Downgradable Windows 7 — Downgrade Not Just to Vista, But XP Too

windows 7Yes, you heard me correctly — Microsoft confirmed earlier this week that Windows 7 will give you the ability to downgrade to Windows XP as well as Windows Vista. 

Now, maybe not a lot of people will want to downgrade back to Vista, but the fact that we will be able to downgrade to XP is great (I’m still using XP on my system, so it’s good news for me).

This isn’t anything new as the downgrade rights were also available with Vista, but including these rights with Windows 7 Microsoft will definitely increase sales of its new OS. If you encounter any problems with Windows 7 and for some reason you won’t be able to continue using it, you will have the comfort to know that you can always downgrade to your favorite Windows XP (well, at least my favorite — ask my boss). 

This is quite important for both individual users as well as companies spending millions of dollars on upgrades.

Do you think Microsoft made the right decision to offer Vista and XP downgrade options in Windows 7? Do you think you’ll be taking advantage of the downgrade?

Some of us here at Train Signal are already testing out the beta version and from what I’ve heard Windows 7 beta is pretty good. That said, I don’t think a lot of people will be downgrading from Windows 7, but it’s always good to give users more options. Let me know if you are testing it as well and share your thoughts with us.

I’m going to wait for the Windows 7 release and completely skip Windows Vista.  When is it going to happen?  Well, I’m not sure as Microsoft hasn’t announced a release date for Windows 7 yet.  The speculations are that Microsoft’s new OS might be available in October this year. I think I can wait 6 more months.


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