locked
Windows Vista Standalone RRS feed

  • Question

  • We provide a system currently based on XP. These PC's are never connected to any form of network. I understand that Vista will require re-activation  every few months  by either connecting to the internet or to some kind of licensing server. If they do not connect, they will go into "reduced functionality" mode and eventually stop working. This is a disaster for us and our customers. How can I get round this ? It's really important.
    Friday, January 26, 2007 12:16 PM

Answers

  • If you are preinstalling Windows Vista on computers and selling the computers to end users, the only Windows Vista license you can legally install is an OEM or retail version of Windows Vista, not a volume license version.  VL licensing is non-transferrable and is meant for large businesses or business enterprises.

    Please register and visit the OEM System Builders web site: http://www.microsoft.com/oem/default.mspx

    Friday, January 26, 2007 3:17 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Utilize MAK Independent Activation: Requires each target computer to independently connect and activate against Microsoft.

    MAK activations do not have any expiration; however, reactivation might be required if there are significant changes to the hardware.

    Windows Vista Volume Activation 2.0: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/plan/faq.mspx

    Friday, January 26, 2007 2:59 PM
    Moderator
  • If I'm not mistaken, then using a volume key activation means that legally we are still the registered owners of the software. We currently use OEM versions, as the ownership then moves to the customer - i.e. the person who bought the PC. We could transfer the volume ownership, but this is very complex and requires a minimum of 5 licenses. We only need one or two. Can you do what you say with OEM versions?
    Friday, January 26, 2007 3:08 PM
  • If you are preinstalling Windows Vista on computers and selling the computers to end users, the only Windows Vista license you can legally install is an OEM or retail version of Windows Vista, not a volume license version.  VL licensing is non-transferrable and is meant for large businesses or business enterprises.

    Please register and visit the OEM System Builders web site: http://www.microsoft.com/oem/default.mspx

    Friday, January 26, 2007 3:17 PM
    Moderator
  • Yes, that's what I thought. So if I'm right, OEM versions will require periodic activation?
    Friday, January 26, 2007 3:30 PM
  • No, OEM versions of Windows Vista do not require periodic activation.
    Friday, January 26, 2007 4:06 PM
    Moderator
  • Oh - that sounds good! If we use OEM then we should be fine.
     
    Friday, January 26, 2007 4:16 PM