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  1. Is windows 10 OEM Win10 pro eligible for virtualization without breaking terms of use?


    Hello,I have read about windows licenses over the past day, however I don't feel like the information on the internet is quite informative.Therefore I hope to find someone who knows about licensing terms for windows :I have a PC that came with an OEM Windows 10 license.Can I without breaking any terms of agreement install my own virutal envoirement via hyper-V etc.If so how many can I install?I have read that I need to buy some VDA,E3,E5 licensing however this PC is 100% offline.There is a local user and that's it. No RDP from local network or anything.And cannot be activated over internet or

    :)
     
    Jesper_2665, Dec 4, 2023
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  2. ic_988 Win User

    How to Windows 10 Pro OEM downgrade to Windows 7 Pro

    Understanding downgrade rights
    Updated 11/30/2016

    Important: the information on this page is intended for system builders and the downgrade rights that apply to their customers. If you are a customer of a direct OEM, please contact your OEM for more information about downgrade rights. If
    you are a direct OEM, please contact your Microsoft Account Manager.

    Downgrade and down-edition rights are an end-user right that Microsoft offers to customers for certain OEM products which meet the technical requirements for a Windows software downgrade. Downgrade rights are documented in the Microsoft Software License
    Terms that customers accept upon first running Windows and Windows Server software. Thanks to downgrade rights, end users who have acquired a later version of the software (such as Windows 10 Pro or Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard) can use an earlier version
    of the software until they are ready to migrate to a later version technology.

    If a product includes downgrade rights, the license terms for that product will indicate which earlier versions of the software may be used.

    Downgrade rights will vary depending on if the software was acquired via volume licensing, OEMs, or full packaged product (FPP).

    Downgrade rights for Windows software
    The following OEM versions of Windows software are eligible for downgrade rights.

    Windows 10 Pro includes downgrade rights to:

    • Windows 8.1 Pro
    • Windows 7

      Professional

    Windows 8.1 Pro includes downgrade rights to:

    • Windows 7 Professional
    • Windows Vista Business

    Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate include downgrade rights to:

    • Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate
    • Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, or Windows XP x64 Edition
    Note Other OEM Windows 7 versions (for example, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium) do not include downgrade rights.

    Note downgrade rights are only available as long as Microsoft provides support for that earlier version, as outlined in the
    Windows lifecycle fact sheet.

    Steps for an end user to downgrade Windows software

    To downgrade eligible Windows software, end users must:

    • Purchase a PC preinstalled with Windows software.
    • Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.
    • Perform the downgrade process to the eligible downgrade product using the media/key from a genuine, previously licensed OEM or retail product.
    The downgrade process

    Follow these steps to downgrade to an earlier version of Windows software:

    • Use genuine Windows media and a corresponding product key for the version of Windows that is eligible for downgrade. The media/key should come from a previously licensed product from the OEM or retail channel.
    • End users who are licensed separately through Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) may provide their VL media and key to a system builder to facilitate the downgrade on their own systems.
    • Insert the downgrade-eligible version of Windows media and follow the installation instructions.
    • Enter the product key.
    • If the software was previously activated, it cannot be activated online. In this case, the appropriate local Activation Support phone number will be displayed. Call the number and explain the circumstances. When it is determined that the end user has an
      eligible Windows license, the customer service representative will provide a single-use activation code to activate the software. Please note that Microsoft does not provide a full product key in this scenario.
    • Activate the software.
    For scenarios involving large volume downgrades, end users are encouraged to consider VL which provides the benefits of reimaging rights and volume activation, which can make the process of downgrading much easier.

    Authorizing a third party to exercise downgrade rights for an end user

    Because downgrade rights apply to end users, they are not designed for third-party facilitation, which has many complications. Also, such facilitation is not suitable for carrying out on a large scale.
     
    ic_988, Dec 4, 2023
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  3. Win7 Pro (OEM) to Win10

    Thanks Andre.

    Just as I knew...

    My original question was why I wasn't able to chose Win10 Pro when using the MCT from within Win7 Pro OEM. I'm guessing my original suggestions were correct?

    Henry
     
    HenryHonda, Dec 4, 2023
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  4. Is windows 10 OEM Win10 pro eligible for virtualization without breaking terms of use?

    Can the serial number of Windows 10 Pro be installed on Windows 8.1 Pro

    Here is the information about Downgrade rights. It is an old Microsoft link which they removed but the information still apples>

    Device Partner Center

    Downgrade rights for Windows software
    The following OEM versions of Windows software are eligible for downgrade rights.

    [table][tr][td]Windows 10 Pro includes downgrade rights to:
    • Windows 8.1 Pro
    • Windows 7 Professional
    [/td][td]Windows 8.1 Pro includes downgrade rights to:
    • Windows 7 Professional
    • Windows Vista Business
    [/td][td]Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate include downgrade rights to:
    • Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate
    • Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, or Windows XP x64 Edition
    Note Other OEM Windows 7 versions (for example, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium) do not include downgrade rights.[/td][/tr][/table]

    Note downgrade rights are only available as long as Microsoft provides support for that earlier version,
    as outlined in the
    Windows lifecycle fact sheet
    .

    Steps for an end user to downgrade Windows software
    To downgrade eligible Windows software, end users must:

    • Purchase a PC preinstalled with Windows software.
    • Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.
    • Perform the downgrade process to the eligible downgrade product using the media/key from a genuine, previously licensed OEM or retail product.

    And the OEM handles this.

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    Bill Smithers, Dec 4, 2023
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