Below is some updated information and answers to some of the more common questions we have been seeing and receiving regarding the
We received several communications from our Action Pack subscribers, in which they expressed concerns regarding the removal of Windows XP from the Action Pack and the replacement with Windows Vista. In order to avoid confusion, we would like to clarify the requirements of the agreement.
In accordance with the
We believe that Windows Vista is an incredible value for your business and your customers’ business, and we truly hope that you will chose to upgrade and experience this new product.
Note: This is not the same as Downgrade Rights. Action Pack does not have downgrade rights. This updated policy means that as long as you continue to keep your Action Pack subscription current, you can use prior versions of the software that you have received through Action Pack in the past. If you did not receive the prior versions in your Action Pack in the past, you cannot use those versions.
For instance, someone who just subscribed to Action Pack for the first time in January 2007 would have received their first kit, which includes Windows Vista Business Upgrade and Office 2007. They were not Action Pack subscribers when Windows XP Pro Upgrades were included, so they would not have any rights to Windows XP Pro through Action Pack. If a Partner did have a pre-existing Action Pack subscription back when the Windows XP Pro Upgrades were included, and they kept their Action Pack subscription current by renewing it, then this Partner would retain the rights to use the Windows XP Pro Upgrade in lieu of the Windows Vista Business Upgrade, if they chose.
We received several questions from our Action Pack subscribers regarding the Windows Vista SKUs and the inclusion of Windows Vista Business in the
· Windows Vista Business is recommended for a majority of the business customer segment and thus is considered the most appropriate version for Action Pack subscribers to experience.
· Windows Vista Enterprise is available only to organizations with desktops covered by Software Assurance agreements or with a
· Windows Vista Ultimate is a consumer and small business edition that is aimed at high-end users, gamers, multimedia professionals and personal computer enthusiasts. Windows Vista Ultimate is available through retail as a packaged product, as a pre-install on a new computer, or via volume licensing to customers as a part of their Software Assurance agreement. Partners can upgrade to the Windows Vista Ultimate for $139 (USD) using a new technology available with Windows Vista called Windows Anytime Upgrade. This is a per PC upgrade. (i.e. To upgrade 5 of your Windows Vista Business Upgrade licenses to Windows Vista Ultimates, you would need to purchase (5) Windows Anytime Upgrades).
I have been running Windows
· Yes, it is possible to upgrade from Windows Vista RC1 to Windows Vista RTM, if you are running the same SKU of the OS. For example, you can upgrade the RC1 version of Windows Vista Business to the RTM version of Windows Vista Business. If you are running the RC1 version of a Vista SKU other than Business, you cannot upgrade that machine to the RTM version of Vista Business. You would need to do a clean installation instead.
Move from full version to upgrade only (for
In response to feedback we are received from partners regarding the abuse of the
As of July 2006,( October 2006 in Western Europe)
We continue to evaluate the software benefit included in this subscription in order to ensure it meets the needs of our partners while adding necessary license compliance measures to ensure we are able to continue to offer this valuable benefit for our partners. Please visit the Action Pack web page for additional information.
NOTE: This change took place back in July, 2006 here in the
Removal of OEM software
We recently completed a worldwide study of
System builders can purchase System Builder OEM product from an Authorized
No download option
Currently, MSDN is available as a benefit to Certified and Gold Certified Partners only. MSDN provides partners with ability to download their partner licensing benefits. Registered Members have the option of subscribing to the
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