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Can you help me with my software licensing question?

We've got volume license for xp professional upgrade. My predecessor thought that was enough to be compliant.

We can't buy xp anymore, but can 7 serve as basis for the volume license?

Another question: Do we, for compliance, have to physically install windows first (retail license/copy), and then remove it and then install the volume license upgrade? Or is it enough to buy (and keep) enough copies of the retail version?

marked as duplicate by ThatGraemeGuy, Sven, Ben Pilbrow, John Gardeniers, jscott Feb 15 '11 at 11:51

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I'd love to give you a 'black and white' answer for this but it depends very much on your region, country and existing licencing arrangement you may already have - there's really no 'one size fits' all answer I'm sorry - you're going to have to speak to MS directly :(


You should call your microsoft advisor who can give you the correct and up-to-date information.

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