View Full Version : Downgrade Vista to XP

03-07-2008, 06:53 PM
Did you know that Vista Business and Ultimate editions have downgrade rights?

I just read that if you have either Vista Business or Vista Ultimate, you can use your License for either one and install Windows XP Pro using the Vista license.

There is hope!!!!

03-07-2008, 07:32 PM
Oh man you just found this out. The only versions of vista I recommend is Vista Business and Ultimate, for obvious reasons.

03-07-2008, 07:45 PM
I always recommend XP over Vista to anyone for anything.

03-07-2008, 08:09 PM
Good to know! I feel a bad for charging a customer for 2 XP licenses now, as they had Vista Business :(

Any source to verify this?

03-08-2008, 12:17 AM

01-02-2009, 03:54 AM
Well, I guess microsoft even knows that xp is better.

01-02-2009, 05:05 PM
Well, I guess microsoft even knows that xp is better.

Yes, the do. Yet people try to defend it for some reason. I kinda feel sorry for these people. These are the same people that always think newer=better.

How about "if it aint broke, don't fix it"

With Microsoft its more like: "If it aint broke, fix it until it is"

01-03-2009, 02:27 AM
Until now I am into XP pro.

downloading form vista to xp is a serious job. make sure that you got all XP drivers before doing so...

01-03-2009, 03:13 AM
Yea every new Vista Business notebook or tablet I received came with XP Pro recovery media, I only recommend Vista Business, or Ultimate to my customers specifically for this reason.

01-03-2009, 08:43 AM
Well, I guess microsoft even knows that xp is better.

Technically this is not new. there has been downgrade options for a long time. There just hasn't been much of a need for it until vista.

Downgrade options are not just for the Windows Operating System. Microsoft will also allow you to downgrade thier other software such as Office and Visio, but you have to stay with the same version type. Example: downgrade from the horrible and ugly Office 2007 Pro to Office 2003 Pro. or from Office 2003 Standard to Office XP Standard. It gets a little odd when it comes to the type of licesne such as retail vs. OEM

Office Downgrade Rights (http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/2/3/d23b9533-169d-4996-b198-7b9d3fe15611/downgrade_chart.doc)

01-03-2009, 04:47 PM
They do this so corporations that have a timed migration schedule only have to buy one license/system, and it's a backdoor xp license for companies that never migrate. I still work on POS systems that get shipped brand new with Windows 2000 on them so don't think it's uncommon for business to use ancient OSes.

It's been like that since day one so it's not that they think Vista is garbage or anything. Microsoft just really feels the pressure with corporation clients, and they pretty much get what they want.