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Licensing Brief - Downgrade Rights

Applies to all Volume Licensing Programs

Summary

This licensing brief helps explain the downgrade rights for the most commonly acquired systems License Terms granted by Microsoft Volume Licensing programs and how they compare with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and retail full-package product (FPP) license rights.

What’s New in this Brief?

This brief replaces a previous version published in September 2012. Significant changes in this brief include updates to reflect the launches of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Downgrade Rights (PDF, 285 KB)

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