Licensing Windows Embedded 8 VL Brief

Licensing Windows Embedded 8 VL Brief
Volume Licensing brief
Licensing Windows Embedded 8
This brief applies to all Microsoft Volume Licensing programs.
Table of Contents
Summary .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1
What’s New in This Brief .................................................................................................................................................................... 1
Details ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
Introduction ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
Editions ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 2
Acquiring Windows Embedded 8 Licenses: Overview ............................................................................................................................. 3
Key Enterprise Features in Windows Embedded 8.................................................................................................................................... 3
Licenses Available Through Volume Licensing ........................................................................................................................................... 4
Qualifying Operating Systems ........................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Software Assurance Benefits for Windows Embedded 8........................................................................................................................ 6
Downgrade Rights and Enhanced Edition Benefits .................................................................................................................................. 8
Volume Activation ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Summary
Enterprises turn to Windows Embedded to power industry devices that delight their customers by providing unique
and differentiated user experiences and help them gain competitive advantage by monitoring, assessing, reporting,
predicting, and uncovering intelligence throughout their businesses.
Windows Embedded 8 offerings are available through Microsoft Volume Licensing. This brief explains the options for
licensing Windows Embedded 8 editions and key enterprise features.
What’s New in This Brief
This brief replaces the version published October 2013. It has been updated to reflect changes to the Windows
Embedded licensing options effective April 1, 2014, including:

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise edition is available as an upgrade license through Volume Licensing;
it is no longer a Software Assurance benefit. This aligns to the changes made to Windows desktop effective
March 2014.

Only Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise edition is eligible for Software Assurance. Therefore, customers
who want Software Assurance can purchase the Windows Embedded 8.1 Enterprise Upgrade with Software
Assurance.
Note: Customers will continue to be allowed to attach Software Assurance to new devices purchased before July 1, 2014.
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
New benefits are provided for devices covered by Software Assurance for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry
Enterprise. These include benefits previously available only for Software Assurance for Windows Desktop as well
as new rights that allow customers to install certain Windows desktop editions in place of their licensed Windows
Embedded Industry editions.

Downgrade Rights are available for Windows for Embedded Systems products.
Details
Introduction
Windows Embedded 8 family of products is Microsoft’s platform to help enterprises create lasting competitive
advantage with industry devices that provide new insight, productivity, and opportunities to delight the users.
Windows Embedded 8 products are based on Windows technologies, making new interactive device experiences
possible while harnessing the power of the latest Windows innovations in power management, security, management,
enterprise integration, user experience and connectivity.
Editions
The Windows Embedded 8 family of products include:
Availability:
Edition
Description
Windows
Embedded 8.1
Industry Enterprise
A full edition for industry devices that delivers the full capabilities
of Windows 8.1 Enterprise, plus enhanced lockdown
technologies. This edition that includes all the capabilities of
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro, plus premium features
designed to meet the mobility, productivity, security, and
manageability needs of today’s large businesses.
Windows
Embedded 8.1
Industry Pro*
A full edition for industry devices that delivers the full capabilities
of Windows 8.1 Pro plus enhanced lockdown technologies
needed to enable line-of-business scenarios across a range of
different vertical markets.
Windows
Embedded 8.1 Pro
A full edition of Windows 8.1 Pro distributed through the
Embedded OEM channel with licensing terms specific to industry
devices.
Windows
Embedded 8
Standard
A modular operating system based on Windows 8 enhanced to
meet the needs of Intelligent Systems. It includes key Windows 8
Pro functionality plus Embedded-specific technologies. It also has
enterprise features disabled the OEM version that can be
activated through Volume Licensing. (Note: There is no version
8.1 of this product.)
OEM
Volume
Licensing
(Upgrade
only)
(Upgrade
only)
*Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro Retail is also available through OEMs specifically for point-of-service (POS) devices used in
retail settings.
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This document provides an overview of the Windows Embedded products and features available through Volume
Licensing, information about the products that are eligible for upgrades, and the key choices you have for utilizing
Windows Embedded 8 in your organization.
Content included is for descriptive informational purposes only and is not meant to replace or override other
licensing documentation, such as the Windows Embedded 8 End User License Agreement, Product Use Rights, or the
Product List.
Acquiring Windows Embedded 8 Licenses: Overview
How you acquire your Windows Embedded 8 licenses depends upon whether you are purchasing the licenses for new
devices or existing devices.
New Devices: OEM
When you purchase a new device from an OEM, it must come with the operating system preinstalled. The following
Windows Embedded 8 editions are available preinstalled by the OEM:

Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Note: There is no version 8.1 of this product.)

Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro Retail
Refer to www.getwindowsembedded8.com for more information about these product editions.
Existing Devices: Volume Licensing
For existing devices, Microsoft Volume Licensing provides the path to:

Upgrade a device’s operating system to Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro or Windows Embedded 8.1
Industry Enterprise

Access benefits of Software Assurance

Enable enterprise features that are disabled in the preinstalled OEM version of Windows Embedded 8 Standard
These Volume Licensing options are covered in further detail in this guide.
Key Enterprise Features in Windows Embedded 8
The Windows Embedded 8 family offers premium enterprise features designed to provide the mobile productivity,
security, and manageability of today’s businesses. These key enterprise features include the following.
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Feature
Description
DirectAccess
Allows remote users to seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network
without having to launch a separate VPN. Learn more about DirectAccess.
BranchCache
Allows users’ device to cache files, websites, and other content from central servers,
so content is not repeatedly downloaded across the wide area network (WAN).
Learn more about BranchCache.
AppLocker
Enables IT to specify what software is allowed to run on a user's device through
centrally managed but flexible Group Policies. Learn more about AppLocker.
Enterprise
Sideloading*
Enables direct deployment of touch-optimized Windows 8 apps to devices without
going through the Windows Store. Learn more about Enterprise Sideloading.
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*As of the April 2014 update release, Enterprise Sideloading is enabled in Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro and Enterprise
editions (OEM and Volume Licensing).
How to Access Enterprise Features
Each of these enterprise features is enabled in Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise edition, which is available
as an upgrade license through Microsoft Volume Licensing.
Note: Devices must be re-imaged when the Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise edition is installed.
For devices that are licensed for Windows Embedded 8 Standard, you can acquire the Windows Embedded 8
Standard Enterprise Kit license to enable the DirectAccess, BranchCache, AppLocker, and Enterprise Sideloading
features, which are present but disabled in the OEM version of the software.
Licenses Available Through Volume Licensing
Microsoft Volume Licensing offers customized programs that help organizations purchase software licenses. Tailored
for different organization type, size, and purchasing preferences, Microsoft Volume Licensing programs provide
flexible and affordable solutions designed to help you manage your licenses with ease. Whether you have five or
thousands of desktop PCs, there is a Microsoft Volume Licensing program for you.
You can purchase the following licenses through Microsoft Volume Licensing:
Availability by Volume Licensing Program
License
Description
Windows
Embedded 8.1
Industry
Enterprise
Upgrade
Licenses device with a Qualifying
Operating System already installed to
upgrade to Windows Embedded 8.1
Industry Enterprise. Software Assurance
(SA) is either included or available as an
optional add-on.
Windows
Embedded 8.1
Industry Pro
Upgrade
Licenses device with a Qualifying
Operating System already installed to
upgrade to Windows Embedded 8.1
Industry Pro.
Windows
Embedded 8
Standard
Enterprise Kit
Enables the DirectAccess, BranchCache,
AppLocker, and Sideloading enterprise
features that are disabled in the OEM
Windows Embedded 8 Standard edition
software.
Windows
Sideloading Rights
Enables Enterprise Sideloading for
Windows 8 Apps on devices that are
licensed for Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro.
Open
License
Open Value &
Subscription
Select
Plus
Enterprise
Agreement &
Subscription
(SA Optional)
(SA Included)
(SA Optional)
(SA Included)
Note: Customers with a Select Plus or Open agreement who purchased POSReady 2009, POSReady 7, Windows
Embedded 8 Industry Pro (General or Retail), Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro (General or Retail), Windows Vista
Business or Ultimate for Embedded Systems, Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate for Embedded Systems, or Windows
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Embedded 8 Pro OEM licenses prior to July 1, 2014, may attach SA for the Windows Embedded operating system to
those licenses within 90 days of the license purchase date without the need to purchase the Windows Embedded
Industry Enterprise Upgrade.
Qualifying Operating Systems
The operating system licenses granted for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry
Enterprise are upgrade licenses only. Full operating system licenses are not available. Therefore, each device for which
a customer acquires and runs the Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro Upgrade or Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry
Enterprise Upgrade must be licensed to run one of the qualifying operating systems identified below.
Qualifying Operating System Rules for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Products

The Qualifying Operating System must be installed on the device to which the Upgrade license is to be assigned.

