Ever since Windows XP the differences between versions of the same release has mostly been minor from an end-user perspective. Prior to XP Microsoft had a corporate line of Windows (NT/2000), and a home version (95, 98, ME).
With Windows XP the two versions were merged into one codebase with Windows XP Pro just adding some enterprise capabilities such as connecting to corporate servers and encryption.
With Windows 8, things have changed and your experience as an end-user will differ depending if you have Windows 8, Windows 8 RT, Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 RT.
To quickly tell:
- Press the Windows key.
- Type: winver
Note: If you are running a version of Windows older than Vista, select RUN then type: winver
- Take a careful look –
The title gives the major version
The minor exact version is in the descriptive paragraph
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows RT 8.1
For an interesting review of the Windows logo check out The new Microsoft Windows 8 identity.