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If you want Windows XP Pro on a new machine, buy Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate) and then downgrade

I’m not sure how many people are aware of this, but if you buy a Windows Vista Business or Ultimate then you can use a Windows XP CD (which you have legal access to) to load Windows XP onto that machine.

When you need the product key / or need to activate, this will potentially fail, but a quick call to the activation centre with your Vista product key should give you all the details you need. Then when you are ready to put Vista onto that machine, you can do without the cost of buying it anew.  Alternatively you can buy Windows XP today and should you ever want to load Vista, you can give more money to a shop to get a copy again.

For further information go to http://oem.microsoft.com/script/sites/public/licensing.htm

 

More information can be found in this one page document OEM Downgrade from Vista to Windows XP

 

ttfn

David

 

Please Note the following (in legalese)

Windows Vista Downgrade Rights Clarification

Per the EULA and OEM DTOS Agreement, the end user customer is responsible for supplying media for the OEM or customer to create the downgrade product image on the customer system.  Neither Microsoft, the OEMs, nor the system builders are responsible for supplying this media.  VL customers already have the necessary media.  For non-VL customers, the easiest way to obtain this media is to buy a single FPP copy of Windows XP Pro or use an existing FPP copy of Windows XP Pro if they already own one.  That media can then be used to downgrade Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate machines to Windows XP Pro.    If the customer uses a product key for Windows XP Pro that they’ve previously activated, that machine will likely fail activation.   If the downgraded machine fails activation the customer will be prompted to call the product activation call center to request a key that will enable them to pass activation.  The customer should mention that they’re exercising their downgrade rights to the customer service representative in the activation call center. 


Posted Fri, Jun 1 2007 11:03 PM by David Overton

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TrackBack wrote http://pitc.ie/forum/viewtopic.php?p=358&sid=0b4e57ff9e95aa315af75666ec7f8301
on Mon, Jul 23 2007 10:56 AM
David Overton's Blog wrote Is Vista really that bad or do we have rose tinted glasses - How well was Windows XP accepted in the early years
on Thu, Nov 29 2007 9:16 AM

I have had a bit of a rant with Vlad over at Vista SP1 vs. XP SP3 Performance Stats: Flawed Samples or

Dennis Petrillo ([email protected]) wrote re: If you want Windows XP Pro on a new machine, buy Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate) and then downgrade
on Fri, Feb 8 2008 9:24 PM

David (Thanks in advance for any help) (North Branford,, Connecticut, USA)

My situation is opposite of the downgrade. I have a Compaq R4000 and boght Vista Business from Staples (office supplies) and had them install it. It ran OK for a few months but then began to have major problems. I checked compatability, and my computer is not compatable with Vista. I reinstalled my XP Home additionwhich was the original software on this computer. I performed all upgrades, etc.  I then tried to install my XP Professional (2002) and I get an error message thatmy software is newr, or a later version of, the XP Proffesional.

Question: Could this be true? It seems I am being told by my software that if I have an old version of XP and I keep upgrading, I will eventually catch up to the new versions. Sounds a bit like Einstein.

If not, why am I being told XP Home with upgrades, i 2008, is newer than XP Professional 2002, before I am allowed to install and update?

Thanks again,

D

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test wrote re: If you want Windows XP Pro on a new machine, buy Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate) and then downgrade
on Tue, Apr 15 2008 4:15 PM

What if you want to use the Vista Business license key to activate the Windows XP installation? Is that possible? It did not work for me on an OEM XP SP2c sysprepped image? How am I then supposed to activate this XP if Vista license key does not work and XP licenses will no longer be sold. Calling microsoft everytime we have to activate XP is too tedious for our case...

David Overton wrote re: If you want Windows XP Pro on a new machine, buy Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate) and then downgrade
on Tue, Apr 15 2008 5:08 PM

Hi,

the ability to do this online was being planned... I have asked where we have got to in the process.

Thanks

David

Mark Robinson wrote re: If you want Windows XP Pro on a new machine, buy Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate) and then downgrade
on Sun, Apr 20 2008 10:16 AM

The only "online" way I can see of doing this is as per the following: partner.microsoft.com/.../40042969

Regards,

Mark

Judi Jackson wrote re: If you want Windows XP Pro on a new machine, buy Windows Vista (Business or Ultimate) and then downgrade
on Mon, Apr 28 2008 6:05 PM

bought a new sony vaio which has a 60 day trial of windows vista - not getting on brilliantly with it but accept that I could get used to it in time. Problem is my orange icon2 mobile broadband and vista do not get on.  I have already experienced trying to access an email whilst my sage package on causing sage to crash.  Everytime the orange icon is plugged in I get a big error message and the computer shuts down and restarts.  

I was hoping to install XP which I used before the new laptop and use on my PC at work, but your blog seems to indicate this is not possible.  I am a one person small trader, not very IT savvy but not hopeless.  Can you advise?

I am about 35 days into my vista trial.

Regards

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on Wed, Dec 1 2010 7:48 PM

Someone referenced this post to answer question "How to downgrade from IE 9 to 8?"...

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