Transferring microsoft OEM, FPP and VLSC license RRS feed

  • Question

  • We had purchased Microsoft licenses like OS, Office, Visual Studio, SQL server etc. from the local reseller. Some of them are OEM, FPP and also some are Open Licenses purchased through Volume Licensing Service Center.

    All the above said licenses were purchased in the name of company1. Now, my companies whole business has been acquired by another company called company2.

    But, all the software and hardware resources remain same. So, now all the licenses were purchased in the name of company1 to be transferred to company2.

    I found that Open Licenses can be transferred by filling up this form and submit to Microsoft.

    Also I found that OEM , FPP and volume licenses can be transferred under some conditions here

    But what are the procedures to do that ?

    In case of OEM and FPP transfer whether it is necessary to change details of invoice.

    Where I can find complete steps to transfer Microsoft OEM , FPP and volume licenses ?

    Please help

    Saturday, April 23, 2016 7:48 AM


  • Hello,

    Based on my research, the golden rule for Microsoft volume license transfers is that the licensee cannot transfer volume licenses until those licenses are perpetual—that is, no transfer until the license fee is fully paid. However, even once the licenses have been fully paid, Microsoft pre-approves transfers only in connection with divestitures, mergers, or consolidation events, or an assignment to a licensee’s identified affiliates. (Under most standard Microsoft volume license agreements, affiliates are defined as entities under common control which is defined as shared ownership holding 50% ownership interest.) To effectuate a transfer under these narrow circumstances, the licensee must notify Microsoft of the transfer using the Perpetual License Transfer Form, or else the purported transfer is void. ownership of a perpetual license prior to transfer—also rules out transfer of Enterprise Subscription licenses because the licensee receives no perpetual license under the Subscription. So, unless a licensee executes a buy-out at the end of the Enterprise Subscription, it has no right to transfer, even if the assignment or transfer otherwise fits into one of Microsoft’s pre-approved situations.

    Here are two links for your reference, hope this helps.

    Program Deep Dive – OEM and FPP Overview – Re-imaging/Downgrade Rights for OEM and FPP


    In addition, your issue seems not related with System Center Service Manager, for license issue, you may contact Microsoft volume licensing service center:



    Yan Li

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    • Proposed as answer by Yan Li_ Friday, April 29, 2016 9:14 AM
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