Original Equipment Manufacturer – OEM
- Sold by large PC Manufacturers
- OEM Fully supports the customer, so any issues with the hardware or software, you need to call the OEM
- Can also be purchased by System Builders, once system builder "breaks the seal" they are responsible for the support and EULA T&Cs
- Full version only, no upgrades
- Must be pre-installed by the OEM or System Builder in the case of Desktop OS and Desktop Applications, Server OS is optional pre-install
- Product Activation is required either on the web or over the phone
- Both Windows and Office can be enrolled into Software Assurance within 90 days
- OEM has restrictive rights, no transfer, no re-assignment, limited downgrade*
- OEM Software licenses Live and die with the hardware
Did you know: You must buy a new licence if the motherboard is replaced, a new licence is not required if the motherboard is replaced under warranty by the OEM
Fully Packaged Product – FPP
- Sold by retail outlets
- Supported directly by Microsoft
- Typically 1 box = 1 license
- Manuals, End User License Agreement and CD/DVD in the box
- Full Version, Upgrades available
- Product Activation is required either on the web or over the phone
- Windows Desktop OS can be enrolled into SA, Office CANNOT be enrolled into SA
- FPP can be transferred and re-assigned
OEM Downgrade Rights
Downgrades for products purchased under OEM are limited, please see the table below:
Did you know: If you have purchased OEM Windows Vista Business or Ultimate and need to run Windows 2000, 98 or 95, attach SA, this permits extended downgrade rights for the Desktop OS, you will need to source your own media and keys for downgrading
FPP Downgrade Rights
FPP typically has NO downgrade rights associated for Desktop OS or Desktop Applications, there are exceptions for some of the Server products which permit installation of the prior version in place of the licensed version, always check the retail EULA for the do’s and don’t’s
OEM/FPP Re-imaging Rights
Re-imaging is the copying of software onto multiple devices from one standard image.
Customers may re-image OEM or FPP licensed copies using media provided under their Volume Licensing agreement.
However, there are certain conditions to using the volume licensing media for re-imaging software previously installed either by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or from full packaged product (FPP).
You cannot purchase a FULL Desktop OS license in Volume Licensing its an upgrade only, so you MUST have a pre-existing OEM or FPP Desktop OS on the machine, if you have purchased Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate you may downgrade and re-image those machines in accordance with the conditions set out below, please see the section on Office OEM/FPP, it CANNOT be downgrade or re-imaged using VL media
Conditions – Very very important
Windows Vista Business or Ultimate or XP Pro purchased via OEM or FPP have re-imaging rights granted, no other Windows desktop OS edition/version has re-imaging rights permitted in the EULA This means you can use the any legal media including the VL media from your Open/Select or EA program to re-image OEM/FPP Desktop OS to a standard VL build, provided you meet the conditions below
Microsoft Volume Licensing programs do not offer licenses for the full version of Microsoft Windows® desktop operating system, the media for both the full version of the operating system are available under those programs. Re-imaging using the full version media requires that customers have licensed the Microsoft Windows desktop operating system either pre-installed through the OEM, or as FPP retail product. A volume licensing customer can use their volume licensing media to re-image their Microsoft Windows desktop operating system from an OEM provided that it is the same version and product as that on the Certificate of Authenticity label that came with the PC.
Key Notes on this: If you want to use VL media and VL Key to re-image your OEM Desktop OS you need to have an active Systems Pool or have had an active systems pool, an active system pool means you have purchased at least 1 Windows Upgrade Licenses and a VL Key has been generated on your agreement, if you DO NOT, then you need to follow the info below
- You purchase Windows Upgrade licenses under your Select/EA/Campus/OV/School agreement, this will generate a VLK that you can use to re-image ALL the Windows Vista Business/ultimate OEM/FPP PCs you own to VL Windows Vista Business or XP Pro
- You purchase at least one license under your Open License authorization number, this will generate a VLK that you can use to re-image ALL the Windows Vista Business/ultimate OEM/FPP PCs you own to VL Windows Vista Business or XP Pro
- Product Activation team can generate VL Keys were necessary 0800 0188 354, Keys are found on MVLS and eOpen
Did you know: If you have an earlier or alternative edition/version of the Windows Desktop OS to the editions with re-imaging rights associated, you can purchase a VL Upgrade license for each machine you want to re-image
Did you know: Attaching SA to EACH OEM/FPP Desktop OS permits you to install and/or image to Windows Vista ENTERPRISE, no SA means you re-image to Windows Vista Business or downgrade and image to XP Pro 32/64bit or Tablet PC edition
Office purchased via OEM or FPP has NO re-imaging and no downgrade rights granted, you cannot purchase OEM Office Pro 2007 and re-image with VL Office Pro Plus 2007, this does not meet the conditions set out below, they do not have the same components
Examples that do not meet the eligibility criteria for re-imaging are:
- Different products
- Microsoft Office Professional Plus Edition 2007 and Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2007 are not the same product, therefore you cannot re-image in this example. Additionally Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Home Premium are not the same product, therefore you cannot re-image in this example.
- Different components – Suites such as Microsoft Office must have exactly the same component products (e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook®, etc.).
- Microsoft Office Professional 2007 licensed via the OEM, System Builder or FPP channel and Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 licensed via Microsoft Volume Licensing are not the same product, nor do they do share the same components, therefore you cannot re-image in this example.
- Different language
- English and Multi-lingual User Interface Packs are not the same language, therefore you cannot re-image in this example. Also, different languages such as English and French do not meet the criteria, therefore you cannot re-image in this example.
- Different version
- Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office 2007 are not the same version, therefore you cannot re-image in this example. Windows Vista Business and Windows XP Pro are not the same version, therefore you cannot re-image in this example.
Did you know: You can attach SA to OEM Office within 90days providing the same rights as VL Office, including re-imaging, transfer and use on a TS server