Microsoft will allow Windows 7 downgrade to XP

After many requests and company IT departments pushing
Microsoft to make Windows 7 available to downgrade
not only to Windows Vista, but to Windows XP, Microsoft has finally officially stated that the downgrade will be available if company's or users require a downgrade.

The downgrade will not only allow consumers to downgrade to Microsoft most recent predecessor, Vista, but will allow users to downgrade to Windows XP, and technically allow users to go back to Windows 2000 or even Windows 95.

A Microsoft spokesperson said the rumored April 30, 2010 cut-off date may not be the official cut-off date for the downgrade, while an announcement is yet to be officially made, company's can rest easy that the downgrade will allow for rollbacks on their systems.

The safety guard is primarily in place for volume-license users, the majority of which are owned by large businesses, where upgrade to the newest version of Windows can be a nightmare for compatibility and IT departments.

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And just before any person accuses me of hating on Microsoft or something (another Neowin pet peeve!) I'm posting this from a Vista remote desktop session, from a Windows 7 beta based laptop - which I love!

Just being a realist here.

Chicane-UK said,
a new OS with new hardware requirements

They still have Pentium II there?? Because Windows 7 runs fine on Pentium III 800 Mhz.

For businesses, fine. But for consumers it will probably take so long to get the procedure done, and you will have a hard time finding all drivers for newer hardware. I really think not many consumers will want to downgrade.

Great idea they should of done this straight away with vista although Windows 7 is that good it isnt really worth downgrading to XP, on a modern system both perform really well.

I'm currently dual booting 7 and XP, both are fantastic OS'

Uhh, you could've always have downgraded from Vista to XP, that's been Microsoft policy for years now...

After all the hype behind Windows 7 they're shooting themselves in the foot by keeping XP alive yet again? This is going to fuel the XP trolls who refuse to upgrade because of how "bad" Vista is. I bet it gets spun like "See, even Microsoft thinks 7 sucks because they still offer XP" lol. I hope they at least end regular consumer support for XP like they planned and keep it just for cheap businesses who can't keep up with the times.

keep it just for cheap businesses who can't keep up with the times.

Do you have any idea how real businesses work? It has jack all to do with not keeping up with the times, and having to concentrate on day to day operations rather than un-necessary work such as moving an entire corporation over to a completely new operating system.

Get a sense of perspective for gods sake.

Chicane-UK said,
Do you have any idea how real businesses work? It has jack all to do with not keeping up with the times, and having to concentrate on day to day operations rather than un-necessary work such as moving an entire corporation over to a completely new operating system.

Get a sense of perspective for gods sake.


Plus, of course, this isn't a good time for businesses to be spending extra cash. I'd rather they spent it on employing people than upgrades.

Chicane-UK said,
Do you have any idea how real businesses work? It has jack all to do with not keeping up with the times, and having to concentrate on day to day operations rather than un-necessary work such as moving an entire corporation over to a completely new operating system.

Get a sense of perspective for gods sake.

That's just laziness. I'd agree if this was Vista being released and there was nothing else besides XP that was tried and true and everything would crumble if a reliable OS was not used but unfortunately that isn't the case anymore. It isn't even about upgrading for the sake of it, it's for security purposes, which I'm sure most businesses can appreciate.

A good IT department with the right network setup and group policies can secure an XP installation fine. Its not laziness. Companies have to weigh the cost of deployment, training, other upgrades that may be necessary, and other factors to see if it would even be feasible to deploy on a wide scale. Most companies are cutting budgets now, not expanding.

That's just laziness.

Seriously. Are you just trolling to wind me up? I'm willing to bet you don't have any insight in this area. If you had any idea how enterprise wide I.T. worked you know that laziness has NOTHING to do with it.

A small business with like 10 employees maybe.. a large enterprise with 500+ employees with a variety of applications, branch offices, etc - it's a major overhaul.

I guess this one is a really bad decisions. XP cannot take much advantage of the new technology, speeds and graphics technology. I bought a new PC had XP first but that is featureless as compared to Vista. I find Vista running more smoothly than XP on new hardware. Windows 7 is going to be the best os from Microsoft as they have learned a lot from Vista.

