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

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


    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.


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    Microsoft will allow downgrades from Windows 8 to Windows 7, Vista - Computerworld

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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Hi there
    this makes sense - but actually most people who I have spoken to who have NEVER used windows before don't seem to have too much of a problem with W8.

    People coming from a previous version of Windows do still have (IMHO) some quite legitimate concerns on the useability of the product - especially if they are "Classic Desktop users" using essentially typical (non gaming etc) windows apps like say Ms office / photoshop etc or logging on to company VPN's.

    These difficulties are "overcomable" (Eng ??) but do need some user education -- and of course the whole way classic Windows applications are installed - need to have a way of making sure that 100's of "redundant" tiles aren't generated.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    They won't have a problem with it - if all they want they is few shortcuts to go to fbook or play a game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    especially if they are "Classic Desktop users"
    Which would really include any previous user of Windows, as it's always been a "classic desktop" OS.
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    I don't get it. So I this would only apply to new PCs with Windows installed? If you buy a copy of Windows 8, why would you if you just downgrade to a lower version?
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    Yes, if you buy a new PC With Windows 8 preinstalled, you will have the option to replace it to Windows 7 or even Vista, if you so desire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Yes, if you buy a new PC With Windows 8 preinstalled, you will have the option to replace it to Windows 7 or even Vista, if you so desire.
    That's fair
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