Microsoft confirms Windows 7 downgrade rights

TechARP had been providing giving updates on the Windows 7 Downgrade Rights Program. Now Microsoft has confirmed the same in a blog post, regarding the Windows 7 Downgrade rights program.

Users can downgrade to Windows XP and Windows Vista from Windows 7 via OEMs for 6 months after Windows 7 General Availability. For customers and businesses running Windows XP, Microsoft still recommends an upgrade to Windows Vista before moving onto upgrading Windows 7. If the user needs to run Windows XP Professional on new PCs and if they are running Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate already, they have the automatic right to downgrade to a previous version of Windows for the life of that PC and the downgrade media may be obtained by an OEM for Windows XP for the service life of that PC (OEMs can choose to provide downgrade media).

The end user downgrade rights are available only to Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate editions and the user can downgrade to the corresponding previous versions of Windows, such as:

  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows XP Professional (both 32bit & 64bit)
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
And what about General Availability of Windows 7?

"We are currently in the development stages for Windows 7 and expect it will take approximately 3 years from Windows Vista Consumer GA to develop. The specific release date will be determined once Microsoft meets its quality bar for release."

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Uh, you do have that choice.
They are not obligated to provide you with a copy of Vista with SP2 rolled into it, but they'll happily sell you the license for it. Where and how you get the installation media from is another matter.
As is why you'd wanna run Vista SP2.

But, you weren't being serious, so I'll stop being serious too.
:ahem:
I want to run Windows 1.0! Where's my downgrade rights?!?! :8

before someone screams why are they doing this, they have always done this, heck we had downgrade rights from windows xp to windows 98/ME back in 2001... and from NT Wrokstation to 95 back before that

neufuse said,
before someone screams why are they doing this, they have always done this, heck we had downgrade rights from windows xp to windows 98/ME back in 2001... and from NT Wrokstation to 95 back before that

Precisely. I'm all for them giving customers choices.

The only difference this time is that they've kept XP support/downgrade rights way longer then they've done in the past.

Mostly due to Vista taking so long to be released and also the fact they've made so many low level changes that uptake wasn't fast enough.

I don't see anything holding Win7 back though. The fact it ran at all on the old PC I tried it on with 768MB of RAM says it all for me.

GP007 said,
I don't see anything holding Win7 back though. The fact it ran at all on the old PC I tried it on with 768MB of RAM says it all for me.

Exactly, Win7 is such a smooth experience (even in beta stages) and defo blazing fast. I remember trying Vista once released with 1gb ram back in the day and the pc was seriously crawling after just a fresh install. SP1 helped a bit but still the difference between xp and vista was staggering.

I was pretty sure Win7 would be equally demanding on new hardware and I was shocked when I saw my 3-years PC with just 2 gigs of ram being more responsive than ever.

I defo don't see many downgrading to XP and I seriously doubt a single guy out there will downgrade to vista.

Harbinger said,
I remember trying Vista once released with 1gb ram back in the day and the pc was seriously crawling after just a fresh install. SP1 helped a bit but still the difference between xp and vista was staggering.

Um...no. Just...no.

non.sequitur2 said,
Um...no. Just...no.

Um...yes. Just...yes.

Your experience with Vista may have been a good one, and maybe you found the OS performance acceptable. However, many didn't have the "The WOW starts now" experience that was hyped.

So, just because you had no issues, problems and/or complaints with Vista, it doesn't mean that others didn't. Just the same as the opinion above your post is not any less valid just because you don't agree with it.

iamwhoiam said,
Um...yes. Just...yes.

Your experience with Vista may have been a good one, and maybe you found the OS performance acceptable. However, many didn't have the "The WOW starts now" experience that was hyped.

So, just because you had no issues, problems and/or complaints with Vista, it doesn't mean that others didn't. Just the same as the opinion above your post is not any less valid just because you don't agree with it.

I would have to agree. Although I also think 1GB on XP also is to little as well. It runs better than Vista of course, but it's still not enough for anybody running games. Vista should have a minimum of 2GB for the heavy user.

I also have to totally agree. Vista on anything less than 2gb of ram and/or a very decent system is just asking for trouble. Even on a couple of my high end systems it wasn't stable.

XP is fine on 512mb of ram. It's a bit slow on 256mb though! :P

Bring on Win7!

The problem with Vista is not only the memory but cpu and specially the harddisk. I updated a notebook (vista preinstalled) from 1gb to 2gb and still was unusable.