We don't have a Volume license at the school I work at, and I don't want to enter into one either. The only licenses we have are the OEM ones we buy with the machines, so what else was I supposed to use? Microsoft couldn't answer that question.
If you have a MS schools agreement, with the relavent option (I can't remember which one - you'll have to check!), then it covers you for OS upgrades, so that you can install 9x, 200x, XP, Vista, or 7 (at some point soon) for OEM licensed machine.
However, it's an upgrade only option, so you need an OEM license of some sort to start with (even XP Home will do).
So they told me at the Viglen licensing workshop
We have bought machines in the past supplied with OEM licences only to re-image them with VL so we're paying for it twice!? many suppliers don't sell machines without OS's. I Think microsoft could atleast send us sum free mice and keyboards or t-shirts and mugs if were really paying twice for the same software
Wow... a thread back from the dead.
Sparkeh is right, that does break the EULA... however, if you have a Vista Business or Ultimate license you are entitled to do a downgrade, and Microsoft decided (bizarrely) that you're allowed to do this using any XP key. So if that's what you're doing, you're ok.
I've done tons of them, as have the reseller I used to work for (a Microsoft Gold Partner if I remember rightly). It's kosher, honest! 30 activations from one key though? That's gotta be a record
Sadly you can't downgrade Vista Home/Basic/Whatever it's called for free. You can get a free upgrade to Ubuntu if you want though
This document should do you I think; the paragraph below being the relevant thing.
Can I downgrade my OEM version of Windows Vista Business to Windows XP Professional?
Yes. OEM downgrade rights for desktop PC operating systems apply to Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate as stated in the License Terms. Please note, OEM downgrade versions of Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate are limited to Windows*XP Professional (including Windows*XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows*XP x64 Edition). End users can use the following media for their downgrade: Volume Licensing media (provided the end user has a Volume Licensing agreement), retail (FPP), or system builder hologram CD (provided the software is acquired in accordance with the Microsoft OEM System Builder License). Use of the downgraded operating system is governed by the Windows Vista Business License Terms, and the end user cannot use both the downgrade operating system and Windows Vista Business. There are no downgrade rights granted for Windows Vista Home Basic or Windows Vista Home Premium.
In other words, if you've got a PC with an OEM XP Pro COA on it and you have the disk, you can use that.
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