I am building a new sound booth PC for our church and need to put a valid Windows License on it.
For now I downloaded the Windows 10 Pro trial just to burn-in components and installed without a key so it is a limited install.
When I look on the Software site, I know this is not eligible for an upgrade, so I assume I have to do a Full OS - Get Genuine.
I checked the page for this and what concerns me are these bullets, especially the first one:
Eligible organizations may place only one request ever for Get Genuine products
Requests for Get Genuine products may not contain any other products.
I may be doing this again for the secretaries PC and one in our conference room, so I am concerned I can only ever request 1 full license for Windows through the program and would not be able to do another one.
The computer I am replacing is a Windows 7 home PC so it isn't eligible for an Upgrade license either if I transferred it over.
I left a message for TechSoup support last week with no answer back so I am writing here to see if anyone else has any experience in this.
What would be my best option in getting a valid Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise license for this system without locking myself out from future license purchases?
Thanks in advance,
Just purchase ALL the licenses you think you might ever need NOW. If you need one for the booth and (maybe) one for the secretary and conference room then buy three. Not sure, buy a few extra; they're cheap.
Not too helpful. I don't have money to buy all the licenses I might ever need now. I would prefer to buy when the need exists. I just got three blank laptops, no OS, and I want to put Win10 on them. If I buy three licenses for these donated machines I can never request more ever. That makes no sense to me. Money matters. don't force me to buy 10 licenses I may never use. Let me add licenses as kind people send me used (and completely blanked out) equipment.
Would Linux Mint and LibreOffice be an alternative for you, for now, until you can be sure what you need in terms of licenses? (and, perhaps, a permanent solution?)
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Both are options, but we have a windows server environment, all our other machines are windows 10. We use Office desktop and 365... Maybe our mistake for going all in with Microsoft, but it's been working very well for our small staff. Of course now I have to figure out how to get these donated laptops up to par, OS wise. For one I think I can install Win7 (I have a genuine Sticker inside the battery compartment) and upgrade to 10. For the other two, Windows8 pro, I have no such license number.
We aren't reselling these laptops, we are trying to use them - 100% internal use only. We can't predict donations, so buying all the win10 we need now isn't practical. I wish Microsoft had a way to add Win10 as our low volume donations arrive. I would even agree to remove all software (and even the whole hard drive!), when any laptop goes out of service for our organization if that helps.
Microsoft is so generous to non-profits, particularly the very low budget ones, I'm surprised getting Windows 10 is a hurdle.
One more thing, I hope someone from Microsoft is reading this and can chime in. There are at least a few organizations having this windows issue. We need another option when it comes to genuine Windows 10. The donations we get often don't have hard drives or RAM.
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