Windows Vista is available in six different marketing editions. With the exception of Windows Vista Starter, all editions support both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) processor architectures.
On 5 September 2006, Microsoft announced USD pricing for the four editions available through retail-channels It has made available new license and upgrade-license SKUs for each edition.
Microsoft characterizes the packaging for the retail-editions of Windows Vista as "designed to be user-friendly, [...] a hard plastic container that will protect the software inside for life-long use" The case opens sideways to reveal the Windows Vista DVD suspended in a clear plastic case. The Windows Vista disc itself uses a holographic design similar to the discs that Microsoft has produced since Windows 98.
Windows Vista Home Premium
Containing all features from Home Basic and similar to WinXP MCE, this edition also supports additional features aimed for the homemarket segment, such as support for HDTV and DVD-authoring. It also includes games, support for mobile and tablet PCs, for network projectors, for touchscreens, and for auxiliary displays (via Windows SideShow), and a utility to schedule backups. Home Premium supports 10 simultaneous SMB peer-network connections (compared to 5 in Home Basic).The version of Meeting Space included also allows for interaction (in Home Basic, one may only view meetings). This edition has functionality comparable to that of Windows XP Media Center Edition. Like Home Basic, it supports only one physical CPU, but multiple cores. 64-bit Home Premium supports up to 16 GB of RAM.