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Windows 8.1 Pro 32-Bit – Get Genuine

Windows 8.1 Pro 32-Bit – Get Genuine
  • Donor or Provider: Microsoft
  • Platform: Windows
  • Format: Download
  • Product ID: L-47924
  • Title Group: Windows Desktop Operating Systems
  • Availability: Available

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Description

The Microsoft Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Small and Medium Organizations 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 8.1 Pro operating system license through the Get Genuine program to organizations that meet the eligibility criteria below. You should request one license for each computer on which you will install it. It will operate only on a computer with a 32-bit processor and 32-bit drivers. If you have Windows 8, the Windows 8.1 upgrade is free from the Volume Licensing Service Center.

Eligibility

This donation is available only to correct scenarios in which an organization has an existing PC with one of the following operating systems installed on it:

  • Counterfeit, pirated, or otherwise illegal, unlicensed, or improperly licensed Windows operating system
  • The standard edition of Windows 8 or 8.1
  • Home Premium, Home Basic, or Starter editions of Windows 7 or Windows Vista
  • Home or Starter editions of Windows XP
  • Linux, FreeDOS, or other operating system

Once computers have genuine Windows, users can keep their current operating system up-to-date with the latest service packs and security updates by downloading them with Windows Update.

Benefits for Organizations

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 8.1 Pro to:

  • Protect computers from viruses and other malware with Windows Defender
  • Support a touch-screen interface when working with individuals who cannot use a traditional mouse and keyboard
  • Restore malfunctioning computers to the base installation with Reset and Refresh functions
  • More easily switch between and access additional display languages in a multilingual environment

Special Rules for Get Genuine Product Requests

  • Eligible organizations may place only one request ever for Get Genuine products.
  • Requests for Get Genuine products may not contain any other products.
  • During check-out, the Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Small and Medium Organizations must be accepted on behalf of the organization.

Note: Since Get Genuine products are part of the Windows Desktop Operating Systems title group, an organization's request for them will reduce the number of operating system upgrade products it may request in its current two-year donation cycle.

Software Assurance Not Included

Get Genuine products do not include the Software Assurance benefits that come with most other Microsoft software donations. If an organization 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 TechSoup can be installed. Additionally, organizations 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 Center (VLSC).

Installing Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Pro requires significant system resources, as detailed in the system requirements. For help evaluating whether you need to upgrade your computer before installing Windows 8.1, see TechSoup's Should You Upgrade to Windows 8? Questions to Consider.

TechSoup recommends a "clean install" of the Windows operating system: The process is described in TechSoup's How to Upgrade to Windows 8.

Important Volume Licensing Information

With Windows 8.1, your organization can choose between two types of volume license keys for product activation: a Key Management Service (KMS) license key or a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). A Key Management Service (KMS) key for Windows 8.1 is available to your organization 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 organization has fewer than 25 computers, you should request a MAK from the Volume Licensing website after receiving this product. For information about obtaining a MAK or deciding which type of key to use, see TechSoup's Volume Licensing Service Center — Product Keys page.

Choose Carefully

The administrative fee for this product is not refundable, and the product cannot be exchanged.

Obtaining This Product

Installing this product requires you to download the software from the Volume Licensing Service Center and enter a license key. You can download any available version or language for your product. After you download the software, learn how to install it or burn it to a disc for later use.

The license key allows you to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for. This quantity is specified in the first email you receive from TechSoup after requesting this product.

Expect three emails:

  1. When your donation request has been approved, TechSoup will send a message to your organization email address confirming the number of licenses you have requested. Make sure the organization email that is registered with TechSoup is up-to-date. Visit My Member Profile and verify the address in your active organization profile.
  2. Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organization to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
  3. TechSoup will send an email with information about obtaining your license key and managing your donation at the VLSC. If you are new to the VLSC, you should wait for this email before you register there.

