old xp licenses RRS feed

  • Question

  • I see that XP licenses are no longer for sale from Microsoft.  Our shop is currently using exclusively Windows XP professional.  We do not plan to move to Windows 7 in the foreseeable future.  Is there a way to acquire new licenses for XP?  Or if not, is there a way to get a waiver of copyright restrictions so that we can use the defunct version we have?  Or do we need to start converting our shop to Linux in the short term to cover until we are ready to move to a newer version of Windows when and if that seems prudent?


    Thank you

    Monday, November 1, 2010 4:41 PM


All replies

  • Your inquiry can be best addressed by contacting a  Microsoft Licensing Specialist directly.
    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Monday, November 1, 2010 10:58 PM
    Monday, November 1, 2010 4:57 PM
  • Hello jbmmurphy,

    OEM licenses for Windows 7 Professional confer downgrade rights to the business editions of previous Windows OSs, such as Windows Vista Business and Windows XP Professional.

    So if you are planning to purchase new computers, order them with Windows 7 Professional and downgrade them in-house to XP Professional using the media and PKs that you have handy.  You will need to do a telephonic activation if you end up having to activate duplicate XP product keys.  Before ordering, however, be sure to check whether the new hardware has XP drivers available.

    Monday, November 1, 2010 5:19 PM