Windows Server Downgrade Rights

This article will provide as a quick reference to Windows Server Downgrade Rights.

Please be aware that Windows Server 2012 has been released. This article includes up-to-date downgrade rights.

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  1. *These editions are only available for OEM and VL customers.
  2. **OEM only.
  3. Note: Downgrade kits are not available for Foundation editions.

Retail (FPP)

The retail licenses for Windows Server grant customers the same downgrade rights as Volume License and OEM editions of Windows Server: Customers may run an instance of an earlier version or lower edition of Windows Server in place of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008.


Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)

Customers who obtained their Windows Server license from a server manufacturer or installer (OEM) have the same rights to run a prior version or lower edition of Windows Server as Volume License and Retail customers: Customers may run an instance of an earlier version of Windows Server in place of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. However, the server manufacturer or installer are not obligated to supply and may not support earlier versions of the software. In addition, for some products, the OEM may not have any additional rights to supply the downgrade media.

 

Ref: Microsoft Downgrade Rights White Paper October 2010

Ref: Microsoft Website Windows 2008 R2

Down Edition Rights

The following is referenced in the Microsoft Product Use Rights in the Section entitled: B. Exceptions and Additional Terms for Particular Products.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

“You may run on the licensed server an instance of Standard in place of Enterprise in any of the operating system environments.” Product Use Rights, December 2010, Page 42 of 138

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

“You may run on the licensed server an instance of Standard or Enterprise in place of Datacenter in any of the operating system environments.” Product Use Rights, December 2010, Page 42 of 138


 

Ref: Microsoft Downgrade Rights White Paper October 2010

Ref: Microsoft Website Windows 2008 R2

 

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