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    Windows 8 downgrade rights

    We have 49 PC's coming that were sold to us as coming with preinstalled windows 7, turns out we have to go through the downgrade rights process from 8.1 pro.

    Does anyone know the process that is involved for this?

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    How are you licensed? Through EES or normal licencing? Or is just a downgrade on the sticker? If so, then as I understand, you install Windows 7 Pro with any working activation code, then you ring the activation helpline and do a manual activation. We used to find a Windows 7 machine with a sticker and just use that for each downgrade.

    It is a faff, and they don't seem to have any mechanism for ordering downgrade medium or codes, as I said above they told me to use existing discs and codes!

    Of course if you are licenced then you just use the codes and medium from the VLSC

    Hope that helps

    James

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    If you plan to create single OS images using something like Ghost, WDS, MDT, FOG or Clonzilla, then you really should be purchasing volume upgrade licenses, either EES or Academic Select, in addition to the supplied OEM licenses. The volume upgrade licenses include downgrade rights to pretty much any previous professional version of Windows at least back as far as XP.

    Imaging without a proper volume licensed copy of Windows is something of a faff and not recommended. You need individual activation codes for each PC instead of one volume code in the image for all PCs (or a KMS/MAK server). The thought of building 49 machines without using any type of imaging tech makes me shiver

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    If you plan to create single OS images using something like Ghost, WDS, MDT, FOG or Clonzilla, then you really should be purchasing volume upgrade licenses, either EES or Academic Select, in addition to the supplied OEM licenses. The volume upgrade licenses include downgrade rights to pretty much any previous professional version of Windows at least back as far as XP.

    Imaging without a proper volume licensed copy of Windows is something of a faff and not recommended. You need individual activation codes for each PC instead of one volume code in the image for all PCs (or a KMS/MAK server). The thought of building 49 machines without using any type of imaging tech makes me shiver

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    If you have any Windows Volume License media/license key you can use it to re-image PCs with Windows OEM license. See here:

    Microsoft Volume Licensing Brief - Reimaging Licensed Microsoft Software by Using Volume Licensing Media

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidYoung View Post
    If you have any Windows Volume License media/license key you can use it to re-image PCs with Windows OEM license. See here:

    Microsoft Volume Licensing Brief - Reimaging Licensed Microsoft Software by Using Volume Licensing Media
    Just to be clear - you do need to purchase volume upgrade licenses for the machines being imaged in order to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidYoung View Post
    If you have any Windows Volume License media/license key you can use it to re-image PCs with Windows OEM license. See here:

    Microsoft Volume Licensing Brief - Reimaging Licensed Microsoft Software by Using Volume Licensing Media
    Just to be clear - you do need to purchase volume upgrade licenses for the machines being imaged in order to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Just to be clear - you do need to purchase volume upgrade licenses for the machines being imaged in order to do this.
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    (Note: each device being reimaged does not need to be licensed under VL as long as they are properly licensed for the edition and version being reimaged onto them).

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