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Windows 7: Microsoft Will Allow Downgrades From Windows 8 to Windows 7, Vista


03 Sep 2012   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Microsoft Will Allow Downgrades From Windows 8 to Windows 7, Vista

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Microsoft will allow users of Windows 8 Pro to downgrade their new PCs to Windows 7 or even Vista, according to the operating system's licensing agreement.

Not surprisingly, users may not downgrade to the still-used-but-slated-for-retirement Windows XP.

Downgrade rights -- which let customers replace a newer version of Windows with an older edition without paying for two copies -- are available only in Windows 8 Pro. That fits with previous practice: Only Windows 7 Professional, for instance, was allocated downgrade rights.

Read more at source:
Microsoft will allow downgrades from Windows 8 to Windows 7, Vista - Computerworld

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03 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks Brink for this and all your news.
I've tried the pre-releases of W8 and could get to love the final release.
But as with Vista I think I'll wait for SP-1.
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04 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32-bit Build 7601
 
 

Great news Brink!

Unlike Windows 7, you can downgrade to lower version of Windows from Windows 8 Pro. Will it require clean install or use Downgrade method on Windows Setup?
But Microsoft highly recommends that you always have the latest version of Windows to keep your computer secure.

I just using Windows 7 without antimalware for 2 years and I don't see any virus on my computer. Then this year I decided to have antivirus for 6 months without virus infections warning.
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04 Sep 2012   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonathanV View Post
I just using Windows 7 without antimalware for 2 years and I don't see any virus on my computer. Then this year I decided to have antivirus for 6 months without virus infections warning.

I cant believe your bragging about being such a dumb ass
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04 Sep 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Great news certainly.

Windows 8 is also quite cheap as far as I've heard.
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04 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32-bit Build 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
Great news certainly.

Windows 8 is also quite cheap as far as I've heard.
Yeah, it's cheap. Then after 2013, it will be expensive again.
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04 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think Windows 8 will grow on me, but for right now the Metro, ahem, new user interface makes tasks that used to be one or two clicks take three, four or even five clicks. It is clear that Microsoft designed Windows 8 with touchscreen interfaces being the primary target, and all others were secondary.

I have an iPad, an iPhone and an HP TouchPad (which dual boots Android and webOS), so I'm very familiar with and love touchscreens.

But I'm not going to throw away my awesome desktop with dual 23" 1080p monitors just because they don't support touch (unless it's my son planting his fingerprints on them just so he can watch me clean them again).

I can't help but wonder if Microsoft isn't being a bit careless, maybe even reckless, in this move. Windows 8 so heavily favors touchscreens that it would seem Microsoft is expecting touchscreen interfaces to completely, utterly and irrevocably obliterate, decimate, destroy, overtake, crush, splice, splay and accordian-pleat keyboard-and-mouse-based laptops and desktops, relegating them to antique computer museums.

I can use the iPad or TouchPad for a lot of things, but when I want to do a lot of typing or some heavy-duty work, please give me my keyboard and mouse.
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04 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonathanV View Post
I just using Windows 7 without antimalware for 2 years and I don't see any virus on my computer. Then this year I decided to have antivirus for 6 months without virus infections warning.

I cant believe your bragging about being such a dumb ass
He also thinks it's neat to run 7600 not activated.
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05 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Going from Windows 8 to Windows 7 is called a upgrade.
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05 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Going from Windows 8 to Windows 7 is called a upgrade.

LoL, indeed.

Microsoft needs to stop making drastic changes to their OS and start refining it.
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