Installing an N edition of Windows 8 - Windows 8.1 N on Inspiron laptops
For Dell laptops with Windows 8 or 8.1 pre-installed (especially the Inspiron 17 7000 series)
Has anyone tried installing an N edition of Windows 8 or 8.1 on their Dell laptop? The Dell Windows 8.1 SLP product key allows for a clean install and activation of a standard Win 8.1 - but how about a Windows 8.1 N edition? Has anyone tested the N edition of Windows?
Windows 8.1 N is identical to Windows 8.1, but it has less bundled bloatware (thanks to EU courts). If you're interested, you can create a Windows 8.1 N installation DVD or USB drive using the following Microsoft tool:
Of course, you'll still need a valid license and key to activate it.
What's an N edition of Windows?
N editions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 don't include media-related technologies like Windows Media Player or Camera.
To play or create audio CDs, digital media files, and video DVDs; organize content in a media library; create playlists; convert audio CDs to digital media files; view artist and title information of digital media files; view album art of music files; transfer music to personal music players; or record and play back TV broadcasts after Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 is installed, you'll need to install a media player and other software from Microsoft or another company.
Additionally, Internet Explorer 11 in N editions of Windows 8.1 don’t include media features like adaptive streaming or Digital Rights Management (DRM) playback.