Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jun 2007 21:39 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows Microsoft is simplifying the processes via which its PC-maker partners will be able to provide 'downgrade' rights from Windows Vista to Windows XP for their customers. Microsoft will implement the first of the policy changes for its Gold Certified (top-tier) OEM partners within the next couple of weeks. The company will streamline downgrade-rights policies and procedures for the broader channel somewhat later, said John Ball, general manager of Microsoft's US Systems Group.
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Vista has been a disaster
by monodeldiablo on Thu 28th Jun 2007 22:31 UTC
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We migrated several of our dying machines to Vista out of necessity (nobody would sell us an XP box). This was supposed to be a quick swap, since we've been swamped with business.

I've spent the better part of three weeks fixing all the various breakages and bugs, instead of doing my job. User accounts get periodically locked in AD. Some internal .NET apps run across the network, others don't, and still others don't run at all (WTF??). Microsoft's migration wizards appear to ignore configuration files and documents at random. *ALL* of our third party apps required an upgrade (and, surprise surprise, a new license purchase) to work. And they still crash. Frequently.

Speaking of crashes, everything seems to crash or slow to a grinding halt with eerie consistency. IE whitescreens an average of once an hour for each computer. Firefox is worse. New problems crop up every couple of days. Oh, and everything is slower than molasses. Upgrade? Where? This stuff ran as smooth as butter on XP.

In the end, if you factor in the money it's cost us to buy new hardware, buy new licenses and redirect our meager tech resources to support the constant breakages, the Vista "upgrade" has cost us our entire hardware and software budget for the year. ROI my ass. No new servers. No PM software. We've got to make due with what we have now. Thanks Microsoft.

What I would give to put XP on those desktops and get the past three weeks of my life (and my operating budget) back...

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