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Do I have Downgrade Rights for my software that comes in Action Pack?

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Do I have Downgrade Rights for my software that comes in Action Pack?

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This is a question that has been floating around a few of the online groups lately, so I thought I would post the answer here for you.  This comes from the Microsoft Action Pack Team:


“While MAPS does not include downgrade rights, a partner can continue to use a previous version of a product through the remainder of their subscription year.


The intention of the Action Pack program is to provide the latest software technology to the partners, thus once a product is revised the previous version will no longer available."


So for all of you that received the Windows XP Professional licenses in your Action Pack, you still have the rights to use them throughout the term of your annual subscription.  Remember that Action Pack is a subscription and you will need to renew that subscription annually.  When your annual subscription ends, you no longer have the rights to run the software that you received in the expired kit.  To continue to receive the software benefits included in Action Pack, you will need to renew your subscription for another year.  When you do renew your subscription, you will be renewing for the current software that is included in the Action Pack (which no longer includes the previous Windows Desktop Operating Systems).  At that point, you will no longer have licensing rights to Windows XP through your Action Pack subscription.


UPDATE: Please see the updated MAPS policy on previous version use rights that was announced in February.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,


Eric Ligman
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights

  • As Microsoft has told us many times, the EULA is what determines the licensing rules. Whatever EULA we've agreed to is what counts. Or, any other agreement that we've signed between ourselves and Microsoft.

    Anything published in a blog or even on a Microsoft web site is OPINION and not official Microsoft licensing policy. Microsoft says "read the EULA" and not to listen to anybody's "opinion".

    If this is, indeed, the new MAPS licensing policy, then it makes no sense. How are we supposed to support our clients who use Windows 2000 Professional? How are we supposed to support our XP clients? I HAVE no clients who use Vista. Vista isn't compatible with some of their key software (such as Quickbooks).

    How should we support our Windows Small Business Server 2003 (non-R2) clients? I don't HAVE any SBS 2003 R2 clients. All of mine are SBS 2003 SP1. I won't be installing R2 on my own SBS Servers until most of my clients have upgraded. Which may never happen.

    I need to be running the SAME software as my clients.

  • NOTE: There has been an update to the MAPS previous use rights that has been posted to our Blog on February 15th.  The link to the post is included above.


  • As you may know, there has been a time or two where a question about the Microsoft Action Pack has arisen

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