James thinks he's saved the company a bundle of money by ordering PCs without operating systems. When he tells Tim, the company's IT specialist, James soon discovers that he cannot use the company's volume license software to install operating systems only upgrades. So instead of saving money, he's put the company at risk. When the company boss finds out, Tim could be in big trouble...
Know the Facts
It's simple. When purchasing a new PC, there are only two ways to obtain a full Windows® Client OS license:
Preinstalled by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
Full Packaged Product (FPP) from a retailer
There is a significant cost savings when you acquire Windows pre-installed on a new or replacement computer, rather than purchasing it after the fact through the retail channel.
Key facts about proper Windows Licensing
Customers tell us they would like more clarity around Windows licensing. Fortunately, you can significantly reduce your chances of unknowingly violating your Volume License Agreement simply by keeping a couple of key facts in mind. Just remember:
Volume License Agreements cover Windows upgrades only. Windows upgrades are designed to upgrade previously acquired qualifying licenses. There must be a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) on all your PCs before you install the upgrade.
There are two ways to acquire Windows: preinstalled on a new PC through a PC manufacturer or as full packaged retail product
To learn more about the best way to get Windows on your new PCs,