Product High-Light – Windows Desktop OS – Windows XP Pro/Vista Business

 

Licensing rules are dependant upon the CHANNEL purchased, so OEM/FPP and VL Windows OS have different licensing rules, as below:

Windows Desktop OS Installation and Use Rights – Volume Licensing  

  • You may install one copy of the software on the licensed device, you need a qualified base license before you can install!
  • You may use the software on up to two processors on that device at one time.
  • You may not reassign that license to another device*, A hardware partition or blade is considered to be a separate device.
  • You may not use the software on any other device, but, You may store one copy of the software on a storage device, such as a network server.
  • You may use that copy to install the software on any other device to which a license has been assigned.
  • Windows Desktop OS in Volume Licensing is an Upgrade ONLY, not a full license

Downgrade” right for Windows XP Professional and Windows Vista Business licenses purchased via Volume Licensing
Volume licensing customers with a license for Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista Business are eligible to use a prior version in place of the version they have licensed. Eligible Prior versions of Windows XP Professional include Windows 2000 Professional, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 or 3.51. Eligible prior versions of Windows Vista Business include Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 Professional, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 or 3.51.

Microsoft has extended the above downgrade rights under Windows Vista Business Upgrade to allow you to downgrade to Windows 98 or Windows 95. If the customer exercises this right to use a prior qualifying Windows operating system for which there is Microsoft Plus! Software available, the customer may also use the appropriate Microsoft Plus! Software. For example, a customer who enrolls Windows Vista Business under Software Assurance may choose to use Windows 98 and Microsoft Plus! For Windows 98 instead of Windows Vista Business. Windows Millennium and Windows XP Home Edition are not prior versions of Windows Vista Business.

Did you know – You can use any legal media to "downgrade" if you have downgrade licenses associated with your license type

Windows Desktop OS Installation and Use Rights – OEM
  • You may install and use one copy of the software on the licensed device
  • OEM Windows Desktop OS must come pre-installed on a new PC
  • You have limited downgrade rights – OEM Windows Vista Business and Ultimate may downgrade to XP Pro 32 bit/64bit or tablet PC only
  • Attaching Software Assurance within 90days of OEM purchase gives you Windows Vista Enterprise or Ultimate
  • OEM Windows Desktop OS in OEM is a FULL License, not upgrade
  • OEM Windows XP Pro Licenses may be downgraded to Windows 2000 Pro, Windows 98 Second edition and Windows 95
  • OEM Windows Vista Business and Ultimate may be downgraded to Windows XP Pro 32 bit, 64bit or Tablet PC edition only
  • No other editions have downgrade rights in OEM
Windows Desktop OS Installation and Use Rights – FPP
  • You may install and use one copy of the software on the licensed device
  • You generally do not have any downgrade rights
  • You have re-assignment and transfer rights, usually one-time transfer in the End User License Agreement
  • Windows Desktop OS in FPP is a FULL License, there is also an upgrade option
  • Attaching Software Assurance gives you Windows Vista Enterprise or Ultimate

* Windows Desktop OS Upgrade licenses purchased via VL are TIED to the original device, the same as OEM, only Software Assurance can be re-assigned to a new PC, and under specific criteria, I will cover this in more detail in the Software Assurance high-light

 

The core offering in volume licensing is Windows Vista BUSINESS, attach SA to this offering and it becomes Windows Vista Enterprise or Ultimate……

Windows SA Attach – PROMOTION

For a limited time (February 1, 2009 – June 30, 2009), customers who purchased Windows Business or Professional Licenses with new PCs through OEMs after July 31, 2008 but more than 90 days prior, will be allowed to acquire Software Assurance coverage for those licenses. This promotion is applicable for the following programs and for the following Microsoft Windows products only:

 

• Open Value and Open License programs only
• Windows XP Professional (32 bit or 64 bit)
• Windows XP Professional N
• Windows Tablet PC edition
• Windows XP Professional Blade PC Edition
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Blade PC Edition
• Windows Vista Ultimate

 

Upgrade or OEM Licenses acquired prior to August 1, 2008 are ineligible for SA coverage under this promotion. Similarly, after June 30, 2009, OEM licenses acquired more than 90 days prior, are ineligible for SA coverage under this promotion.

 

Please see the Product List for complete details.

 

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6 Comments

  1. I have a laptop that comes with Vista Home Premium. It was damaged and repair charges quoted was too high for me to go ahead with. Can I transfer the license to another computer instead?

  2. If this license came preinstalled on the laptop then it is OEM and is tied to the original device and cannot be transferred or re-assigned, if this device is within manufacturer warrenty you should seek clarification from them on repair policyCheersEmma

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