Windows XP/Vista Licensing

By tintoman ·
I recently heard of a British company (not one of my own clients) who have a small network 0f about a dozen or so XP computers.
They bought a laptop which was running Vista business edition, but they could not get their VPN software to run on Vista.
So (and this next bit is alleged) they contacted Microsoft and complained bitterly about this and were consequently "given" a free license for XP professional.
Now to me this doesn't sound at all like something Microsoft would do, so my question is has anyone else heard of this type of scenario, is it really possible to do and if so who would you speak to at Microsoft who would be able to authorise something like that?
I ask this because I have been regularly asked to remove Vista in favour of XP but I always charge them for a new license.

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I haven't tried it yet :)

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows XP/Vista Licensin ...
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I can not answer directly,

by normhaga In reply to Windows XP/Vista Licensin ...

only by implication. The EULA in Vista Business and Vista Ultimate grants the user the right to downgrade to XP at any time, that is unless the EULA has changed in the last year since I actually read it. While the EULA does state that neither MS or the HW man has to provide support, the EULA does imply that MS will have to give you a license to XP on those two versions of Vista .

Of the few cases that I have heard of MS does this by deactivating the Vista license. This is only hearsay though.

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HP/Compaq Business Notebooks

by bincarnato In reply to Windows XP/Vista Licensin ...

They are now coming with both Vista and XP recovery CDs so you can run either OS.

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