Volume License media problem, Windows 2000 Pro


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amangum

I have run into a problem here at the company I work for. We have just
purchased a Volume License agreement through Dell (Open Business
agreement) and are now obtaining our server and desktop licensing in
this method. Where the problem lies however is that we have a legacy
application that requires Windows 2000 Pro in order to function
properly. Well I can no longer find single license copies of Windows
2000 Pro without considerable effort through 3rd party resellers and
Microsoft has moved Windows 2000 out of their mainstream support
lifecycle, which effectively means they no longer have any volume
license installation media for Windows 2000 Pro.

I have spoken to both Dell and Microsoft who confirm I cannot obtain
this media any longer. The Microsoft Licensing representative I spoke
with suggested I try contacting friends in the IT industry or IT/
software consultants who might have access to a copy of the volume
license installation media for Windows 2000 and see if they will let
me make a copy of the installation disc (of course not the VLK for
obvious reasons) as long as they DO NOT charge me for it since they
are prohibited from selling the media.

I have exhausted every avenue I have in the small IT world I live in
including past employers, past employers of friends in the industry,
etc. Several people I have called think I am trying to pull some sort
of scam to obtain the software for nefarious purposes and everyone
else just plain old does not have the media any longer.

My last option is now to appeal to the community at large for help.
Can anyone point me in the right direction on where to obtain
preferably an extra original disc we can use as a master, or at least
a copy of the media I can download in ISO format.

If anyone can help me, can you please drop me a line at my spam email
address and I can reply to you with all the verification you need that
this is legit including contact information for the licensing rep at
Microsoft who can confirm her recommendations...

Thank you in advance if you can help me!

(remove the Z's from the address to drop me a reply)

(e-mail address removed)
 
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Adam Leinss

(e-mail address removed) wrote in
I have spoken to both Dell and Microsoft who confirm I cannot
obtain this media any longer. The Microsoft Licensing
representative I spoke with suggested I try contacting friends in
the IT industry or IT/ software consultants who might have access
to a copy of the volume license installation media for Windows
2000 and see if they will let me make a copy of the installation
disc (of course not the VLK for obvious reasons) as long as they
DO NOT charge me for it since they are prohibited from selling the
media.

Find out who your Microsoft licensing rep is and call him. I find it
hard to believe that Microsoft will tell you go to find a copy and copy
it.

Either that or find an old MSDN library subscription: should have
Windows 2000 VL media in there.

Adam
 
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Ron Martell

I have run into a problem here at the company I work for. We have just
purchased a Volume License agreement through Dell (Open Business
agreement) and are now obtaining our server and desktop licensing in
this method. Where the problem lies however is that we have a legacy
application that requires Windows 2000 Pro in order to function
properly. Well I can no longer find single license copies of Windows
2000 Pro without considerable effort through 3rd party resellers and
Microsoft has moved Windows 2000 out of their mainstream support
lifecycle, which effectively means they no longer have any volume
license installation media for Windows 2000 Pro.

I have spoken to both Dell and Microsoft who confirm I cannot obtain
this media any longer. The Microsoft Licensing representative I spoke
with suggested I try contacting friends in the IT industry or IT/
software consultants who might have access to a copy of the volume
license installation media for Windows 2000 and see if they will let
me make a copy of the installation disc (of course not the VLK for
obvious reasons) as long as they DO NOT charge me for it since they
are prohibited from selling the media.

I have exhausted every avenue I have in the small IT world I live in
including past employers, past employers of friends in the industry,
etc. Several people I have called think I am trying to pull some sort
of scam to obtain the software for nefarious purposes and everyone
else just plain old does not have the media any longer.

My last option is now to appeal to the community at large for help.
Can anyone point me in the right direction on where to obtain
preferably an extra original disc we can use as a master, or at least
a copy of the media I can download in ISO format.

If anyone can help me, can you please drop me a line at my spam email
address and I can reply to you with all the verification you need that
this is legit including contact information for the licensing rep at
Microsoft who can confirm her recommendations...

Thank you in advance if you can help me!

Your volume license gives you downgrade rights to use previous
versions of Windows

http://download.microsoft.com/downl...4d-4a6d-aed9-f2c1f8f23e14/downgrade_chart.doc

So I would just go to eBay and purchase a CD.

Good luck

Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP (1997 - 2008)
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca
Syberfix Remote Computer Repair

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