System Requirements

  • Hardware:
    • 1-GHz (or higher) 32-bit (x86) processor
    • 1 GB or more RAM
    • 16 GB available hard-disk space
    • 1,366 x 768-pixel (or higher) display
    • DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.0 or later driver
  • Additional requirements to use certain features:
    • For touch — touch screen
    • For accessing the Windows Store and downloading and running apps — Internet connection, Microsoft account (formerly Live ID)
    • For DVD playback — DVD drive and DVD player software
    • For sound — audio output
  • Product functionality and appearance might vary with system configuration.

Rules, Eligibility and Restrictions

  • This donation is available to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation and to public libraries.
  • The Microsoft Donation Program serves nonprofit organizations whose mission benefits the local community. Among these organizations are the following types, which have recently had changes to their eligibility:
    • Health services and related activities that are independent and not owned and operated by organizations that are eligible for Microsoft Government, Academic, or Health programs. These include community health clinics, medical research groups, behavioral healthcare nonprofits, women's health centers, hospices, rescue and emergency services, organizations that support patients and their families, and blood banks.
    • Trade associations with activities that benefit nonmembers.
    • Amateur sports organizations, specifically youth sports clubs, teams, or groups.
    • Private grantmaking foundations that receive the majority of assets or income from an individual, family, or corporation.
    • Museums.
    • Religious or faith-based organizations.
  • Public libraries must either have valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database. Public libraries may request Microsoft software donations through this program only for use on public access computers or on computers that are used to directly manage either the public access computers or the library's public access program. Participating libraries must also make their collection and basic services available to the population of their legal service area without charges to individual users (excluding incidental fees such as printing charges). If they so choose, libraries may impose charges on users outside the legal service area and may provide products and services (beyond basic services) to the public at large, with or without individual charges.
  • Organizations that are not eligible: Not all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for participation in the Microsoft Donation Program. Those that are not eligible should visit Microsoft Volume Licensing for Industries for more information about charity licensing; they may still be eligible for discounted software from Microsoft. The following types of organizations are ineligible for Microsoft software donations:
    • Governmental organizations or agencies.
    • Educational institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools.
    • Healthcare organizations and networks, including hospitals, specialty networks, ambulatory healthcare services, home healthcare and assisted living healthcare organizations, health research organizations, and laboratories.
    • Political, labor, and fraternal organizations; commerce and trade associations without charitable aims or activities that benefit nonmembers; sponsorships of events, tables, exhibitions, or performances; fundraising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments.
    • Refurbishers that will be installing the donated software on refurbished computers to be distributed or donated to nonprofits or schools. Please visit the Registered Refurbisher Program.
    • Nonpublic libraries, including private libraries, school libraries, specialty libraries, armed forces libraries, and libraries in government agencies.
  • Organizations that engage in discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training or services, promotion, termination, or retirement on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership, or veteran status, other than as allowed by law, are not eligible to participate in this program.
  • Eligible organizations receive an allotment of Microsoft software donation requests that is reset every two years. An organization's two-year cycle begins with its first donation request after July 27, 2011. After two years, a new cycle begins, and a new allotment available. The organization does not need to request the full amount of its allotment. There is no limit to the number of separate requests the organization can make and no minimum quantity requirement.
  • During its two-year cycle, an organization can request products from up to 10 title groups. For title groups that contain applications that run on an individual computer (like a desktop or laptop PC), there is a 50-license maximum. For title groups that contain client access licenses or other licenses that provide for connection to or management of a server, there is also a 50-license maximum. For server products, there is a five-product maximum, regardless of title group. For further details, see Quantity and Frequency of Microsoft Requests on the Microsoft Donation Program — Eligibility and Allotments page.
  • Microsoft products may not be transferred between separate legal entities or resold. Additionally, Microsoft products may not be installed on computers that will be given to or sold to other organizations or individuals, even as part of a charitable program.
  • Donated product will be distributed under this program to qualifying organizations and libraries only, not to individuals.