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Giving up on Vista? Here's how to downgrade to XP
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 02 October 2007 12:01
Giving up on Vista? Here's how to downgrade to XP
Microsoft has given XP a reprieve, but few PCs come with anything but Vista; here's how to turn back the clock and downgrade to the earlier OS

By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
October 02, 2007
Microsoft's decision last week to delay the end of Windows XP sales five months means users have just that much longer to jilt Vista and return to the older -- and some say more mature -- operating system. But even with XP's reprieve, few PCs come with anything but Vista. Even if you wanted to take advantage of the wider window of XP opportunity, you might not know where to start. [Note: Corporations that acquire Microsoft operating system software through volume license agreements such as Select License, or who have signed up for Software Assurance, can downgrade any Windows software at any time.]

For the rest of us, just what does it take to turn back the clock? Read on for more about the trip to Windows yesteryear.

What is a downgrade? To Microsoft, "downgrade" describes the licensing rights it grants to older operating systems. Downgrade doesn't mean the process for rolling back Windows from Vista to XP, since there isn't such a procedure, not in the generally accepted use of "upgrade." In an older-to-newer move, developers usually make it possible to retain all the digital detritus on the drive, from already-installed applications and Word documents to iTunes tracks and family photos, while updating the system files. Not so in a downgrade.

Specifically, these downgrade rights lets owners of some versions of Vista replace it with Windows XP without having to pay for another license. In effect, the license for Vista is transferred to XP. Think of it as a swap, Vista for XP, not as an extra license. By Microsoft's end-user licensing agreement (EULA), you can't have both the Vista and its downgraded XP installed at the same time on the same or different machines. You have to pick: It's one or the other.... More           Comment in the Forum
 
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