Reversing Windows 7 to XP gets yet another reprieve – again

In a reversal of its earlier stance, Microsoft officials confirmed that customers will be able to downgrade from Windows 7 to Windows XP for a year and a half after the new system ships, or until the first Service Pack drops — whichever comes first.

While some industry observers the modified downgrade policy is a change for the better, at least one analyst says Microsoft still hasn’t enough to provide options for enterprises.

This industry observer says Microsoft simply hasn’t a clue!

The downgrade option is also not available to all Windows 7 users: Downgrade rights apply to purchasers of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, so the option isn’t available to customers who buy Windows 7 Home Premium.

Additionally, customers who have either Software Assurance subscriptions or Enterprise Agreements with Microsoft can continue to get the downgrade as long as they want.

Confused, yet?

“Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate customers will have the option to downgrade to Windows XP Professional from PCs that ship within 18 months following the general availability of Windows 7 or until the release of a Windows 7 service pack (SP), whichever is sooner and if an SP is developed,” a Microsoft spokesperson told in an e-mail.

Understand that, OK?

5 thoughts on “Reversing Windows 7 to XP gets yet another reprieve – again

  1. Aaron says:

    Why would you even WANT to downgrade

    I’m running RC1 on a 2.2 ghz Athlon 64 with 2 gigs of DDR 333 ram and it runs no slower than it did with XP, and I crash noticeably less.

  2. Nathan says:

    I’m running it on a 1.67 Athlon XP system with 1GB of RAM and it’s faster and more stable than XP. Why would you want to go back?

  3. wok3 says:

    After Vista, you would think they might have a better plan than this. Microsoft is a huge company- why can’t they seem to get this right?

    • god says:

      This speaks most of all to Microsoft non-leadership. Not only within their own firm; but, in the industry.

      Can you imagine, say, Toyota getting ready to bring over the new LQ3 (which I wish they would) and prefacing the announcement with a statement that “after it craps out and needs a recall for lousy wiring you’ll only be able to participate in the recall if you bought it for fleet use”…?

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