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Microsoft OEM licensing - Downgradable Option RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi There,

    Please provide a response to the following queries,

    1. Can we downgrade OEM desktop operating system licenses? (For instance Windows 7 Ultimate/Professional to Windows XP Professional)
    2. If yes, can we downgrade the OEM desktop OS with a genuine previously licensed OS from another OEM machine (For instance, downgrading a Windows 7 Professional OEM machine with a Windows XP Professional OS using the media/key from another Windows XP OEM machine)
    3.  If yes, is there a  defined process/procedure for downgrading the OEM desktop OS licenses with another OEM OS license?

    Thank you in advance

    Cheers 

    Arun

    Friday, May 8, 2015 11:00 AM

All replies

  • This is a licensing question, not really an MDT question. You can't use the license of one machine on another machine, not legally anyway. As for downgrade rights, that depends on your OEM

    http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/what_to_do_downgrade_rights.aspx#fbid=AMTv1oM8fz7

    XP is no longer supported so I'd wager you probably don't have the rights to drop down to XP.


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    • Proposed as answer by Dan_Vega Monday, May 11, 2015 3:33 PM
    Friday, May 8, 2015 2:12 PM
  • This is a licensing question, not really an MDT question. You can't use the license of one machine on another machine, not legally anyway. As for downgrade rights, that depends on your OEM

    http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/what_to_do_downgrade_rights.aspx#fbid=AMTv1oM8fz7

    XP is no longer supported so I'd wager you probably don't have the rights to drop down to XP.


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    That depends on your country.

    Things are much more different over here in Europe, several parts of the EULA are not valid for us as they are incompatible with European law.

    In Germany OEM licenses are NOT locked to a specific machine (this was already decided by high courts in 2000), they rather behave like SystemBuilder licenses.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:08 PM