Seperate Windows 7 Purchases or Volume License...


My client has 24 Windows base Workstation running:
14x  Windows XP
  1x  Windows Vista
  8x  Windows 7
  1x  Windows 2003 Server

The users are ‘very’ old school (Meaning that their patience with a steep learning curve is not very much).  Windows XP is out and Windows 8 and 10 are too different, like Goldie Locks, Windows 7 is just right.

We have been debating which to purchase single copies of Windows 7 (Total of 14) or go with a Volume License.


If a volume license is the ticket, any suggestions on how to go about buying it?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Volume Licenses allow downgrade rights and the Volume License Service Center (VLSC) provides keys and downloadable media.  You would buy Windows 10 licenses and then install the older operating systems.  Note: the existing systems MUST have Windows Pro - XP Pro, Vista Business in order to qualify for the VL license upgrade (VL licenses CANNOT be used to upgrade Home class machines to pro).

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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
For KMS licenses you need at least 25 machines before it will allow you activate machines using KMS licenses (for servers, the minimum is 5). So I would stick to current licensing arrangement, unless you are expanding the number of workstations.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
If your users don't like change that's ok.

One suggestion would be to install a newer OS then use something like.


to give them the interface they are used to.

You get the speed, performance and security of the new OS but still get to use the interface they want and are comfortable with.

Just a suggestion.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I would also observe that having upgraded to Windows 10 a couple of months ago that it works fine, fairly well resembles Windows 7 and does not need any add-ins to run (if you do not want to do that).

Windows 10 is going to be around for a long while, so starting now with Windows 10 means less change over the years.

No matter what you do, nominal training is in order, but Windows 10 is very straightforward to use.
Robert HolmesNetwork Engineer / Operations ManagerCommented:
Hi Rojosho,

As Microsoft do not like to sell older operating systems when new ones are launched, your best solution to have Windows 7 on the computers is to purchase licenses via a Volume License Agreement. Volume License Agreements provide you with downgrade rights to Windows 7.

If you cannot get upgrade licenses your best bet would be to purchase under the Open Volume License Agreement. It is only a 5 license minimum purchase, so you will be fine.

As to how to go about purchasing the licenses will depend on your location. Best to partner with either a IT provider or IT distributor that can sell the licenses to you.

Please let us know if you require more assistance.
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Robert HolmesNetwork Engineer / Operations ManagerCommented:
I believe we have all given him some good advise on the request and issue. Rojosho has not responded further to the question and has done this for another question on EE as well (see

Either Rojosho has found information elsewhere and forgotten about this question or has used the information and not awarded points where necessary.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I agree as we have given the asker good information and answers.
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I agree on John with this. Even split as we have all provided good information for him and taken time to contribute.
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