I would compare XP, Vista and Windows 7 as follows:
Windows XP = Old should not be used now although it has a lot of dependency the upgrade process must start ASAP.
Windows Vista = Windows 7 Alpha,Beta whatever public release.
Windows 7 = The real taste of new OS from Microsoft.

So if I get a brand new computer with a Windows 7 license I can downgrade that license to Windows XP? Wow, I would never want to do that...

pensadr said,
So if I get a brand new computer with a Windows 7 license I can downgrade that license to Windows XP? Wow, I would never want to do that...

Very good ha ha. Seriously I agree.

I get a O/S released in 2010 and actually wish to downgrade to an O/S from a decade ago. All the talk that XP wil be 8 years old is rubbish, it will be 10 years since Windows 2000.

Why are people saying that Windows 7 is another Vista.. It isn't.

I've been running the Beta for quite awhile now. It runs smoother and doesn't crash as much as Vista did. Here's the list of systems that I've been testing it on:

Dell Latitude C610 [Pentium III-M @ 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, ATI Radeon Mobility 16MB, 40GB HDD]
Dell Inspiron 5100 [Pentium 4 @ 2.66GHz, 1GB RAM, ATI Radeon 7500 64MB, 40GB HDD]
IBM Thinkpad R40 [Pentium-M @ 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, ATI Radeon 7500 32MB, 80GB HDD]

Sure.. They don't get the nice Aero effects, but they run rather good, even the P3. I haven't tested it on a sub-1GHz setup, but I will soon.

I'm tired of people branding Windows 7 as Vista without even testing it. Windows XP is going away eventually since SP3 is the last service pack. Microsoft does need to keep compatibility with XPDM drivers at least until the next OS.

Of course, if people still want to run the latest OS with all the bells and whistles on their old hardware, they should consider Linux.

Simba7 said,
Of course, if people still want to run the latest OS with all the bells and whistles on their old hardware, they should consider Linux

Exactly.

The amount of people who ran very old hardware and complained Vista didn't cope too well. Same goes for Office, complaining Outlook "2000" isn't really Vista compatible, please.

Since running Vista since May 2007 I've found it so much more efficient and reliable than XP, yes it's certainly not as nippy (but it's by no means slow) but compared to XP it's so much more reliable.

I certainly it less likely to get software rot.

where upgrade to the newest version of Windows can be a nightmare for compatibility and IT departments

Only for those that are incompetent and unable to plan a migration from an obsolete operating system to a newer one. Seriously, it is not that difficult and there are more than enough resources to make the transition an easy one.

Time to take the XP crutch away.

Only for those that are incompetent and unable to plan a migration from an obsolete operating system to a newer one.

Sigh. So tell me how large your IT department (and enterprise is) - you seem to have a pretty good insight into the requirements of a large scale, major project such as this and must have been through similar deployments in the past?

So to all those who think an upgrade is easy, lets go thru the numbers. Do you want to be able to buy groceries as more than 90% of all registers you see at major super markets use windows of those a great deal of the save U / buy cheap grocery stores are still using windows 2000 or older. Do you want to go shopping for clothing or other merchandise, because the store that your at unless it is using its own custom made mainframe program (which are a total of a hand few places) has point of sale systems running windows either 2000 or xp. Do you want to get a drink at a bar or order food at a restaurant or fast food place....look out its windows XP, what do you think operates the majority of the point of sales systems used worldwide (Micros, squral, volante, retail pro, Radiant, qwest....I could keep going but i would hope you get the idea). All of these places 100,000's of them have your sales that then have to communicate with ordering software with credit card software with security software with data and banking software and so on. One single store with 4 registers that I'm currently working with in my line of work needs to have 11 different software makers get there different software all updated and talking to each other properly and securely (since no one wants their software to be the reason for another million person security breach) before we even start talking about an upgrade. AND YOU WANT TO DO THIS WITH THE WORLD WIDE ECONOMY IS THE #$@$%@ CONDITION - wake up and smell the real world..... The planet does not revolve around your home rig that you spend weeks building and tweaking for your own pleasure.

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