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Licensing brief: Downgrade rights

Applies to all Volume Licensing programs


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 December 2014. It has been updated to reflect Windows 10 licensing.

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