Licensing Brief - Operating System License Requirements: Initial Operating System and Transfer of License

Applies to all Volume Licensing Programs


This licensing brief provides an explanation of Microsoft operating system license requirements for initial operating systems, the transfer of licenses, and the reassignment of licenses.

What's New in this Brief

  • This brief replaces a previous version published in March 2008.

  • Significant changes in this new version include the new Volume Activation 2.0 section.

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