You have surely wondered why the versions of Windows it is no longer limited to the edition number (e.g. Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10), and besides this they also appeared "S","N"And"KN".
About features Windows S and his limitations we have talked about in one article written a few months ago. Broadly speaking, this is a very limited operating system that does not allow the installation of applications other than Microsoft Windows Store. It is intended especially for students and those who need a special Office suite.
Windows 10 N yes Windows 10 KN
"N"And"KN”Are two editions of Windows Specially launched for certain countries or geographical areas. Microsoft distributes the edition Windows 10 N in Europeand Windows 10 KN is meant South Korea.
These releases have emerged from pressures on Microsoft to limit the American company's monopoly on the media / social media playback / manipulation market.
Windows 10 N yes Windows 10 KN are operating systems that have the same features as Windows 10, but have some missing applications and features.
On these versions of Windows missing media technology a Windows Media Player and preinstalled applications Groove Music, Movies & TV, Voice Recorder si Skype. The difference between the versions "KN" (South Korea) and "N" (Europe) is made by the lack Windows Messenger, which is not present on the "KN" version.
Applications and features excluded on Windows n si Windows KN
Windows Media Player - both the application and the technology behind it are missing. Without this technology, users can no longer listen to music on CD / DVD, can no longer create playlists, can no longer manipulate media content.
Windows ActiveX Media Player - leads to the impossibility of playing the audio content coming from web pages or web applications. Kind of like listening to music online or radio.
Windows Media Format - it provides support for content Advanced Systems Format (ASF). Codecs for audio and video and network streaming.
Windows DRM media - secure delivery of media content from external devices or from the network, on Windows PC. It is that feature that was concerned with the import of the autio files from an external device to the computer / laptop.
Media sharing and Play To - functionality that allows the sharing of video and audio content in the local network. LAN.
Media Foundation - protecting the quality of audio and video content for DRM.
Windows 8.1 Portable Devices (WPD) - communication with external media devices or external hard drives that contain media content, including devices that support Media Transfer Protocol.
MPEG, WMA, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, AMR, & Dolby Digital - codecs capable of playing audio content: MP3, WMA, MPEG-2, AAC, FLAC and ALAC audio.
VC-1, MPEG-4, H.264, H.265and H.263 - suite of codecs for viewing video content.
Groove Music - music player developed by Microsoft.
Video - application preinstalled on Windows 10, capable of playing video content.
Voice Recorder - application developed by Microsoft and pre-installed, for sound capture. Voice recording.
Skype - Microsoft social network application, which allows the exchange of text messages between users, voice calls, video calls.
Windows Messenger - messenger service developed by Microsoft. This application is only missing on the South Korean version. Windows 10 KN.
Even if these applications and technologies are missing from Windows N or Windows KN, the basic versions do not undergo other significant changes. You can install Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Professional N, then install the entire suite above, downloading the installation patch from the Microsoft site. You can of course opt for third-party applications that do the same.
Media Feature Pack contains all the missing features and applications Windows DO NOT N, Windows 8.1 N yes Windows 10 N.