Windows Thread, XP Retail June End in Technical; ok, so I hear MS XP will no longer be retailed come end of June.
Anyone have any idea that ...
31st March 2008, 06:42 PM #1
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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!
31st March 2008, 06:45 PM #2
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.
31st March 2008, 06:46 PM #3
Yep you can use downgrade rights. Also OEM is staying for longer apparently. Do you not have volume licensing?
31st March 2008, 06:56 PM #4
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.
31st March 2008, 07:16 PM #5
It'll just get more difficult to find supply, just like you cannot buy Windows 98 or Windows 2000 discs anymore.
And what about being able to buy OEM CDs?
31st March 2008, 07:35 PM #6
31st March 2008, 07:38 PM #7
I thought it was only Vista Business or Ultimate that had downgrade rights?
Originally Posted by Michael
31st March 2008, 07:40 PM #8
Yes that is correct.
Originally Posted by jcollings
31st March 2008, 07:53 PM #9
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
31st March 2008, 08:01 PM #10
Looks like I'd better stock up now then!
Originally Posted by Michael
31st March 2008, 09:11 PM #11
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?
Originally Posted by SimpleSi
31st March 2008, 09:41 PM #12
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.
1st April 2008, 10:26 AM #13
1st April 2008, 10:52 AM #14
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 :-)
Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester
1st April 2008, 11:05 AM #15
As far as I'm aware the is no expiry planned for downgrade rights.
that the downgrade option would disappear at the same time as retail/OEM sales
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