Microsoft to Allow Win 7 Downgrades to Vista, XP

Microsoft officials have confirmed that it, along with PC partners will allow users of its upcoming Windows 7 the option to downgrade to both Windows Vista as well as Windows XP.

The last few days have been fraught with rumors that Microsoft will be offering users the opportunity to downgrade to Windows XP. Those who don’t like the look of Windows 7 and are afraid it's their only alternative can rest easy; ZDNet asked Microsoft for a little clarification and the a spokesperson revealed that XP would also be on offer when it came to downgrades.

When asked if Microsoft had downgrade rights for Windows XP planned as part of Windows 7, the Redmond company responded with a resounding yes. The spokesperson went on to detail that this would not the first time that Microsoft has offered downgrade rights to a version other than its immediate predecessor and the company’s volume-license customers can always downgrade to any previous version of Windows.

Microsoft also noted that the terms and conditions for OS downgrades were consistent across all OEMs and would not be cutting deals with individual companies. Read the full statements on ZDNet.

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  • Anonymous
    Thank Goodness! Something good this morning Microsoft. Good job.
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  • thedipper
    I fail to understand why Microsoft is still allowing people to move to an old OS that's no longer a benefit to consumers.

    Businesses should be able to use XP, but I believe a consumer should not. Really, it's just ending up being an extra driver that needs to be written for everything, and that slows down driver releases.

    Preventing people from using XP would be promoting education and thinking for one's self. 2 things most of the world just can't muster anymore.

    Learn the OS, don't trash it based on hearsay.
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  • hairycat101
    thedipperI fail to understand why Microsoft is still allowing people to move to an old OS that's no longer a benefit to consumers.Businesses should be able to use XP, but I believe a consumer should not. Really, it's just ending up being an extra driver that needs to be written for everything, and that slows down driver releases. Preventing people from using XP would be promoting education and thinking for one's self. 2 things most of the world just can't muster anymore. Learn the OS, don't trash it based on hearsay.


    That's right! To hell with choice! We should force those lowly scum bag consumers to do what they're told!

    Second thought... this isn't China or cuba or some other dictatorship... is it?
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