Worrying Activation Problem
We have just bought some new laptops (Samsung NP355V5C). These are the first lot we have bought that have come pre-installed with Windows 8. As we have a Microsoft EES agreement I assumed I would be able to deploy Windows 7 on them and volume activate them like I do with everything else.
This has failed. The error says: Volume-licensed systems require upgrading from a qualifying operating system. I wondered how the laptop could possibly know what operating system it came with once the hard disk had been wiped, but apparently it knows from the BIOS (Something called an ACPI_SLIC). See this support page: You receive an error message when you try to activate Windows Vista or Windows 7 on a computer that was obtained from an OEM
So my questions are:
Is it legal to install Windows 7 Enterprise on a laptop that came with Windows 8 OEM? I thought it was under an EES agreement.
Assuming it is legal, is there any way I can get these to volume activate? I'm worried that if more and more laptops come with these chips, it will become impossible to activate Windows 7 on anything.
Hoping I've missed something obvious and there is an easy way around this.