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Windows 7: Microsoft extends XP Downgrade rights until 2020

13 Jul 2010   #11
smarteyeball

 
 

Microsoft + XP Extension = Meet gun + foot and subsequent shooting themselves with it.


I can understand that not all businesses can afford to upgrade etc and there are valid reasons to stick with XP, but come on this is a bit much


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13 Jul 2010   #12
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wii Master 64 View Post
By 2020, XP will be 19 years old!!! That would be even worse than still using Windows 95 today! Just end XP in 2014....
Most Linux distros don't even have support that long.
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13 Jul 2010   #13
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

It sounds like a really wise move... reverse psycology... look what you people are typing here... I guess that is the real goal here... extended time so you end unhappy with XP because it doesn't support "X" or "Y" after a while... then you finally are "pushed" to migrate to a newer os than 7...

At least is my opinnion... sounds weird from them that you can downgrade to XP until 2020... is there anything about windows 7 they are not telling us?

See ya!!!
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13 Jul 2010   #14
pasquanel

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
so what?

So what is the problem here exactly? Microsoft will support Xp until 2020 so what? At the present rate of development (Vista and 7 already) no software we have now will be compatible with the OS's of 3 to 5 years from now! Microsoft will be beyond blame! Resistance is futile assimilate or be ignored!
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13 Jul 2010   #15
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I agree, this is beyond insanity. To support an OS that is already vastly outdated, now for ANOTHER ten years?! Do they actually WANT people to never ever leave XP?!
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13 Jul 2010   #16
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Would this be considered good new by the hackers? After all, aren't many businesses also making their employees stick with IE6?
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13 Jul 2010   #17
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
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.
I think you are right.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wii Master 64 View Post
By 2020, XP will be 19 years old!!! That would be even worse than still using Windows 95 today! Just end XP in 2014....
Interesting analogy. I do know a few souls who are still using 95. I think as older hardware wears out and folks by new computers, XP will die out. It does not make sense to buy a new machine with Win 7 loaded and migrate back to XP - unless it is a business that is dependent upon legacy software that will not run on Win 7.

I am running Win 7 32 bit because I have an old machine. When I replace it, I will run Win 7 64 bit; my new hardware will support it.

I still have a netbook running XP and it does just fine. For what my bride does, email and downloading photos from her Nikon, it is really all she needs. It works and she is happy with it. When we replace that netbook, we certainly won't downgrade back to XP.
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13 Jul 2010   #18
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BCXtreme View Post
I agree, this is beyond insanity. To support an OS that is already vastly outdated, now for ANOTHER ten years?! Do they actually WANT people to never ever leave XP?!
Do you really want an OS that runs on these specs?

https://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sysreqs/pro.mspx

  • 233MHz Pentium
  • 64MB RAM
  • 1.5GB disk space
That's disturbingly slow. You couldn't even browse today's internet with those specs.
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13 Jul 2010   #19
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
Do you really want an OS that runs on these specs?

https://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sysreqs/pro.mspx

  • 233MHz Pentium
  • 64MB RAM
  • 1.5GB disk space
That's disturbingly slow. You couldn't even browse today's internet with those specs.
For a person on dialup or slow ADSL, it doesn't make much difference. And there are still lots of folks on dialup and slow ADSL connections.
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13 Jul 2010   #20
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
Do you really want an OS that runs on these specs?

https://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sysreqs/pro.mspx

  • 233MHz Pentium
  • 64MB RAM
  • 1.5GB disk space
That's disturbingly slow. You couldn't even browse today's internet with those specs.
For a person on dialup or slow ADSL, it doesn't make much difference. And there are still lots of folks on dialup and slow ADSL connections.
"Lots" might be too strong a word. Either way, you can't dispute that dialup and slow ADSL is not "today's internet". That's yesterday's Internet, which of course would run just fine on yesterday's computers and OS.
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