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  • I bought a computer that came with Micrsoft Vista installed on it.  I was wondering if Micrsoft allows people to switch back to XP???
    Friday, June 12, 2009 7:06 AM

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  • Hello,

     

    To Microsoft, "downgrade" describes the licensing rights it grants to older operating systems. In short, these downgrade rights lets owners of some versions of Vista replace it with Windows XP without having to pay for another license. Downgrade doesn't mean the process for rolling back Windows from Vista to XP, since there isn't such a procedure, not in the generally accepted use of "upgrade."

     

    Since Windows Vista is pre-installed on the computer, it should be an OEM edition product. Owners of the OEM editions of Vista Business and Vista Ultimate can downgrade to Windows XP Professional, including Tablet PC Edition and x64 Edition. Those who aren't: All users of Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium, and anyone who upgraded to Vista using a retail edition of any of the operating system's SKUs.

     

    Install a copy of Windows XP Professional with the product key that came with the copy (you might order the disk from the computer manufacturer), and then when you hit the activation screen -- which is near the end of the installation process -- select the activate by phone option rather than the online method. You'll likely end up talking with a live rep; tell him that you're downgrading from Vista to XP, and give him the Vista product key. The rep is supposed to walk you through the rest.

     

    For more information about this subject, please refer to the following article

    Royalty OEM Reference Sheet - Windows Vista Downgrade Rights

     

    Good Luck!

    Andy

    • Marked as answer by Andy Song Thursday, June 18, 2009 9:52 AM
    Monday, June 15, 2009 8:41 AM

All replies

  • Short answer:  generally, no.

    Long answer:
    Downgrade rights are only bundled with the 'business' versions (Vista Business and, sometimes, Ultimate); they are never included with the Home versions (Home Basic and Home Premium.)
    Downgrade rights are also up to the computer manufacturer to offer (where possible), and, typically, are an extra cost item.  It will always be included in the specifications for the computer.  In other words, the OS spec will be listed as (for example) "Windows Vista Business w/ SP1, with Windows XP Professional downgrade."

    HTH,
    Chris
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    Saturday, June 13, 2009 4:16 AM
  • Hello,

     

    To Microsoft, "downgrade" describes the licensing rights it grants to older operating systems. In short, these downgrade rights lets owners of some versions of Vista replace it with Windows XP without having to pay for another license. Downgrade doesn't mean the process for rolling back Windows from Vista to XP, since there isn't such a procedure, not in the generally accepted use of "upgrade."

     

    Since Windows Vista is pre-installed on the computer, it should be an OEM edition product. Owners of the OEM editions of Vista Business and Vista Ultimate can downgrade to Windows XP Professional, including Tablet PC Edition and x64 Edition. Those who aren't: All users of Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium, and anyone who upgraded to Vista using a retail edition of any of the operating system's SKUs.

     

    Install a copy of Windows XP Professional with the product key that came with the copy (you might order the disk from the computer manufacturer), and then when you hit the activation screen -- which is near the end of the installation process -- select the activate by phone option rather than the online method. You'll likely end up talking with a live rep; tell him that you're downgrading from Vista to XP, and give him the Vista product key. The rep is supposed to walk you through the rest.

     

    For more information about this subject, please refer to the following article

    Royalty OEM Reference Sheet - Windows Vista Downgrade Rights

     

    Good Luck!

    Andy

    • Marked as answer by Andy Song Thursday, June 18, 2009 9:52 AM
    Monday, June 15, 2009 8:41 AM