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    Vista home basic

    I've heard that i can downgrade from VHB to XP Pro with no other license agreement, or cost... at least thats what the HP said when i phoned up about a 239 laptop i just bought.

    Is this marvelous fact true???

    I know im allowed to "downgrade" form XP Pro to Linux

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    You can only downgrade if you have:

    Vista Business
    Vista Ultimate
    Vista Enterprise


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    If that were true, you'd have a real bargain on your hands! Vista Home Basic is absolutely awful. I'd never recommend that to anyone for the sake of 10 where you can buy Vista Home Premium!

    With Vista Home Basic you 'should' be able to downgrade to XP Home not Pro. As FN-Greatermanchester mentioned though, running Vista Business, Ultimate or Enterprise would qualify for XP Pro. They're all domain compatible Operating Systems.

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    You will not be able to downgrade to XP home. You cannot downgrade any other Vista versions accept the ones i have listed. It stinks i know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester View Post
    You will not be able to downgrade to XP home. You cannot downgrade any other Vista versions accept the ones i have listed.
    That's not 100% correct - you can downgrade from any version of Vista if you are prepared to pay for an XP licence, but only the versions of Vista that FN-Greatermanchester lists are eligible for a free downgrade licence.

    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester View Post
    It stinks i know!
    Indeed it does!

    Incidentally, for school use, does anyone know if buying the Schools Agreement Volume Licence for XP Pro Upgrade is a legal way to get XP onto such a machine? I've only ever seen a requirement stated for an OEM Windows licence, not specifically for an older or less capable version?

    Chris

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    AH yes you can if you want to pay

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