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: Vista has been a disaster
by polaris20 on Fri 29th Jun 2007 14:39 UTC in reply to "Vista has been a disaster"
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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.

All your problems could have been non-existent had you done 5 minutes internet research.

Dell, Gateway, and HP all offer XP Professional loaded machines. Insight (and probably CDW) are both selling boxed retail full and upgrade versions. No need for volume licensing. sells the OEM in single or 3-packs.

Don't get me wrong; I'm not a big Vista fan either. But you can't blame this one on Microsoft, because your IT dept failed to do proper research and planning.

We've continued to buy quad-core workstations, ultra-light laptops, 17" workstation laptops, and middle of the road laptops all with great selection, all with XP.

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