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Microsoft to Allow Win 7 Downgrades to Vista, XP

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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 , April 7, 2009 12:27 PM
    Thank Goodness! Something good this morning Microsoft. Good job.
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    thedipper , April 7, 2009 1:01 PM
    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 , April 7, 2009 1:05 PM
    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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    christop , April 7, 2009 1:28 PM
    People need to put xp to bed.... It's over let xp go... lol
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    trinix , April 7, 2009 1:41 PM
    I'd agree with you all that xp should be put to rest, if M$ would just stop changing the UI everytime.

    Most users aren't waiting for another change in the UI. It's a good thing they didn't change too much from the vista look, but vista look already scares a few people. Others don't see an advantage to the eyecandy vista is offering and would rather use the XP interface. Not just or not even for speed of the system, but just because they are used to it.

    imho same with the office. M$ keeps forcing new UI's we don't want, some might, but some really don't. This is just a way they try to prevent users from pirating old xp cd's or changing to linux, not that a lot will change to linux yet.
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    Maxor127 , April 7, 2009 2:12 PM
    Yeah, it's kind of getting annoying how some people just can't let go of XP and Microsoft keeps catering to them to hold software technology back. XP had a good run, but it's over. I don't want to hear another two years about how much better XP is than Windows 7.
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    hairycat101 , April 7, 2009 2:14 PM
    I agree totally that MS needs to stop forcing a change in UI. At least they should have a "clasic interface" so that if we don't like the new UI we can still use newer products with some level of comfort. I really don't understand why they don't have a "clasic" view their new products. Vista can be made to look a lot like XP. It takes some doing, but it is possible. The new office is HORRIBLE!!! It has no options to look like 2003 or earlier. Why they did that makes no since whatsoever.
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    A Stoner , April 7, 2009 2:15 PM
    thedipperI fail to understand why Microsoft is still allowing people to move to an old OS that's no longer a benefit to consumers.

    I fail to understand why people like you have to think that one size fits all. Why do we have trucks when people can drive cars, why have cars when people can use motorcycles, why have motorcycle when people can simply walk around? Sorry, but Windows Vista does not in any way shape or form benifit me as a customer. I do not want alot of stress from using my computer, and I have to say, the nagging nanny software that Microsoft put together called Windows Vista is just that, a nagging nanny that stresses me out for any and all tasks. Setting up network, a pain the the ass. Installing programs, a pain in the ass. Finding the simplest of task programs, a pain in the ass. The search, another pain. UAC, do not even get me started on how much a LOATHE that feature. Windows 7, no matter how much your devotion to your releigion of loving it is, does not much improve on Vista. UAC still there, same search feature, same layout for trying to configure your network settings. Same nagging nanny questions everytime you try to install a program, run a program or change any setting on the computer that marginally affects the "system". Go buy your copy of Vista and Windows 7 and stop your moaning about how, because you are happy with it, everyone MUST comply.
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    Tedders , April 7, 2009 2:23 PM
    I can half-way understand downgrading to XP. People dont want to downgrade to Vista. Now, I think they should only do this for the first year or so of 7 being out. After that, its Windows 7 only... unless they screw it up like Vista (hope not).
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    zak_mckraken , April 7, 2009 2:43 PM
    hairycat101That's right! To hell with choice! We should force those lowly scum bag consumers to do what they're told!


    I think Microsoft have all the rights to decide if or not they should continue to offer and support XP (or Vista, for that matter). However, they certainly can't stop anyone with a legal retail version of XP to install it on their new machine though. It's their software after all.

    If want freedom of choice, buy yourself a retail version or go Linux.
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    jrsdav , April 7, 2009 2:43 PM
    I work for a company that puts out a large number of downgraded machines every week, and this is slightly disapointing news. The Microsoft downgrade program is so full of flaws it actually becomes an ineffective way to do business. Especially if you are a smaller computer retailer and do not want to go through the headache of being certified as a Microsoft "Gold" Partner.

    If you are a Gold Partner, you receive a key that enables you to do as many downgrades as you like without the fear of "I'm sorry, we could not verify this installation". I won't go into details about the other alternative for those who aren't Gold status, but I will say it is very arduous and time consuming.

