Windows Registry exposes Windows 8 SKUs

Recently my friend Ankur, has found a neat clue in Windows Registry about Windows 8 SKUs plan. According to his find, there may be total 8 editions including two new variants i.e. ARM and Professional Plus Edition.

Since Microsoft has already detailed Windows 8 ARM and it will not be available as retail box package. Consumers will get WOA with ARM products only. While Professional Plus naming pact is very much inspired by Office 2010 SKUs.

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You can find the above list at the following location in Windows Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\PackageIndex\Product

Microsoft has yet to confirm it while the clue seems strong because at the same location in Windows 7, you can find Windows 7 SKUs.

A list of all possible Window 8 editions based on above Registry values:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 ARM
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Starter
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Home Basic
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Home Premium
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 8 ProfessionalPlus
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise

Source: Windows8Beta.com