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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Gone fishing
Member since:
2006-02-22

I'm sure youíre correct and it also agrees with my experience, we have 2 Vista Business PC and they've been horrible.

∑ Applications don't work including MS Office.
∑ Slow - is a dual core with a gig of RAM and a Nvidia graphics card low end? Do we need gaming PCs in the office?
∑ The default drivers, which should work e.g. Nvidia graphics drivers donít work properly (scrambles the screen when Vista asks for permission to make system changes and won't run the appropriate resolution)
∑ Rearranges peoples desktops when they open files from the desktop
∑ Wireless drivers not supplied difficult to find
∑ Etc

However XP is not a solution it is now no longer fit for purpose, Old, very insecure etc. MS need to fix Vista - although Iíd like to go for Ubuntu realistically I need some Window applications. I suggest MS strips the DRM crap and other Crap out of Vista concentrates on getting drivers that work and backwards compatibility working, and make a service pack that makes this OS just work.

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imstillatwork Member since:
2007-03-22

"is a dual core with a gig of RAM and a Nvidia graphics card low end?"

Being that vague? Yes. Yes it very well may be low end.

very slow...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116037

slower...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814139150

These components will make for a very very disappointing PC experience, even for email/internet/documents

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polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

"is a dual core with a gig of RAM and a Nvidia graphics card low end?"

Being that vague? Yes. Yes it very well may be low end.

very slow...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116037

slower...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814139150

These components will make for a very very disappointing PC experience, even for email/internet/documents


Not on XP and Ubuntu, they won't. I run an Athlon 2500+ with a gig of RAM, and use it for video and audio editing. Runs great on XP, and also Ubuntu Studio.

Don't forget XP came out when 600-700Mhz was the norm, and a gig of RAM was reserved for "power users", and that's if the system even supported it. I've got a Dell 933Mhz PIII that only supports 512MB. XP runs great on that too, and use that one as my PVR.

While I see what you're getting at, I must still say that Vista's hardware requirements show how bloated it is as an OS.

Edited 2007-06-29 20:03

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