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Do you want to get started with the Raspberry Pi board? Read this guide to figure out the best Raspberry Pi Starter Kits to choose from, how to get started and what you can do with a RPi board.

The Raspberry Pi is a small computer board about the size of a credit card. It was developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote teaching of basic computer science in schools. Since its first general sale in 2012, more than 30 million Raspberry Pi boards have been sold.
The Raspberry Pi has become tremendously popular not just among kids but also among electronics hobbyists, experienced makers, tinkerers, and even computer scientists.
The Raspberry Pi offers a choice of memory capacities. You can get a Pi with 1GB, 2G or 4GB of RAM.
There are some significant differences between this and previous models. However, they all work in a similar way, so previous projects are still compatible with the newer board.
 MicroSD card

These are the two essential accessories you need to use your Raspberry Pi. However, there are also other useful accessories you may consider getting like an HDMI cable to connect a TV or monitor to your Pi or a Raspberry Pi case to protect your board.
The new Raspberry Pi uses micro USB-C for power (previous boards use USB-B) and comes with dual display output through two type-D micro HDMI connectors. This means that your accessories from previous boards like power supply, cases, and HDMI cable to connect a monitor are no longer compatible with this one. If you want to re-use your old accessories, you can get a USB-B to USB-C adapter for the power supply and an HDMI adapter.
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This kit from  CanaKit comes with the new Raspberry Pi board and with the all necessary accessories to get started quickly. This includes the RPi 4GB RAM version, but you can select 2GB or 1GB (that are cheaper).
You also get an HDMI to micro-HDMI cable to connect a monitor, and an heat sink and a case with a built-in fan to prevent your Pi from overheating.
What can you do with a Raspberry Pi?
With a Raspberry Pi, you can do most things you do with a regular computer like web browsing, watching videos, editing documents, playing games, coding and much more. The figure below shows the Raspberry Pi set as a full desktop computer.
Raspberry Pi set as a desktop computer

The Raspberry Pi board has one special feature that normal computers don’t: General Purpose Input Output Pins (GPIOs). These GPIOs let you to interact with the real world allowing you to build great electronics projects.
Example of home automation system with Raspberry Pi

Can you install windows on Raspberry Pi?
There is a Windows Operating system (Windows  IoT Core) build specially for the Raspberry Pi. But it is different from the Windows OS you usually run on your computer. This operating system is used to build prototypes of  IoT devices and you need another PC running Windows with Visual Studio.
Wrapping Up
The first two kits ( CanaKit, Vilros) are similar and are both good choices. If you already have some of the accessories it may be more advantageous getting a basic starter kit.
 CanaKit Raspberry Pi Starter Kit (4GB RAM) - If you want to get started with the brand new Raspberry Pi 4, we recommend the  CanaKit Raspberry Pi Starter kit with 4GB of RAM. It comes with all the essential accessories to quickly get started including NOOBS pre-loaded on the microSD card for an easy installation of the operating system.
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Android Central
If you're looking for an inexpensive way to enter the world of DIY electronics, a Raspberry Pi is a great place to start. It's a well-built, small PC board that uses standard input and outputs for audio and video, standard USB ports, a set of simple input/output pins to connect to just about anything, and most importantly, a massive collection of accessories and a vast community of developers. This spells success, whether you're building a hobby project or a prototyping something more complicated.
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The new Raspberry Pi is a significant improvement over the B+, and this kit from  CanaKit has what you need to get up and running right away. This kit features 2GB of RAM, along with three aluminum heat sinks, and a USB-C power supply designed specifically for the Pi You'll just need to get a case on your own when the time comes, or even if you want to.
Raspberry Pi with essentials
This Raspberry Pi kit comes with a 1GB starter board, a quick start guide, and four heat sinks. Plus, once you've got everything built, there is a USB-C to microUSB adapter to go with the HDMI to microUSB adapter that is also included. With these extra adapters, you'll be able to connect your new Pi to almost any HDMI display.
Kano Computer Kit
A Kano Computer Kit is an excellent way for anyone to get started with a Raspberry Pi no matter their age. Simply plug it in and start having fun. The kit features the Raspberry Pi 3, Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in trackpad, HDMI cable, and a programmable LED light ring. Kano even throws in a basic clear case (to show off the LEDs) and a microSD card to save your new creations.
Sunfounder Raspberry Modules Sensor Kit V2.0
As you go through and build your Raspberry Pi computer, you may want to experiment with different things, but don't know where to start. With this Modules Sensor Kit from  SunFounder, you are provided with 3different modules, which will help you to attempt to complete 3different projects. Plus, this kit includes the Raspberry Pi B+ and all of the modules, so you shouldn't need anything else..