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    I have a general question. I work for a bank - and we are upgrading our computers finally from Win98SE to WinXP. Our servers will be Win2k for now (and I don't want to start a debate about Win2003) - but as for purchasing licenses for the WinXP machines - where do we purchase them? About half of our machines are Dell's which come with the license on the box of course - but we want to make sure to be compliant.

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    Where'd you buy the XP software from? Quite often companies that sell the software also sell the licenses. There are also companies (like CDW I think) that specialize in selling software to corporations along with licenses.

    http://www.cdw.com/shop/hubs/software/os.asp
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    Contact Microsoft, I am sure they will find a way to suck more license money out of you.

    But seriously, get a hold of M$, either via the phone or check their web site(s) I am sure the info. you need will be listed there somewhere.

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    You can buy license packs (its a slip of paper no books or media) from most OEM's, contact a local computer shop and they can get it for you
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    Sometimes when you work at a company, you just can't walk into Joe Bobs Computer store, and buy up a thousand license for your dells. Nor can you walk up to Mr.CEO and get cash. Sometimes you have to deal with purchase orders, ect, ect, and since you already have a working relationship with Dell, you can order your license through them, and since you are already a customer of theirs, they can give you a discount.

    here's the contact info depending on what size your company is

    Global Enterprise Business (over 18,000 total employees) 800-274-3355
    Medium & Large Business (200-18,000 total employees) 800-274-3355
    Small Business (fewer than 200 total employees) 800-274-3355
    Business Employee Purchase Program Service & Support 800-934-1652
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    When I worked at a small OEM/VAR we where very happy to get purchase orders, and we would also be very happy to deal with volume licenses. These are very easy to get as a OEM/VAR and I have found that dell is less happy to sell you licenses for machines they didn't sell you. Now if you have a significant amount of machines (running into the thousands) you may want to contact MS and sign up on their enterprise licensing scams
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    Thanks, all of this sounds very useful. It looks like there are many options for finding and purchasing the required licensing.

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