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    New Lounger
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    License Downgrade rights (XP)

    Company planning Win 2k rollout, wants to keep options open by buying Win XP licenses for new machines, but install Win 2k, claiming downgrade rights for now and avoiding upgrade fees later. Has anyone experience of this scenario, as we are getting conflicting responses from our suppliers. None disputes our right to do this, but how? What is the procedure - do we have to buy an XP license for each supplier to use on our behalf? Laptops come dual boot win2k/XP: first boot decides whether you opt for XP and its license or Win 2k in which case you have to pay to upgrade to XP later. so if we install XP (which we don't want to use initially) how do we downgrade and still keep our license for XP? What if we need to rebuild/repair the Op Sys - will the recovery CDs work or install the wrong version of Windows?

    Anyone who has been through this or has chapter and verse, please respond - we can't find any two people in the UK who can agree!

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    Re: License Downgrade rights (XP)

    The use of the Recover CD's will install the OS that came with the machine which is XP. You may also have problems with the NEW OEM hardware that is installed in these new machines. There may not be any drivers for 2K and these OEM harware devices.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: License Downgrade rights (XP)

    We had a similar issue come up with respect to 2000 server versus NT. Our dealer made inquiries, apparently at MS, and was told that it's OK to downgrade with a 2000 license, but not to upgrade to 2000 with an NT license (activation issues aside). I'm sure you can find a copyright lawyer that would dispute it, as well as others who have received contradictory information. In our case, we did the reasonably prudent thing and acted on it. It's a clearer argument than the one you're asking, because both versions are still officially on the market.

    Post what you find out...

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