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B r i e f Downgrade Rights - MicrosoftVolume Licensing Programs, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) License, and Full Packaged Product (FPP

) License February2011
Volume Licensing Programs

Summary
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 OEM and retail FPP license rights.

What¶s New in this Brief
y y This brief replaces a previous version published in October 2010. Significant changes in this new version: o Updated FAQregardingdowngrade rightsto Office Enterprise 2007 and Office Small Business Edition 2007

Details
Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements include references to specific rights to use any prior versions of licensed Microsoft software. These rights are often referred to as ³downgrade rights´. Microsoft makes a distinction between the term ³version´ and ³edition´ when referring to product licenses.The term ³edition´ means different functional offerings within a product family that are usually released at the same time (i.e., Office Professional Plus 2010 and Office Standard 2010).The term ³version´ refers to different generations of a product family. Downgrade rights between the current generation (N), the prior generation (N-1) and the generation prior to that (N-2) are limited to the same functional editions within each version (i.e., Windows 7 Enterprise downgrades to Windows Vista Enterprise). For more information about access to prior product versions please see the Fulfillment information section of Microsoft.com/Licensing here: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existingcustomers/fulfillment.aspx. The following table compares Volume Licensing downgrade rights with those provided under OEMand retail (FPP) licenses. Downgrade Rights for Software Acquired through Volume Licensing Programs, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), and Full Packaged Product (FPP), by Product Pool Software License Agreement Type Volume Licensing Programs Application Software Downgrade rights are granted with all application software licenses acquired through the Volume Licensing programs. Downgrade rights are granted in connection with all application software licenses acquired through System Software Downgrade rights are granted with all system software licenses acquired through the Volume Licensingprograms. Downgrade rights are granted in connection with system software licenses acquired 1 Server Software Downgrade rights are granted with all server software licenses acquired through the Volume Licensingprograms. Downgrade rights are granted in connection with all server software licenses acquired

Licenses Enrolled in Software Assurance

The OEM License Terms for OEM versions of application software do not grant downgrade rights. Windows 7 Ultimate. FPP. OEMMicrosoft Software License Terms Rights to OEM versions of application software are granted in the OEM License Terms.See the full text of the applicable OEM License Terms for the specific downgrade rights. See the full text of the OEM License Terms for the specific downgrade rights. Rights to server software are granted in the OEM License Terms. Please refer to the FPP license terms for complete details. Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate operating systems grant downgrade rights. FPP. and OEM and enrolled in Software Assurance coverage. The OEM License Terms for most OEM versions released with or after Windows Server2003 R2 allow for the end user to downgrade to an earlier version. and OEM and enrolled in Software Assurance coverage. Please refer to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Product List for current information about which retail and OEM Server Software qualify for enrollment in Software Assurancewithin 90 daysfrom the date the licenses are acquired. Some Server products offer downgrade rights. Server Software through Volume Licensing. Please refer to the FPP license terms for complete details 2 . Please refer to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Product List for current information about which retail and OEM System Software qualify for enrollment in Software Assurancewithin 90 daysfrom the date the licenses are acquired. FPP. System Software through Volume Licensing. Rights to OEM versions of system software are granted in the OEM License Terms.New products that do not have earlier versions do not allow an end user to downgrade. FPP Microsoft Software License Terms Downgrade rights are not granted under most FPP application licenses. Please refer to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Product List for current information about which retail and OEM applications qualify for enrollment in Software Assurancewithin 90 daysfrom the date the licenses are acquired. The OEM License Terms for Windows 7Professional. and OEM and enrolled in Software Assurance coverage.Software License Agreement Type Application Software Volume Licensing. Please refer to the FPP license terms for complete details Downgrade rights are not granted under FPP system licenses.

you may use these prior software versions at your discretion. Windows 7 Home Basic.Office Professional 2000.com/licensing/about-licensing/productlicensing. or OEM (which includes system builder hologram CD.com/licensing/existing-customers/fulfillment. or Windows 7 Home Premium. Note: In addition to VLSC download software access. 3 .aspx. OfficeProfessional 97. or Office Professional 4. Where can I confirm my specific downgrade rightsand eligible versions to downgrade? Downgrade rights (rights to use any prior version) are granted as part of all the Volume Licensing Agreements.You can use the following media for your downgrade: Volume Licensing media (provided the end user has a Volume Licensing agreement). Use of the downgraded operating system is governed by the Windows 7 or Windows Vista License Terms for the original product pre-installed on the PC. the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) provides download access only to the current (N) and the priorversion (N-1) of products. all Volume Licensing customers can choose to purchase physical media (CD/DVD) copies of their licensed software through their Microsoft reseller.microsoft. Can I downgrade my OEM version of Windows 7 Professionalto Windows Vista Business or Windows XPProfessional? Yes. provided the software is acquired in accordance with the Microsoft OEM System Builder License).3 versions. If you have legally-obtained physical media (CD/DVD) of olderMicrosoft products which your organization is currently licensed to use through downgrade rights. Office Professional 95. Therefore. downgrade to Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2007 as that is a different product and not considered a prior version of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. For more information about access to prior product versions please see the Fulfillment information section of Microsoft. however. Please referto the Microsoft Product List for particulardowngrade paths for your products. The Product List is available here: http://www.Frequently Asked Questions My organization has a Volume Licensing agreement.Office Professional XP.microsoft. OEM versions of Windows 7 Professional may be downgraded to either Windows Vista Business or Windows XP Professional.aspx#tab=2. I need to downgrade to a prior version of a Microsoft product my organization licenses through Volume Licensing. There are no downgrade rights granted for Windows 7 Starter.only one Windows product can be used at a time. What can I downgradeto? Downgrade rights in Volume Licensing programs provide you with the right to downgrade to any prior version of the same product. I have Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. retail (FPP).You cannot use both the licensed Windows product and the downgrade product. You cannot. in general. Office Professional Enterprise 2003.Howdo I get prior versionsof products? While you have the right to downgrade products.com/Licensing here: http://www. Similar end user downgrade rights are provided for the following Windows operating systems pre-installed on a new PC (OEM versions): y Windows 7 Professional Edition y Windows 7 Ultimate Edition y Windows Vista Business Edition y Windows Vista Ultimate Edition Yourability to downgrade to a prior version of Windows is stated in the License Termsfor these products. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 can be downgraded to the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007.

