Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 19:45 UTC
Windows So, I guess Apple set a trend three years ago when it announced the $29 pricing for Snow Leopard (insert patent joke here). Microsoft has just announced the upgrade pricing for Windows 8 Pro - and it's good. Every Windows XP, Vista, and 7 install, no matter the version, is eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro (download version) for just $39.99. The fine print: this offer only runs until January 31, 2013.
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RE: Downgrade right to Win7 Pro?
by Nico57 on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 22:03 UTC in reply to "Downgrade right to Win7 Pro?"
Nico57
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2006-12-18

Sounds like a nice option!

Why do theses XP machines *need* a Win7 upgrade anyway?
64-bit support?

If your XP licenses are actually downgraded Vista licenses, there's another option: you can downgrade Vista to XP64.
That's quite an upgrade actually!

While XP64 was never massively used, hardware support is still quite good.
Thanks to its success on the workstation market and its shared codebase with Windows Server 2003, graphics and networking support is top notch.
The only 2 problematic device classes I've had to deal with are embedded audio codecs (Vista64 drivers may not work) and USB wifi dongles from the XP era (upgraded drivers sometimes exist but can only be picked by Vista/7 from WindowsUpdate, and cannot be downloaded otherwise).

And of course, vendor support is coming to its end on April 8, 2014 (just like XP32).
Still, that's almost 2 more years to go.

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