Microsoft products donated through TechSoup are volume license products. When you request a volume license product through TechSoup, you're actually requesting a license, not the product itself. Volume licenses are different from licenses for retail products primarily because they can apply to different versions of the software, can include Software Assurance benefits, and have different product terms.
When you receive a Microsoft product donation through TechSoup, you can choose to download the current version of the software or the previous version. You can find out which version of the software is the current one in the Microsoft Title Groups document. You can also download the software in any language that's available.
For example, you might request 20 Windows Upgrade licenses through TechSoup. When you register with the VLSC, you can download the installation files for Windows 10 or Windows 8, in the 32-bit or 64-bit type, in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, or any other available language. You may, of course, only install a combined total of 20 operating systems.
For more information on how to acquire installation software, see Microsoft Download Help.
Software Assurance is a collection of benefits included with Microsoft products requested through TechSoup. These benefits include free software upgrades, Office Multi-Language Packs, Office suites for use at home, e-learning courses, and more. See a full list of Software Assurance Benefits Included with Microsoft Donations.
Volume Licensing products have slightly different terms from retail products. To view the detailed terms for a product, download the latest Product Terms document from Microsoft's Volume Licensing site.
Sometimes the Volume Licensing products are slightly different from their retail counterparts. For example, the Windows upgrade products allow you to upgrade from business versions of Windows only and not the home versions. Check the TechSoup product descriptions for this information.
See below for an overview of product terms for desktop software.
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