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Microsoft extends Windows XP downgrade rights until 2020


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dsenette

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Just a day before Microsoft drops support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the company announced on Monday that people running some versions of Windows 7 can "downgrade" to the aged operating system for up to 10 years.

The move is highly unusual. In the past, Microsoft has terminated downgrade rights -- which let customers replace a newer version of Windows with an older edition without paying for two copies -- within months of introducing a new OS.

While few consumers may want to downgrade from Windows 7 to XP -- unlike when many mutinied against Vista three years ago -- businesses often want to standardize on a single operating system to simplify machine management.


great, now my parent company will never let me upgrade to 7
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you know windows xp was so big and so deeply rooted in the corperate industry that personally i think microsoft will have a hard time ever getting rid of it untill the day when our hardware becomes so advanced that xp simply wont work anymore
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Even so, with windows xp they won't get support/security updates after 2014.
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