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 and Autocad
by acobar on Fri 29th Jun 2007 00:03 UTC
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I have a customer that has a small engineering office. He has a couple of Autocad 2005 licenses and a film scanner. Only got Autocad running on a new computer replacement with Vista pre-installed after setting compatibility to Windows XP SP2 and checking "run as administrator".

Still got some glitches when accessing files from the server. Some of the software that came bundled with the film scanner works in a weird way.

The "boss" said that an upgrade is not an option and his employees need to adapt. The new machine is not that snap. I think MS should have done a better job.

From my side, I got bored by all that shine, gloss and effects and switched to a classical Windows 2000 look under Windows XP after installing my retail on my own computer. MS should think seriously about pacific coexistence of different copies of Windows on the same HD (sharing fonts and program settings whenever possible). This way they could get ride of all that compatibility bloat, at least partially and incrementally on new versions without too much disruption process. I bet they could even increase their profit selling support/upgrades for old copies (the way FOSS companies do) besides selling new ones.

For while, anyone that ask me receive the already classical answer: get XP if you can.

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