    My only hope is they figure out a better protocol for retailers, making the service a more effective business tool for retailers.
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    tenor77 , April 7, 2009 2:56 PM
    This is a good and a bad. I love XP. It's been a great ride, but it's nearing the end of its usefullness. It's time to move on, time for 64bit to come to the forefront and time for a new design for .Net. The problem is we're going to loose some compatibility for some older software, but if we stay stagnant that's just more software that will become obsolete sooner rather than later.

    Just my opinion.
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    lutel , April 7, 2009 3:03 PM
    You mean UPGRADES to XP. Any system without DRM is UPGRADE to vista/7.
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    eklipz330 , April 7, 2009 4:40 PM
    i find no reason to not upgrade to win 7 because in this day and age with all the system resources unused and available, they might as well put it to use for something right? i mean in a year or two, 12gb ram will be standard, and quad core is pretty much the standard already. ssd's are blazing fast, and video cards don't hiccup as much as they used to.

    i mean theres no reason to upgrade unless your still using parts from '04 and have no spare cash to upgrade... than you probably won't have spare cash to buy the OS anyhow.
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    thedipper , April 7, 2009 4:52 PM
    lutelYou mean UPGRADES to XP. Any system without DRM is UPGRADE to vista/7.

    If only you knew what DRM in an OS even does...
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    deltatux , April 7, 2009 5:04 PM
    Sounds like they are taking the Sony approach. Continue selling their older products along with the newer products just in case people don't like the newer products but hope to not cannabalize their new products' sales.
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    curnel_D , April 7, 2009 5:10 PM
    " 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 "

    You missed a word.
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    hairycat101 , April 7, 2009 6:09 PM
    thedipperIf only you knew what DRM in an OS even does...

    Enlighten us.
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    seboj , April 7, 2009 6:32 PM
    deltatuxSounds like they are taking the Sony approach. Continue selling their older products along with the newer products just in case people don't like the newer products but hope to not cannabalize their new products' sales.


    Right idea, but I don't think they care about cannibalization. They're in it for market share.

    A StonerI fail to understand why people like you have to think that one size fits all. Why do we have trucks when people can drive cars, why have cars when people can use motorcycles, why have motorcycle when people can simply walk around? Sorry, but Windows Vista does not in any way shape or form benifit me as a customer. I do not want alot of stress from using my computer, and I have to say, the nagging nanny software that Microsoft put together called Windows Vista is just that, a nagging nanny that stresses me out for any and all tasks. Setting up network, a pain the the ass. Installing programs, a pain in the ass. Finding the simplest of task programs, a pain in the ass. The search, another pain. UAC, do not even get me started on how much a LOATHE that feature. Windows 7, no matter how much your devotion to your releigion of loving it is, does not much improve on Vista. UAC still there, same search feature, same layout for trying to configure your network settings. Same nagging nanny questions everytime you try to install a program, run a program or change any setting on the computer that marginally affects the "system". Go buy your copy of Vista and Windows 7 and stop your moaning about how, because you are happy with it, everyone MUST comply.


    Learn to use a computer.

    hairycat101I agree totally that MS needs to stop forcing a change in UI. At least they should have a "clasic interface" so that if we don't like the new UI we can still use newer products with some level of comfort. I really don't understand why they don't have a "clasic" view their new products. Vista can be made to look a lot like XP. It takes some doing, but it is possible. The new office is HORRIBLE!!! It has no options to look like 2003 or earlier. Why they did that makes no since whatsoever.


    MS is selling a product. That's their business. If you don't like the product, use a different one.

    If you want to degrade to a product that's older and inferior to their current offering, that's fine by them. Whatever it takes to keep you on the bus. MS would rather you keep using Windows, regardless of whether it's XP, Vista, Win7, etc, as long as you're not switching to Linux or OSX.

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    jsloan , April 7, 2009 7:48 PM
    i guess everyone is not convinced about windows 7, maybe the big guys evaluated it, saw vista, or too much vista and balked so microsoft is still stuck with vista around it's neck, or as i like to say it maybe some of the windows 7 lipstick has come off the windows vista pig... ;-)
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