• Specific Microsoft Licensing Topics

    Acquiring PCs preinstalled with genuine Microsoft Windows software is a smart move. Using your Volume License to install the initial Microsoft Windows license on a new PC is not the right choice and will put your company at risk of violating its Volume Licensing agreement.

    To access our library of volume licensing documents that provide up-to-date information on a wide range of specific licensing topics, click here.


  • Windows Desktop Licensing Tips

    Tip 1

    Each PC needs to have its own full Windows desktop license

    With the introduction of Windows 8.1, there are two ways to legally acquire the initial full version of Windows. The first is preinstalled on a PC through a PC manufacturer or system builder—this is the most cost-effective way to get a Windows license on a new PC. The second way to legally acquire the initial full version is through retail stores as a full packaged product.

    Microsoft Volume Licensing programs such as Open License, Select License, and Enterprise Agreements cover Windows upgrades only and do not provide a full Windows desktop license.

    When the license is intended for business use (except for academic institutions), the license that is acquired preinstalled or through a full package product must be a Windows Professional version.

    Tip 2

    Many organizations are at risk for unlicensed Windows desktops

    Understanding key facts about software licensing will help your organization avoid inadvertent licensing mistakes.

    Tip 3

    There are Microsoft solutions available to help your organization with Windows desktop licensing issues

    If your organization discovers it has unlicensed or non-genuine Windows desktop software and wants to become compliant, Microsoft has a portfolio of solutions available to help your organization get properly licensed, including online solutions and solutions available through your reseller. You can contact your Microsoft reseller for more information or click here.