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Can you help me with my software licensing question?

Hi Guys,

I realise I'm probably on a fools errand, but I gotta ask: is there any way to obtain valid, legitimate XP Pro licences?

I've recently purchased a new SBS2008 server. My 3 XP-Pro machines will connect to the domain without problems... unfortunately, I've also got two laptops both running home editions of windows (1 XP, 1 Vista) to contend with.

Windows 7 is out of the question, given the age of the machines. Running them off the domain is also out of the question.

If anyone has any ideas, I'd be highly appreciative.


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marked as duplicate by RobM, Ben Pilbrow, ThatGraemeGuy, Scott Pack, Tom O'Connor Feb 1 '11 at 18:55

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your best best is to contact a Microsoft reseller, they will know the best option. – Ben Pilbrow Feb 1 '11 at 8:27
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Buy Windows 7 Pro licenses. They come with downgrade rights to XP Pro. If you purchase them through Volume Licensing, you get XP Pro download and keys.

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I'm assuming this is valid world-wide? (I'm in Australia) – Dan Cheail Feb 1 '11 at 8:23
It is. Mostly because there still is a LOT of stupid software in the enterprise marketplace that was not upgarded by developers to actually run under XP. – TomTom Feb 1 '11 at 8:38

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