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Windows 7: Microsoft extends XP Downgrade rights until 2020

13 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 
Microsoft extends XP Downgrade rights until 2020

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Neowin.net
In an unusual move from Microsoft, the software giant announced that it will allow downgrade rights from Windows 7 to Windows XP Professional right up until 2020.

Microsoft originally stated that users could downgrade to Windows XP 18 months after the debut of Windows 7, or until Windows 7 SP1, which is just around the corner. However, the company changed its mind once again, offering customers the chance to downgrade from Windows 7 to Windows XP Professional until 2020, the entire lifecycle of Windows 7.
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I thought the goal was to KILL XP

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13 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

I think that's way too long to extend it until. Extending it to 2 years, or possibly 3 years then fair enough, but an extra 10 years just goes against, like you said, phasing XP out altogether.
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13 Jul 2010   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Ridiculous!
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13 Jul 2010   #4

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

If I remember correctly, Microsoft also said that the extended support life cycle for XP w/SP3 would end in 2014. Doesn't that usually mean no more updates, patches, etc? And by 2020 Microsoft will probably be rolling out Windows 10 or 11.
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13 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is the real reason why Vista was so crappy. MS ensured that nobody would want to use it after anything else came out. With XP, they had something that works and lots of businesses and such would rather just stay with it.

Friend of mine works for a company with over 50,000+ worldwide employees and they just gave him a new laptop last week with XP on it. They are still evaluating Windows 7 for future use.
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13 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Friend of mine works for a company with over 50,000+ worldwide employees and they just gave him a new laptop last week with XP on it. They are still evaluating Windows 7 for future use.
That isn't out of the ordinary. Many or most companies and government won't touch a new Windows before SP1.
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13 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

This makes no sense. Support for XP ends in 2014 yet people can still downgrade to it until 2020. Is Microsoft actually promoting using an outdated OS?
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13 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

That's funny because doesn't Windows XP SP3 support end in 2014?
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13 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'd be almost willing to bet that if MS allows you to downgrade until 2020...they will extend support until 2020 for the OS as well.
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13 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

By 2020, XP will be 19 years old!!! That would be even worse than still using Windows 95 today! Just end XP in 2014....
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