Microsoft extends Windows XP downgrade rights

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July 13, 2010 at 01:57:14
Specs: Windows 95, Pentium III 866 / 512MB / 40GB
Microsoft extends Windows XP downgrade rights until 2020

With 74% of business PCs running XP, the move is more proof that it's the OS that won't die

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July 13, 2010 at 06:42:56
The downgrade rights actually do not apply to everybody running Windows XP. Carefully read again the article you linked in your post, especially the following sentence:

Only Users running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate will now be able to downgrade to Windows XP Professional throughout the entire lifecycle of Windows 7. (currently through Year 2020)


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July 13, 2010 at 08:01:52
Just because they allow you to downgrade your Windows it does not mean they will not stop support for XP. When they turn off update support you will no longer be able to get Windows Updates for XP.

I have yet to have that conversation with my boss because our budget is so small that we can't afford to put people in VISTA or 7 classes to teach them how to use the new OS. This means they will have to learn on their own. I have tried a couple people in our office on Windows VISTA but after a month they want me to put their systems back to XP.

Sorry to rant but I have no idea why Microsuck had to go and change their GUI. That being said they do have a compadability look which gives VISTA a feel of XP bu there are stil the pesky Wireless Setup that is totaly changed and the Control Panel that has been totaly change.

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July 13, 2010 at 15:51:49
According to This article, “Windows Vista customers are allowed to downgrade to Windows XP anytime they want, with no deadline.” If MS says “This will help maintain consistency for downgrade rights throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle.”, then they should allow the downgrade to Windows XP Professional for any version of Windows 7.

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July 13, 2010 at 20:01:35
Microsoft sells new product and you install the old one.
Who do you think wins here?

It is human nature not to like change.
People don't want to change OS's because its change.

They say NT would never die.
People still talk in terms of PDC/BDCs when talking AD, 11 plus years later.
NT/XP will never die.

They were popular.

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