Is it possible to get a Winodws 7 Professional full version volume license?

Posted on 2011-03-01
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I believe the answer is no, from my understanding they only sell upgrade licenses which makes no sense to me.
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ID: 35011939
They are only "upgrade" licenses, but it is also only the Enterprise version, not Professional.

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ID: 35011942
Yes, but I think you'd have to purchase an Enterprise license.  Upgrade licenses are not that bad because most every computer comes with some Windows OS installed which can be used as the basis for the upgrade.  And just because it's an "upgrade" license doesn't mean you can't use it to install on a machine from scratch.  You just technically have to have an original Win OS installed when the machine shipped.


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ID: 35011951
@PowerEdgeTech - actually you can purchase Professional versions through a VLA as an upgrade license.
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ID: 35011959
Volume Licenses are available for a long, long list of products, but for Windows 7, only Professional and Enterprise editions are available.

You can qualify for Volume Licensing with as few as five PCs in an organization.

All Volume Licenses are upgrades. You cannot legally buy a “naked” PC and attach a volume license to it. You must first buy a full license (typically an OEM license with a new PC purchase) and then use the Volume License to upgrade to the VL version you purchased.
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ID: 35012052
mitch ... good to know Pro is available too.  my rep told me only Enterprise :)
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I called Microsoft volume license directly and spoke with them about Windows 7 licensing. Below are the bullet points from our conversation. Attached are two supporting documents he referred me to.

-      There is no full version of Windows 7 available through the volume license program
-      Windows 7 volume license is tied to the hardware in the same way an OEM license is
-      The only way to float a Windows 7 license is to buy a retail box copy
-      In order to obtain a volume license key so that reimaging can be done you buy 1 license of software assurance
o      When you buy software assurance you get the volume media and product key

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This is the correct information

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