Downgrade to XP from Vista Home as soon as Steady state not available for Vista RRS feed

  • Question

  • I use steady state on XP computers, on the last one I bought I can only get Vista (home premium), but as soon as Steady state is not available for Vista I would like to be allowed to downgrade them to XP, is this possible ?


    I read somewhere that downgrade is available for Vista Pro only, what can I do !!


    it looks like a pitfall, because I've been forced to buy vista for less service than i got with XP, It looks like I need to buy Vista OEM (coming with the PC), and XP to get the same service (more that 300€ more to do the same thing).


    Thank you in advance for answer

    Saturday, November 24, 2007 11:33 PM


All replies

  • Hi Rc35,


    SteadyState 2.5 Beta has been released. It supports both XP and Vista. Please feel free to try it if you have interest.


    Windows SteadyState 2.5 Beta



    Windows SteadyState 2.5 Beta Handbook



    Best Regards,

    Monday, November 26, 2007 3:24 AM
  • Thank you for the answer to one part of my post, but I don't like to use Beta

    for the other part of my question, do you have answer : is there a way to downgrade from vista home premium to XP, without paying more than twice the bill ? and keeping the ability to switch to Vista when needed.

    Monday, November 26, 2007 6:58 AM
  • Hi,


    You can refer to the following document for more information:




    Based on the above document, only Business & Ultimate version have the downgrade right. As this forum mainly focus on SteadyState issues, you can also refer to the following post in the Vista Migration forum:


    To downgrade Windows Vista Business to Windows XP Professional




    Tuesday, November 27, 2007 2:29 AM
  • I've already seen this document, that's the main reason for my post, I have to use beta because you (MSFT) don't allow users to downgrade.


    Thank you for your answer about Steady state Beta which is a part of the answer,


    but as it is a beta, you can admit it's not a full answer : I had more capabilities with XP than with Vista Home Premium, and no choice from MS to downgrade


    Best Regards

    Tuesday, November 27, 2007 7:07 AM
  • I tried the beta and got some problems (unable to defrag even as administrator, windows not starting sometimes, ...) so I have to remove it.
    The new PC's with Vista are worst (in functionalities as shared computers) than the previous ones with XP.
    That's a pity
    As you told, it's not a steady state fault/problem
    But as soon as MSFT do not allow Home users o downgrade, it's a MSFT Problem
    If you think this post could be more usefull (to get a positive answer to my downgrade question) on another place, don't hesitate to told me ...
    Best regards
    Friday, January 4, 2008 10:45 PM