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    XP Retail June End

    ok, so I hear MS XP will no longer be retailed come end of June.

    Anyone have any idea that the machines shipped after with Vista, could come with XP downgrade option still?

    Thing is, Becta still do not recommend using Vista & having played with it myself, ive no intention of letting the god forsaken piece of crap on my network!

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    I believe any computer bought with Vista can be downgraded to XP at anytime. I wouldn't be too surprised if the June deadline is extended.

    I don't think Vista's having quite the impact Microsoft would like, so they must listen to their partners. Microsoft's biggest problem is Windows XP.

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    Yep you can use downgrade rights. Also OEM is staying for longer apparently. Do you not have volume licensing?

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    And what about being able to buy OEM CDs? Will they still be available until stocks run out and are the retailers going to start charging silly money? I build PCs as a sideline and the majority of people I build for are still asking for XP.

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    And what about being able to buy OEM CDs?
    It'll just get more difficult to find supply, just like you cannot buy Windows 98 or Windows 2000 discs anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    It'll just get more difficult to find supply, just like you cannot buy Windows 98 or Windows 2000 discs anymore.

    Allot don’t anymore, but its still arround Lanway On-Line - B23-00093 Microsoft Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional - Version upgrade package - 1 user - CD - English

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I believe any computer bought with Vista can be downgraded to XP at anytime. I wouldn't be too surprised if the June deadline is extended.

    I don't think Vista's having quite the impact Microsoft would like, so they must listen to their partners. Microsoft's biggest problem is Windows XP.
    I thought it was only Vista Business or Ultimate that had downgrade rights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcollings View Post
    I thought it was only Vista Business or Ultimate that had downgrade rights?
    Yes that is correct.

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    Hands up anyone here who would genuinely not "downgrade" any version of Vista that came on a newly purchased machine to XP, because they'd be worried about licensing.

    Apart from me obviously

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    It'll just get more difficult to find supply, just like you cannot buy Windows 98 or Windows 2000 discs anymore.
    Looks like I'd better stock up now then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    Hands up anyone here who would genuinely not "downgrade" any version of Vista that came on a newly purchased machine to XP, because they'd be worried about licensing.

    Apart from me obviously

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    Erm - I wouldn't. I'd only downgrade if we'd bought the rights to do so. Surely as IT professionals we have to operate our schools within the law?

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    Buy a select Windows Upgrade licence if it comes with Vista Basic etc. Thats what we do. They are cheap enough.

    Every machine that comes in, even if its XP gets formated and Windows re-installed. Which i asume everyone on here does too. The crap OEM's insist on putting on is mad. Plus we image for deployments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    Hands up anyone here who would genuinely not "downgrade" any version of Vista that came on a newly purchased machine to XP, because they'd be worried about licensing.

    Apart from me obviously

    regards
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    What if you got audited for licensing mate??

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester View Post
    Yep you can use downgrade rights.
    Are you sure on that? I thought (but not with much certainty) that the downgrade option would disappear at the same time as retail/OEM sales. If you can still use it, then great; if not, I'm buying me some more XP licences now to cover any growth until we go Vista :-)

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    that the downgrade option would disappear at the same time as retail/OEM sales
    As far as I'm aware the is no expiry planned for downgrade rights.

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