Office Professional Plus 2010 users cannot use earlier versions of OneNote and Groove via downgrade rights. Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 contains several additional components that were not available in any Office 2003 suite. or Windows 95 operating system.51. Since I can no longer purchase Multilanguage User Interface (MUI) for Windows outside of Software Assurance. 4 .0. Customers that acquire rights to MUI on their new Windows 7 PCs through Windows 7 Enterprise in Software Assurance are permitted to use prior MUI versions of the Windows operating system. be able to downgrade to Windows 7Home Basic or Windows 7Home Premium.No other downgrades from Office Professional Plus 2010 to Office Small Business Edition 2007 are permitted. Which Microsoft Office 2010 suites are eligible to downgrade to Office Enterprise 2007 and Office Small Business Edition 2007? Only Software Assurance customers who have exclusively deployed Office Enterprise 2007 (i.e. If I have a license for Office Enterprise 2007. You would not. Downgrade rights grant the end user with the right to use prior versions of Microsoft software. Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise/Datacenter. which can be downgraded to Windows Vista Business. I have Windows 7 Enterprise. Only Software Assurance customers who have exclusively deployed Office Small Business Edition 2007 (i. Windows 2000 Professional. Windows XP Professional.No other downgrades from Office Professional Plus 2010 to Office Enterprise 2007 are permitted. since these products are not part of earlier versions of the suite (i. can I downgrade and use MUI versions of the Windows operating system under my Windows 7 Professional Software Assurance if I downgrade my PC to Windows XP Professional? Yes. Customers licensed for use of Windows 7 Enterprise are generally licensed for Windows 7Professional. however. not other editions of the software released at the same time unless explicitly stated in the Product Use Rights or Product List (i. then what can I downgrade to? Customers who are licensed for Office Enterprise 2007 can downgrade to Office Professional Plus 2003 plus the Microsoft Office OneNote2003 note-taking program. Office Enterprise 2007 licensees who had licensed Microsoft Office Groove 3. may also use Office Groove 3.e.e. SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise/Datacenter)... Additionally. are not using any other edition of Office in their organization) and who need additional seats of Office Enterprise 2007 may purchase licenses for Office Professional Plus 2010 and downgrade to Office Enterprise 2007.. OneNote 2007 and Groove 2007 are not included with Office Professional Plus 2007). Windows 98. What can I downgrade to? Downgrade rights in Volume Licensing agreementsprovide youwith the right to downgrade to any prior version of the same product.e. I have licensed Office Professional Plus 2010 through a Volume Licensing agreement.1 as a downgraded component. 2006.In addition. Can I downgrade it to Office Standard 2010 or Office Standard 2007? No. are not using any other edition of Office in their organization) and who need additional seats of Office Small Business Edition 2007 may purchase licenses for Office Professional Plus 2010 and downgrade to Office Small Business Edition 2007.1 and held Office Groove maintenance that was active on July 1. Windows NT 3. or other consumer (Full Packaged Product ± FPP) versions of Windows asthey are different product editions and not prior versions of Windows 7 Professional. Customers choosing to downgrade and use these components must use them on the same device in the same manner they would use the components in the version of the suite for which they acquired a license. Windows NT 4. Windows 7 Enterprise can be downgraded to Windows Vista Enterprise.

Prices for licenses acquired through Microsoft resellers are determined by the reseller.This information is provided to help guide your authorized use of products you license. All rights reserved. which Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 R2 CAL can I downgrade to? Downgrade rights grant the end user with the right to use prior versions of Microsoft software. Downgrade rights in Volume Licensing agreements provide customers with the right to downgrade to any prior version of the same product. it is not your agreement. I donot have Software Assurance. CanI downgrade it to Visio Professional 2007? No.There are no downgrade rights for this product as there are no prior versions. However. I have licensed Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites Standard. Your use of products licensed under your volume license agreement is governed by the terms and conditions of that agreement.Since Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL is a new product without a prior version. In the case of any conflict between this information and your agreement. If I purchase Microsoft Lync Server 2010 CALs. 5 .Therefore. EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. IN THIS DOCUMENT. the terms and conditions of your agreement control. so downgrade rights do not apply. not other editions of the software released at the same time unless explicitly stated in the Product Use Rights or Product List. Lync Server 2010 Standard and Enterprise CAL can be downgraded to the OCS 2007 R2 Standard and Enterprise CALs. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES. Visio Premium 2010 is a new product without a prior version. downgrade rights do not apply to it.I have licensedMicrosoft Visio Premium 2010 through a Volume Licensing agreement. Only Software Assurance customers who licensed Visio Professional 2007may continue to use Visio Professional 2007under those licenses despite their Software Assurance migration rights Visio Premium 2010. respectively. Which version can I downgrade to? SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites Standard is a new product. © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. This document is for informational purposes only.