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XP SP3 licence for 20,000 netbooks! RRS feed

  • Question

  • My company is ordering 20,000 Netbooks from an OEM manufacturer. To install XP SP3 they are charging an additional USD104.00 per unit. I am trying to find out if it would be cheaper for my company to purchase the XP license for 20,000 units and install them when the product is delivered! Thanks.

     

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 9:30 AM

Answers

  • Hello edpapp,

    To my knowledge, all of the Windows Volume Licensing programs provide upgrade licenses, which means that a computer having a Volume License installed must first have an original Windows license, either OEM or retail, which is the original or base license that is then being upgraded to the Volume License.

    In much of its webpage messaging regarding licensing, Microsoft repeatedly states that the most cost effective way to get Windows licenses on computers is from the OEM.

    However, for a purchase of such a large number, we would want to be absolutely sure, so my advice would be to contact a Windows Volume Licensing specialist.  Please look for the contact info on the right side of this page:  www.microsoft.com/licensing  If your organization is big enough to need 20,000 computers, it probably already has one or more contacts at Microsoft for software licensing, so maybe that would be a good place to start.

    Post back and let us know how it all turns out :-)


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    Thursday, May 13, 2010 4:30 PM

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  • Hello edpapp,

    To my knowledge, all of the Windows Volume Licensing programs provide upgrade licenses, which means that a computer having a Volume License installed must first have an original Windows license, either OEM or retail, which is the original or base license that is then being upgraded to the Volume License.

    In much of its webpage messaging regarding licensing, Microsoft repeatedly states that the most cost effective way to get Windows licenses on computers is from the OEM.

    However, for a purchase of such a large number, we would want to be absolutely sure, so my advice would be to contact a Windows Volume Licensing specialist.  Please look for the contact info on the right side of this page:  www.microsoft.com/licensing  If your organization is big enough to need 20,000 computers, it probably already has one or more contacts at Microsoft for software licensing, so maybe that would be a good place to start.

    Post back and let us know how it all turns out :-)


    Buy Office 2007 Now, Get Office 2010 Free http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/tech-guarantee/microsoft-office-2010-technology-guarantee-FX101825695.aspx?CTT=97
    Thursday, May 13, 2010 4:30 PM
  • Yes, it would be far cheaper to have the PC manufacturer preinstall Windows XP on those Netbooks.
    Carey Frisch
    Friday, May 14, 2010 5:43 PM
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