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Windows 11 Pro in CSP Perpetual Software Pricelist
Wondering if anyone can confirm that the SKUs for Windows 11 Pro in CSP that are described as "upgrades" are also in fact full versions of Windows 11 Pro (as was assured by support)? At the same time, I'm seeing information that the full version hasn't yet been released, so would like to see if anyone can shed some light on this. Thank you.
@salestotheforce : the media allows for bare metal/full install, but from licensing perspective those are upgrade licenses and require an eligible OS licenses on the devices (Windows 7 Pro, 8P ro, 10 Pro, 11 Pro). This is the same as it was in Open License, and the same as it still is in Open Value, OVS, EA - Windows Client licenses are always upgrade licenses only. Only full licenses are provided in OEM/System Builder (with new hardware) or Retail.
See the official licensing terms for details: Commercial Licensing Terms (microsoft.com)
However, Windows 11 Pro Upgrade was not added yet explicitly to the terms, this will happen with a later update. The table mentioned the applicable qualifying OS licenses will apply to Win11 Pro Upgrade as well, at least this is what our licensing team confirmed.
So, there is no way an academic customer can purchase perpetual CSP Windows 11 Pro? any advice if customer wants to get a group of PCs with no OS installed and we provide the OS solution for them?
@gilbertovm : Best option of course would be that customer obtains PCs with a Windows OEM licenses - in case of academic customer "Windows Pro for Education" would be the best choice, only available by certain OEMs though.
If PCs were obtained without a license, you can contact a Distributor to ask about Windows retail license packages, in some countries it might be allowed to resell System Builder licenses also without a new PC.
In CSP there is the GGWA - Get Genuine legalization offer - this is intended for customer that already obtained PCs, but without (valid/eligible) qualifying OS. There is a Windows Home Academic GGWA and a Windows Pro GGWA offer available in MCA, see here for more details on the specific terms: Microsoft Product Terms
Important note is that those licenses are not valid for new devices obtained after GGWA licenses were acquired - it intended as a one-time offer to correct this situation were customer did not acquire correct licenses, for future hardware orders it shoudl be ensure that devices come wth the respective (OEM) license
This requirements in not unique in CSP - also in Open, EA, MPSA, Select - in any volume licensing program - any available Windows client licenses are upgrade licenses only and require a retail/OEM license on the device as prerequisite.