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Windows 7 to XP Pro downgrade

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  • Hi,

    I am going to be building a new desktop PC. I have to put Windows XP Pro on it.

    I read something about Microsoft having a Windows 7 to Windows XP downgrade option, but I did not fully understand how this works.

    Can I buy a copy of Windows 7 and rather than installing Windows 7, can I install Windows XP Pro? If so, where do I get the copy of Windows XP Pro? If anyone can explain how this works, I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance,
    Paul

    Sunday, August 22, 2010 4:58 PM

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  • You have rights just Not the way you have said it.

    You have to install windows 7 first and go thru the process of setting up the PC, YOU must provide the XP media

    http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/downgrade_rights.aspx

    • Proposed as answer by Sabrina Shen Tuesday, August 24, 2010 3:55 AM
    • Marked as answer by Sabrina Shen Friday, August 27, 2010 8:28 AM
    Sunday, August 22, 2010 5:04 PM
  • It is all in the docs, if one would take the read them. Q. Where does the system builder or end user get the Windows Vista Professional, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Business, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, or Windows XP x64 Edition media disk to perform the downgrade? A. The downgrade media can be media associated with any prior legally licensed version from the OEM system builder or retail channels. Additionally, an end user, who is licensed separately through Microsoft Volume Licensing programs, may provide their Volume Licensing media and key to their system builder to use to facilitate the downgrade on only their systems. End users can use the following media for their downgrades: Retail (full packaged product), or system builder edge-to-edge media (provided the software is acquired in accordance with the Microsoft OEM System Builder License). Additionally an end user, who is licensed separately through Microsoft Volume Licensing programs, may provide their Volume Licensing media and key to their system builder to use to facilitate the downgrade on only their systems. End users can use the following media for their downgrades: Retail (full packaged product), or system builder edge-to-edge media (provided the software is acquired in accordance with the Microsoft OEM System Builder License). Additionally an end user, who is licensed separately through Microsoft Volume Licensing programs, may provide their Volume Licensing media and key to their System Builder to use to facilitate the downgrade on only their systems. End users can use one legal version of the downgrade media for multiple installations. They don't need to have one set of media for each PC they are downgrading, because they have acquired legitimate full operating system licenses for the most recent version, which gave them the right to downgrade. OEM Versions of Windows 7 Eligible for Downgrade Only certain OEM versions of Windows 7 include downgrade rights: Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate include downgrade rights to Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate. Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate include downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, or Windows XP x64 Edition. Other OEM Windows 7 versions (for instance, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium) do not include downgrade rights.
    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 1:40 PM
  • If so, where do I get the copy of Windows XP Pro?

    YOU must provide the XP media


    Proposed As Answer by Sabrina Shen Moderator

     

    Q:  where do i get the copy

    A:  from the torrents

     

    Wednesday, March 09, 2011 8:30 PM
  • To answer Paulekramers question. Since so far no one has. You may downgrade to xp if you have the correct version of windows 7. The editions are ultimate and business.

    Wednesday, March 09, 2011 9:06 PM
  • If so, where do I get the copy of Windows XP Pro?
    YOU must provide the XP media



    bubba's joking.  he'll mail you his copy.

     

     

    more humor from bubba's link:   "Also see the Step-by-Step Guide and FAQ for Windows 7 .pdf 1.8 MB for customers."   hey bubba, i'm sure you read that pdf manual.  it's bound to tell exactly where you can obtain the media from.  but when i click it, it just sends me here.  how about uploading a copy to your skyline and giving us a link.  ok?

    Monday, April 18, 2011 7:24 AM