Except as provided below, customers must remove the Qualifying Operating System from the device in order to
deploy the Windows Embedded Industry Upgrade license.

Customers who want to install or run more than one licensed Operating System at one time (including the
Qualifying Operating System), may acquire SA for their Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise Upgrade
license.

Customers that have active SA coverage do not need to uninstall the qualifying Operating System and may install
and run the Qualifying Operating System and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro at the same time.
Customers with the Qualifying Operating System may purchase the corresponding Windows Embedded Industry SKU
families as stated in the following table:
Qualifying Operating Systems
Windows
Embedded 8.1
Industry Pro
Upgrade
Windows
Embedded 8.1
Industry
Enterprise
Upgrade
Windows
Embedded 8.1
Industry
Enterprise
Upgrade (Std,
POS, Ind Retail)
Windows Vista Business for Embedded Systems
and Windows Vista Ultimate for Embedded
Systems
Windows 2000 Professional for Embedded Systems
Windows NT Workstation for Embedded Systems
Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems
Windows 7 Ultimate for Embedded Systems
Windows Embedded 8 and 8.1 Pro
Windows Embedded 8 and 8.1 Industry Pro and
Retail
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 Pro
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Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS)
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and
POSReady 7
Windows NT Embedded
Windows XP Embedded
Windows Embedded Standard 7, 2009 and
Windows Embedded 8 Standard
How to Acquire Licenses Through Volume Licensing
Contact your Microsoft representative or Microsoft Volume Licensing reseller to acquire licenses through Volume
Licensing.
To find a Microsoft Volume Licensing reseller:

In the United States, call (800) 426-9400 or find an authorized reseller.

In Canada, call the Microsoft Resource Centre at (877) 568-2495.

Outside the United States or Canada, contact your local Microsoft subsidiary.
Software Assurance Benefits for Windows Embedded 8
Software Assurance includes a core set of benefits to help improve workforce productivity, streamline software
deployment, and reduce costs.
Software Assurance also provides the greatest flexibility for how you use Windows Embedded 8 as it includes access
to enterprise offerings and use rights not available through other licensing programs.
Key Benefits of Software Assurance for Windows Embedded 8
Note: “Licensed device” refers to any device covered by Software Assurance for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry
Enterprise.
Benefit
Description
New Version Rights Always have the most current version.
With New Version Rights, you have access to new releases of Windows Embedded Industry
on any licensed device as soon as they are released for no additional cost.
Windows Virtual
Desktop Access
(VDA) Rights
Access Windows in a variety of ways across devices.
Windows To Go
Use Rights
Travel light without sacrificing productivity.
Roaming Use
Rights
Enable work from home and on the road scenarios.
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Windows VDA Rights enable users to access virtual instances of Windows in a variety of user
scenarios.
Windows To Go is a fully manageable corporate desktop running Windows 8.1 Enterprise
edition on a bootable USB stick. This use right allows Windows To Go to be run on any
licensed device.
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Roaming Use Rights allow the primary user of any licensed device to access a virtual
instance of Windows running in the data center (VDI) or Windows To Go from noncorporate devices, such as personally owned or hotel business center PCs, while away from
the office.
Windows
Companion
Subscription
License (CSL)
Enable bring your own device (BYOD) scenarios with flexibility for running corporate desktops
by using personally owned companion devices at work.
Enhanced Edition
Benefits
Install the Windows operating system that best fits your needs.
The Windows CSL is an optional subscription add-on that grants the primary user of a
licensed device the rights to access a corporate desktop through either a VDI or Windows
To Go on up to four devices that are capable of leveraging these technologies. Devices
eligible for licensed use include any type of personally owned device as well as corporateowned non-x86 devices.
Devices with active Software Assurance coverage may run certain current or prior versions of
the Windows Desktop Operating System or Windows Embedded Operating System.
See the Downgrade Rights and Enhanced Edition Benefits section below for more details.
Customers with Windows Embedded Industry Software Assurance also have access to the following benefits:

Extended Hotfix support: Provides specific product fixes on a per customer incident basis, beyond the standard
product support.

24x7 Problem Resolution Support: Provides around-the-clock phone and web incident support for Microsoft
server and desktop products.

E-Learning: Offers self-paced interactive training designed for end users and IT professionals; delivered over the
Internet or an intranet.

Training Vouchers: Provides in-depth technical classroom training for IT professionals and developers.

