On May 19, 3:58 pm, "Kerry Brown" <ke...@kdbNOSPAMsys-tems.c*a*m>
> Microsoft licensing is overly complicated but in the end it all boils down
> to each install needs a license. Here's the details of the downgrade option.
I've read that until my eyes fall out of their sockets. It does not
help that the Vista Business EULA does not actually contain the word
"downgrade" so it is of little help.
"For example, an end user who
downgrades to Windows XP Professional may
later return to Windows Vista Business software
provided that the end user deletes the Windows
XP Professional software from the PC."
seems to suggest switching between XP and Vista is out, but its a FAQ
not a license term.
> In the past Microsoft has interpreted having two OS' installed at the same
> time as being simultaneous regardless of the fact that you may not actually
> be using them at the same time. You mentioned charity earlier. This site may
> be of interest.
we have the ability to buy either XP Pro upgrade or Vista Business
upgrade licenses via a charity donation scheme from Microsoft. I'm not
sure these help my current predicament much as they are only upgrades.
I have found a stack of Win2000 OEM licenses so maybe they'll go on
the 2nd partition along with one of the upgrades. At least that'll be
my recollection of what I do :-)
Personally if we have two legitimate licenses covering the use of two
OS then I'll take my chance in the English Courts as I can only use
one and I can easily demonstrate "on the balance of probabilities"
that I wasn't using two at the same time. I'll call it "virtualization
using GRUB, a Linux distro and two versions of Windows" perhaps.