Reimaging licensed Microsoft software by using Commercial Licensing media

Reimaging licensed Microsoft software windows 10 oem

The following table summarizes differences between OEM, FPP, and Commercial Licensing Windows Operating system licenses:

Reimaging Rights – Using media to image multiple PCs

OEMYes, you may use an OEM recovery image on devices shipped by that OEM if the device is appropriately licensed.
FPP(Retail)No, you may use FPP media only on the device licensed with the FPP license.

Commercial Licensing
Yes, you may use Commercial Licensing media to reimage any device properly licensed to run what it is being reimaged with.

OEM-Specific Information

Reimaging is the copying of software onto multiple devices from one standard image. Organizations that want to recover their systems by using OEM media or OEM custom images may only do so as follows: OEM media may be used to individually recover an image to a device using recovery media provided by the OEM.

The OEM recovery media

(1) should match the product version that was originally preinstalled on the system,

(2) may only be used to image devices that came with it,

(3) may not be modified prior to recovering an image to a device. 

Using OEM Media to Reimage: You may use OEM media (including custom OEM images) to reimage devices, but only those devices that were originally imaged with such media. 

Downgrading and Reimaging: The EULA that came with your OEM version of Windows may include the right to use a prior version of the software. For example, instead of using the Windows 10 Pro software, you may use one of the following earlier versions: Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Pro. If the earlier version includes different components, any terms for those components in the agreement that come with the earlier version apply to your use of such components. Neither the manufacturer or installer, nor Microsoft, is obligated to supply earlier versions to you. You must obtain the earlier version separately. Note: The right to use a prior version of the software must be in accordance with all other reimaging terms.

Windows 10 oem software frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Microsoft Commercial Licensing media? Microsoft Commercial Licensing media means a web-based download of Microsoft Commercial Licensing Products from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) portal or Microsoft Commercial Licensing CD/DVD Disk Kits.

2. What happens to support and warranty coverage for Microsoft software licensed through a finished goods channel that is reimaged with Commercial Licensing media? Microsoft Commercial Licensing programs are separate from the support offerings available from Microsoft and its sales partners. You should investigate the contractual and support implications with your OEM before reimaging and make arrangements accordingly. You are not entitled to Microsoft support as a result of reimaging by using Microsoft Commercial Licensing media. In addition, you should discuss any impact to your existing warranty and support coverage with your current warranty and support provider.

3. Why is Microsoft Office licensed through Microsoft Commercial Licensing different from the Microsoft Office licensed through OEM, retail (FPP), or other sales channels? Microsoft Office products licensed through Microsoft Commercial Licensing programs are enterprise products with a different user interface, bypass enablement, and IT management tools. For example, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 is designed for enterprises and licensed through Commercial Licensing to empower IT administrators with tools for deploying, managing, and customizing the product. It also provides users with additional functionalities that are not available in OEM and retail channels.

4. Under what circumstances may I use my Windows Enterprise Commercial Licensing media to reimage an OEM PC licensed for Windows Pro that is not covered by Microsoft Software Assurance or a Windows Enterprise Upgrade license? To be eligible to reimage a PC with Windows Enterprise requires one of the following:

a) The PC is licensed for Windows Enterprise Upgrade through Commercial Licensing.

b) The PC licensed for Windows Software Assurance.

c) The primary user of the PC is licensed for Windows Software Assurance per User.

So to wrap up, we have seen that there are a number of different ways for you to purchase your licences, and the availability of software does vary through those channels, but the main impact on the licences of buying through FPP, OEM or Volume Licensing is the usage rights you gain with the software.

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