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  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Downgrade rights

    I have had the following question asked to me quite often so I figure it was worth posting: Can I downgrade my OEM version of Microsoft Windows Vista Business to Windows XP Professional? Yes. OEM Downgrade Rights for desktop operating systems apply to Windows Vista Business & Vista Ultimate...
  • Blog Post: A funny thing happened to me while in Florida...

    So I was talking to a group of System Builders while presenting at a road show in Florida. One of the System Builders in the audience made a comment that he was annoyed that every time someone came in with a machine that needed the OS reinstalled, he had to call to have it activated. That struck me as...
  • Blog Post: Can a system builder sell an OEM copy of Windows Vista without attaching it to a peice hardware?

    YES! YES! YES you can!!!!!!! As long as you do not open the package AND the end user is assembling their own PC (at that point the user is considered a system builder). As of August 2005, the licensing changed on all of the OEM licensing packs—1, 3, and 30. If you open the pack, you must...