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Windows 7: Downgrade plan for Windows 7 PCs

11 Apr 2009   #11
Adamd

Windows 7 7100 build
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crunchy Doodle View Post
I work for a large corporation. In spite of the high-tech engineering and manufacturing we do, the standard desktop PC, workstation or laptop is running XP Pro SP2, with IE6. My Dell T5400 workstation, which is only a few months old, has a Vista Business OEM license sticker on the top, but came to me with XP Pro SP2 with IE6. My biggest shock was some months ago was when corporate IT pushed down Microsoft Office 2007 onto everyone's machine. They decided they needed some of the cool features of Active Directory that are supported only in Office 2007. I expect to be retired before they switch to Windows 7. That's the way many big companies do things.

Bye.
I feel bad for you being stuck with IE6 lol. No tabs, no security, nothing but crap crap crap


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11 Apr 2009   #12
wysiwyg

Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Can't really see why downgrades should be offered, its a retrograde step, its trying to keep obsolete systems, that need to discarded,

Computing is an ongoing thing, 8 years of XP is enough, how many have tried to "tart it" up with bits from Vista, they're living in a dream world.

I think one of the main reasons (excuses) is upgrading the hardware.

Sorry M/S, its a mistake, you're making a rod for your own back, there are too many dinosaurs out there.
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11 Apr 2009   #13
whoosh

windows 7077
 
 

Yes would not take the option to go with an earlier system . Windows 7 rocks ennit ;.)
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11 Apr 2009   #14
Romulinx2

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Romulinx2 View Post
The worst marketing decision ever by Microsoft?
I think it gives a bad impression and shows a lack of confidence.
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11 Apr 2009   #15
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wysiwyg View Post
Can't really see why downgrades should be offered, its a retrograde step, its trying to keep obsolete systems, that need to discarded,

Computing is an ongoing thing, 8 years of XP is enough, how many have tried to "tart it" up with bits from Vista, they're living in a dream world.

I think one of the main reasons (excuses) is upgrading the hardware.

Sorry M/S, its a mistake, you're making a rod for your own back, there are too many dinosaurs out there.

This is what I exactly thinks of this downgrade. People has to stop thinking that their computers are everlasting like they are. An hardware upgrade, when done correctly, will be worth another 10 years for some people/enterprise. Upgrading from a Pentium III to a Core 2 Duo is huge difference and you will stop having performance issues.
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11 Apr 2009   #16
Adamd

Windows 7 7100 build
 
 

I kind of want to say anyone with a Pentium 2,3,or 4 should be or already have replaced the systems if you can afford it.

The speed difference between Pentium 4 and a core 2 duo or quad is just outstanding.
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12 Apr 2009   #17
djfirestorm

Windows 7 (Build 7068)
 
 

I am with Adamd. I NEVER get viruses on XP...viruses are caused by stupid users. The one time I got infected, I had a feeling before I clicked on that porn banner my computer would get screwed up.haha Jk about the banner, but it is a point I would like to get across to parents with kids that compling about XP being so slow (thank god they dont have vista lol)!!! Although I will use XP for years to come, due to business reasons...I would recommend 7. I have been using it extensively and to be honest...except for no X-Fi on my ROG sound card, and the punkbuster issue, I have not had ANY problems afte build 7057. 7070 is faster I noticed though.
Now back to the issue, downgrading is still usable to many companies, but like some have said, unless there is a specific reason to use XP, Windows 7 will be a fresh change. The one thing that irritates me, is Ultimate editions, which cost the most, dont downgrade??? WTF is that, anything that costs more than buisiness edition should have it in. And for Home Premium, should be able to downgrade to XP Home at least. It is fair...after all if XP is being dropped for support, by any other legal standards (similar to royalties) it should become open lisence. But I forgot, Micro$oft is exempt from following copyright and privacy laws.
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14 Apr 2009   #18
JerzeyLegend

Windows 7 Build 7277
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
The thing is with this is that although under the existing agreements customers of suppliers who decide to offer the facility, (possibly for a fee).

Microsoft has not as far as I am aware changed the fact that XP will only covered by security fixes from the 14th of April 2009 (in about 5 days).

Is an unsupported XP OS such a big draw as it was when Vista was released
I thought support was going to end in 2014.
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14 Apr 2009   #19
djfirestorm

Windows 7 (Build 7068)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerzeyLegend View Post
I thought support was going to end in 2014.
Microsoft does whatever it wants. I highly doubt it would go to 2014, that would defeat the purpose in selling copies of "more secure" operating systems. If you keep updating a program then there is no need to upgrade to a new one!!!
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14 Apr 2009   #20
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

The provision of free support ends for XP Today, although Microsoft will continue to supply security updates only until 2014.

All development and bug fixes for XP has now finished.

If you are a business user who wishes to continue using XP, various support options are available for purchase from Microsoft, (and others).

This is a part of the normal life cycle for a Microsoft operating system, although, due to various external pressures, this has taken longer than usual with XP
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