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to download and install software obtained from the Volume Licensing
Service Center (VLSC), Microsoft's website to help you get installation
keys, download or order Microsoft installation software, and access
other benefits.

What Software Is Available?
Through
the VLSC, nonprofit organisations can download and install any
available version or language for your product, as long as the total
number of installations does not exceed the number of licenses you
obtained through TechSoup Botswana. For example, if your TechSoup Botswana request
included 20 copies of the English version of the Windows 8 upgrade
product, you could install five copies of this product in English, five
copies in Spanish, five copies in French, and five copies of Windows 7
in any language, for a total of 20 installations.

If you see
products that you do not recognise in the download list, consult the
product use rights (PUR, also called terms of use) for the specific
product to understand whether it is available to you. For more
information, see the Product Use Rights section of Differences from Retail Products.

Office Multi-Language Packs
Organisations
that acquire Windows versions of Office products through TechSoup Botswana are
eligible to request Office Multi-Language Packs through Software
Assurance.

Service Packs
After a product has
been released for a while, Microsoft usually releases service packs or
revision updates. Products with these updates included have indications
such as SP1, SP2, or R2 in their names. If your computers have the
appropriate system requirements, you should usually download the one
with the most recent date in the Release Date column.

Previous Software Versions
The VLSC offers the current version of its products on the site. You might be able to obtain earlier versions as well.

Before You Start
To
download or order installation software, you must either be the
administrator or have permission to perform the Download role. For more
information, see Maintaining Your Account.

Downloading Installation Software

  1. Sign into the VLSC.
  2. Choose Downloads and Keys from the navigation bar. The Downloads and Keys page appears, showing all products in your donation, grouped by families.
  3. Find the specific product you want to download.
  4. Click the Download link associated with that product.
  5. Select
    your download method, language, and operating system type if applicable
    (32-bit or 64-bit). You can use either Microsoft's recommended download
    manager or your web browser for the download operation. If you choose
    the download manager and it has never been installed on this computer,
    you will be prompted to install it. To see information about these
    options, choose Help from the menu bar. Click Continue when you have selected your options.
  6. Click the Download down arrow icon that appears under your product listing.
  • If you are using your web browser to download your software, the Save As dialog box appears. Specify your location and click Save to start the download. Repeat as needed for other download files.
  • If
    you are using the download manager, the application opens, and the
    download begins. The download manager displays the progress and status
    at the top of the window. You can click Pause at any time to pause the download operation. You can restart the download manager and click Resume at a later time.

For
server products that require setup codes for installation, the codes
appear on the VLSC download page after download is complete.

Using Downloaded Files
The
files downloaded from the VLSC have the file extension .iso. An ISO
file is an image of a CD or DVD. An ISO file downloaded from the VLSC is
a copy of the installation CD or DVD. You can use the ISO files you
download in the following ways.

Burning an ISO File to Disc
This
allows you to use the burned disc as you would any installation disc.
The software will have commands or help topics like: create disc using
image; disc copy; burn image. To burn an ISO file to a disc, you'll need
software for burning or creating CDs or DVDs.

Opening the ISO File and Copying its Contents
You
can open an ISO file if you have software that can access the contents
of ZIP or CAB files. You can then copy the contents of the image file to
your computer.

Virtually Mounting the ISO File
You
can virtually mount the ISO file if you have software that can
virtually mount drives. This allows you to access the ISO file as if it
were a disc in a disc drive.

Ordering Installation CDs or DVDs
Most
products are available both in download and disc format. Downloads are
available at no cost, but there is a charge to have discs shipped to
you.

Microsoft refers to the installation software on CD or DVD
as a "media kit." Media kits are $25 each. You can order up to 10 copies
of each media kit.

  1. Follow steps 1 through 5 of Downloading Installation Software, but click Order Media instead of Continue at the end of step 5.
  2. On the following page, enter the quantity you want and click Update Cart.
  3. Click Proceed to Checkout when you are finished. Follow the prompts to complete the order process.

Ordering Software by Phone or Fax
You
can call Microsoft's fulfillment center at (800) 336-0098(800) 336-0098 FREE or contact
them by fax at (800) 554-8281. They will need your agreement license and
authorization numbers, which you can find on the VLSC by choosing
Licenses > Relationship Summary. See License Information for
additional details from TechSoup Botswana fulfillment email or the TechSoup
Botswana Order Status page. The shipping and handling fee is $2 more, or $27, if
the order is placed by phone or fax.

Note: The
fulfillment center processes orders only from the United States, Canada,
and U.S. territories. To locate the contact for ordering software from
another region, choose Help from the VLSC menu bar and click Contact Us at the bottom of the page. On the map, click your continent and then select your country from the drop-down list.

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