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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RE: Ignoring the reasons why.
by Yogurth on Thu 28th Jun 2007 23:41 UTC in reply to "Ignoring the reasons why."
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You cannot run legally both XP and Vista on same machine unless You have retail licenses, as far as I know. That would mean in order to run them You would have to shell out ~500-800$ just for OS which isn't near of being smart. Problem with Vista is that XP is just fine, and upgrade price(hardware and software) does not hold any justifiable benefit, yet.

OEM have all the rights to demand this sort of MS move, since Vista ready or even Vista premium machines are often too unstable or poorely supported in VIsta. People are still using years old periferial hardware for which Vista isn't driver ready.

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