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[2]: Vista has been a disaster
by Morgan on Fri 29th Jun 2007 00:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Vista has been a disaster"
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What, precisely, do you mean by "We migrated several of our dying machines to Vista out of necessity" do you mean you installed Vista on the old machines, or bought new machines to replace the old ones, couldn't get XP (not too surprising) and found that all the old stuff wasn't written correctly?

I don't know for sure, but I think I comprehend his situation fairly well. He is in a smallish company, they have a somewhat limited budget and their current machines happened to reach their end-of-life right around the time all the vendors started shipping Vista exclusively. They weren't big enough (or didn't have the budget) for volume licensing on XP so they just bought a few XP preloaded machines as needed. Now, they're stuck without a way to wipe Vista from the new hardware and install XP. This has led to a snowball effect with their software and network needs due to Vista's current instability and lack of backwards-compatibility.

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