Spread Payments: Payment for license and Software Assurance may be spread across three equal, annual sums.
Visit the Software Assurance website for further details about these benefits.
Note: Benefit eligibility varies by Volume Licensing program and products. Refer to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Product List to
verify eligibility by program and products.
Acquiring Software Assurance for Windows Embedded
You can cover your Windows Embedded licenses with Software Assurance for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry
Enterprise in the following ways:

When purchasing a Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise Upgrade license through Volume Licensing, you
may also acquire Software Assurance for that license.

Software Assurance is automatically included in certain Volume Licensing programs, such as Enterprise
Agreement, Enterprise Subscription Agreement, Open Value, Open Value Subscription, and Enrollment for
Education Solutions.
Customers with a Select Plus or Open agreement who purchased POSReady 2009, POSReady 7, Windows Embedded
8 Industry Pro (General or Retail), Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro (General or Retail), Windows Vista Business or
Ultimate for Embedded Systems, Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate for Embedded Systems, or Windows Embedded
8 Pro OEM licenses prior to July 1, 2014, may attach SA for Windows Embedded Industry Enterprise operating system
to those licenses within 90 days of the license purchase date without the need to purchase the Windows Embedded
Industry Enterprise Upgrade. When you license a device with Software Assurance, the Software Assurance benefits for
that device are available for the term of the Software Assurance coverage only.
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Downgrade Rights and Enhanced Edition Benefits
Though Downgrade Rights, customers with a valid license for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro or Windows
Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise obtained through a Volume Licensing program are eligible to use certain prior
versions in place of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro or Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise.
Note: As of April 2014, new Downgrade Rights are available for the Windows for Embedded Systems products. Windows for
Embedded Systems products are full Windows versions for use exclusively on industry devices.
Through Enhanced Edition Benefits, customers with a valid license for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise
with Software Assurance obtained through Volume Licensing are eligible to use certain editions of the Windows
desktop operating system in place of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise.
The following table shows the specific editions customers are licensed to install under Downgrade Rights and
Enhanced Edition Benefits based on their licensed product.
Downgrade and
Enhanced Edition Rights
Licensed Product
VL Windows Embedded
8.1 Industry Pro Upgrade
VL Windows Embedded 8.1
Industry Enterprise Upgrade
Windows 8 / 7 / Vista Enterprise

Windows 8 Pro

Windows 7 Professional

Windows Vista Business

Windows XP Pro

Windows 2000 Professional

Windows 95 / 98 / NT

Windows Embedded 8.x Industry Enterprise

Windows Embedded 8.x Industry Pro


Windows Vista Business for Embedded Systems
/ Windows 7 Professional for Embedded
Systems / Windows Embedded 8 Pro*


Windows Embedded POSReady 7, Windows
Embedded POSReady 2009 & Windows
Embedded 8.1 Industry Retail


Windows Embedded Standard
 = Software Assurance required
*Newly added option as of April 1, 2014. For use on industry devices only. These are Volume Licensing versions of
Windows for Embedded Systems and require Volume Activation.
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Volume Activation
Windows product activation is a set of technologies enabling customers to confirm that their copy of Windows is
properly licensed. Product activation is required for all editions of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry.
Volume Activation allows enterprise customers to automate the activation process and make it transparent to users.
Volume Activation applies to computers that are covered under a Volume Licensing program, and for customers
using Volume Licensing media that were first introduced with Windows Vista and have since been enhanced. It is used
strictly as a tool for activation, and it is not tied to license invoicing or billing.
Activation Through Key Management Service and Multiple Activation Key
Key Management Service (KMS) allows organizations to activate computers within customer environment through an
internally hosted service (KMS), and Multiple Activation Key (MAK) activates computers on a one-time basis by using
the hosted activation services provided by Microsoft. Customers can use either or both key types to activate
computers in their environments.
Activation Through Microsoft Active Directory
During Active Directory-based activation, any computers connected to the domain and running Windows 8 or
Windows Server 2012 (or later versions) will activate automatically during computer setup. These clients stay activated
as long as they remain members of the domain and maintain periodic contact with a domain controller.
Learn more about volume activation at http://technet.microsoft.com/volumeactivation.
Note: If you purchase the Windows Embedded 8 Standard Enterprise Kit, you will receive a key that enables the DirectAccess,
BranchCache, AppLocker, and Enterprise Sideloading enterprise features that are disabled in the OEM Windows Embedded 8
Standard edition software.
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