The Microsoft Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Small and Medium Organisations offers full Windows operating systems, not upgrades, to nonprofits and public libraries who find themselves out of compliance with software licensing because of software piracy or other licensing issues.
This donation provides a full Windows Pro operating system licence through the Get Genuine program to organisations that meet the eligibility criteria below. You should request one licence for each computer on which you will install it.
You can choose to download the current version or the previous version of this software. You can find out which version is the current one on the Current Versions of Microsoft Products page. In addition, you can download the software in any language that’s available.
This donation is available only to correct scenarios in which an organisation has an existing PC with one of the following operating systems installed on it.
You should consider requesting this product if you need to install the latest Windows operating system on a PC that falls under one of the licensing scenarios described above.
You can use Windows Pro to:
Note: Since Get Genuine products are part of the Windows Desktop Operating Systems title group, an organisation’s request for them will reduce the number of operating system upgrade products it may request in its current two-year donation cycle.
Get Genuine products do not include the Software Assurance benefits that come with most other Microsoft software donations. If an organisation installs a Get Genuine product, that product will not have the benefit of receiving a free upgrade to a newer version of Windows when it is released in the future. However, the Get Genuine product will provide a computer with a legal base operating system upon which Windows upgrade products that include Software Assurance benefits offered through Charity Digital Exchange can be installed. Additionally, organisations that request Get Genuine products will be able to downgrade their donation to earlier Windows OS versions at no cost through the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Centre (VLSC).
With Windows, your organisation can choose between two types of volume licence keys for product activation: a Key Management Service (KMS) licence key or a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). A Key Management Service (KMS) key for Windows is available to your organisation by default on the Microsoft Volume Licensing website; that is, this is the only type of key you will see unless you request a MAK.
A KMS key requires at least 25 computers on a network for activation. If your organisation has fewer than 25 computers, you should request a MAK from the Volume Licensing website after receiving this product.
The administrative fee for this product is not refundable, and the product cannot be exchanged.
Installing this product requires you to download the software from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Centre (VLSC) and enter a licence key. You can download any available version or language for your product.
The licence key allows you to install the product on as many computers as you have received licences for. This quantity is specified in the email you receive from Charity Digital Exchange after you request this product.
Expect two emails: