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Vista Dowgrade to XP rights.

by AdamFromNC / September 24, 2007 11:22 AM PDT

Tom, Molly
You've probably gotten several of these emails already, but I am surprized that you didn't already know that Vista Business and Vista Ultimate come with the "rights" to downgrade to XP Pro.
It's all contained within the Vista EULA from MS, and has nothing to do with Lenovo.
XP had the same rights (to run Windows 2000) so downgrade rights is not a new thing. What is new with Vista is that MS is allowing the OEM manufacturers to supply the XP downgrade media. (previously you had to come up with the downgrade media yourself)
Lenovo is not charging a license fee for the downgrade CD's but they are charging for the media, shipping and cost of the support call. (so like 45$ bucks in the US).

Like anyone will care about this now that Halo 3 is out in just a few hours and we will all fighting to save the earth.

Adam from NC

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interesting
by mementh / September 24, 2007 1:26 PM PDT

interesting... i wonder ... how does one get the license keys to downgrade from Vista to XP?

My father bought a laptop without consulting me.. He asked me to help him once.. I HATED VISTA...

and now that he has had a chance to use it.. HE HATES IT AS WELL Happy

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News.com article
by ozyman4269 / September 24, 2007 5:26 PM PDT
In reply to: interesting

here's an article from cnet's own News.com about the subject

http://www.news.com/The-XP-alternative-for-Vista-PCs/2100-1016_3-6209481.html?part=rss&tag=2547-1_3-0-20&subj=news

it seems it's being done on the down low and it might be only a vendor by vendor deal.

What I would like to know is what about those of us that already have a Vista PC and want to "downgrade"? Do we have to contact our manufacturer? or is this only happening with new PC purchased form this point on? So, if I got it anytime with in the last 8 months am I screwed in limbo?

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Please cover htis one in the show
by ozyman4269 / September 24, 2007 5:38 PM PDT
In reply to: News.com article

I'm behind on episode 560 - 14 sept
so if you've covered it never mind, but if you haven't talk about it!

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(NT) No wonder I made no effort to upgrade anytime soon!
by stevent1992 / September 25, 2007 10:55 AM PDT
In reply to: interesting
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Is vista really worth it?
by girl_techie / September 25, 2007 11:53 AM PDT

If vista is having that much problems shouldnt they stop putting it on computer and selling it. If its that much trouble then stop while they are ahead.

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YOUR CRAZY!!! (and right)
by mementh / September 25, 2007 1:41 PM PDT

they should just say... "hey we %#&$'ed up on this one"
and then go and make another OS from the ground up that DOES A GOOD JOB!!! Happy

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NT 4.0 from 3.5, and such also downgraded rights.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 26, 2007 12:01 AM PDT

Way back when, NT Workstation could serve up dozens of machines. From 3.5 to 4.0 that changed. And from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 Pro, more rights lost.

Nothing new with this trend.

Bob

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