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No, the Windows XP Home qualification for Windows Vista Upgrades is no longer available

Some of you may recall my post earlier this year: No, Windows XP Home is not a qualifying Desktop Operating System for the Windows Vista Business Upgrade or Upgrade + SA through Volume Licensing.  In that post I called out that we had added a clause to the Microsoft Product List, available for download on the Microsoft Volume Licensing site, that stated, “Customers* with Windows XP Home Edition licenses purchased on or before December 31, 2006 may acquire Windows Upgrade Licenses with Software Assurance (U & SA).  This offer expires September 30, 2007.”

Well, it is now October, which means that September 30, 2007 has come and gone and so has the offer.  As such, that clause is no longer included in the Microsoft Product List, which means that Windows XP Home purchased prior to December 31, 2006 no longer qualifies for the Upgrade or Upgrade + Software Assurance.  You can view the qualifying Desktop Operating Systems for the Windows Vista Business Upgrade or Upgrade with Software Assurance on page 84 of the current Microsoft Product List.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
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