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MS to keep XP 'downgrade' in Windows 7 era

updated 08:00 am EDT, Tue April 7, 2009

MS to Keep XP Downgrades

Microsoft late yesterday confirmed it would maintain its Windows XP downgrade program even after Windows 7 launches. Originally planned as an effort to accommodate customers hoping to avoid using Windows Vista for compatibility or poor performance, the program's already extended July target has now been quietly revealed as lasting until June 2010 and will let those buying a Windows 7 system optionally pay extra to install XP as the primary operating system, leaving 7 as an optional install for later. A spokesman claims the extension to 2010 was made over a year ago.

The official also asserts that this "not the first time" customers could trade down past more than one version of Windows, and that businesses using Microsoft's subscription-based Software Assurance program have been able to move back to "any" version of Windows.

While described as unexceptional, the downgrade program was heavily publicized in 2008 by PC makers as general, downgrade-free availability for XP itself came to an end but demand for the more familiar and more compatible software continued. Customers have gone so far as to sue Microsoft for charging to use an older operating system that avoids some perceived issues.



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  1. climacs

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    hahahaha

    SSDD with MSFT.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -4

    love it

    Some people actually sued because they had to pay to use the older operating system? Couldn't be happy to have the option, no.

    See, Apple is smart here. They won't sell you the older operating system, and certainly won't update it to support any new computer, no matter how much you need the older OS.

  1. bobolicious

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    re: love it

    ...apple charged upwards of $50 to get a 'special' version of 10.4.10 to install on a mbp that shipped with 10.5 - this despite having a couple of retail copies that simply wouldn't install being earlier revisions... Unfortunately such a 'downgrade' is problematic for mail & possibly other apps and so I have been stuck between what was a rock solid 10.4.11 & almost daily issues with 10.5.6 - anxiously awaiting 10.5.7...

    More flexibility in OS/hardware choice would seem helpful to take advantage of hardware improvements (eg. 6 GB mobile RAM) without having to change one's mission critical business/project application environment especially if mid project...

  1. Constable Odo

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    I like using Windows XP

    on my MacBook Pro. I had removed it and loaded Vista Ultimate when it first came out. I used Vista for couple of weeks, then got annoyed with hearing the fans running all the time, and put Windows XP back on. I've been using WinXP ever since in both BootCamp and VMWare Fusion. It suits me fine and I never have any stability problems with it. Kaspersky AV stops any viruses or malware and so far, so good. Long live WinXP Pro. As long as there's support for it, I'll continue to use it.

    If Windows 7 only turns out to be a little better than Windows XP, MS will be truly screwed.

  1. chas_m

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    BWAHAHAHA

    Well, I think this news puts the "Mac vs PC" debate, at least on the OS level, to bed.Can you imagine -- seriously! -- that Mac OS X Leopard/Tiger users would be clamouring, petitioning and threatening lawsuits if Apple wouldn't let them downgrade to 10.0!!That was the OS that was current when XP escaped -- sorry, was released!BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHACase closed.

  1. chas_m

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    BWAHAHAHA

    Well, I think this news puts the "Mac vs PC" debate, at least on the OS level, to bed.

    Can you imagine -- seriously! -- that Mac OS X Leopard/Tiger users would be clamouring, petitioning and threatening lawsuits if Apple wouldn't let them downgrade to 10.0!! Or even OS 9 for that matter!!

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Case closed.

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