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Windows 7 & 8 Professional OEM recommended replacements

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Windows 7 Professional OEM recommended replacements

Operating Systems Pros Cons
Windows 7 Professional For Embedded Systems
Exactly the same operating system as Windows 7 Professional OEM Not supplied with standard Microsoft recovery media
No changes to existing Windows 7
saved images
More expensive
Windows Embedded Standard 7
Uses the standard Windows 7 kernel so applications should work without issue Not supplied with standard Microsoft recovery media
Allows the operating system to be tailored to customer requirements £150 NRE fee applies for image creation
Has embedded enabling features such as disk write filters which allow the device to be locked down
Low cost licences
Available until July 27th 2025
Doesn't require individual system activation

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Windows 8.1 Professional OEM recommended replacements

Operating Systems Pros Cons
Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro
Exactly the same operating system as Windows 8.1 Professional OEM Not supplied with standard Microsoft recovery media
No changes to existing Windows 8.1 saved images More expensive
Requires online activation
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro
Uses the standard Windows 8.1 kernel so applications should work without issue Not supplied with standard Microsoft recovery media
Has embedded enabling features such as disk write filters which allow the device to be locked down Requires online activation
Low cost licences
Fixed build embedded operating system improving compatibility and eliminating NRE fees
Available until April 8th 2028
Windows Embedded 8 Standard
Uses the standard Windows 8 kernel so applications should work without issue Not supplied with standard Microsoft recovery media
Has embedded enabling features such as disk write filters which allow the device to be locked down Requires online activation
Low cost licences Based on the original Windows 8 GUI rather than the 8.1 GUI so does not have the start button
Allows the operating system to be tailored to customer requirements
Available until March 30th 2028

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