|Windows 8.1 Downgrade Rights|
Microsoft Windows 8.1 will come with downgrade rights to let
customers replace the new version of Windows with an older version
without having to pay for two licenses.
If you purchase a new Compucon PC with a Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional OEM license you may exercise your downgrade rights and use one of the following earlier versions: Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business. Windows XP will fall off Microsoft's support list in April 2014 and has not been included in the list of allowable downgrades from Windows 8.1 Pro.
The Compucon team can install Windows 7 by default for you (effectively as a factory downgrade) and supply the Windows 8.1 Pro installation media so that your customers can upgrade for free when they are ready. You must instruct our team to do so in writing and you will need to source an existing Windows 7 license key for activating Windows 7 during the OOBE (Out of Box Experience) welcome screen.
Why would customers use downgrade rights?
Example: Your customer's organization needs a new system running on the same platform as its existing systems—Windows 7 Professional.
Downgrade rights offer a practical solution. The customer can:
End User requirements
Downgrade rights are an end-user right, documented in the Software License Terms that customers accept upon first running Windows software.
Note that end user downgrade rights will be available through the sales life cycle of Windows operating systems, which is up to two years after the launch date of a new version.
This summary is intended to be a general informational overview of the downgrade rights outlined in the End User Software License Terms for the indicated Microsoft OEM system builder product. Please refer to the actual License Agreement for the precise terms and conditions that govern use of the software.
The Downgrade Process
To downgrade Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro software, customers must:
Follow these steps to downgrade to Windows 7 Professional:
Third Party requirements (e.g. Compucon or Compucon Reseller)
Provided that certain requirements are met, end users may request that another party perform the downgrade on their behalf. The following text provides a summary of how to meet those requirements, and what that process entails.
Microsoft Local Activation Support centre: