit enter and select Yes in the UAC prompt.
Now navigate to the following Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\PackageIndex\Product
The Registry key lists the following Windows 8 editions:
Microsoft Windows Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Windows Enterprise Eval Edition
Microsoft Windows Home Basic Edition
Microsoft Windows Home Premium Edition
Microsoft Windows Prerelease ARM Edition
Microsoft Windows Prerelease Edition
Microsoft Windows Professional Plus Edition
Microsoft Windows Starter Edition
Microsoft Windows Ultimate Edition
The majority of editions are identical to Windows 7. Only the ARM edition appears to be new. The Eval and Prerelease editions appear to be for testing purposes only.