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Microsoft makes it hard to downgrade Vista

We XPect you weren't XPecting this
Thu May 24 2007, 11:30
SYSTEM INTEGRATORS are up in arms, incandescent and the rest, because Microsoft hasn't made it easy for them to downgrade the Vista OS to Windows XP.

According to CRN US, Microsoft is aware of the problem and trying to fix it.

The wire reported that partners need to phone the Vole and get a special key so that XP can replace Vista.

One system builder said the downgrade to XP is "a joke" and if customers have 100 desktops and don't want to move to Vista, it takes a good old while to manually enter the XP keys.

There's more, here.

We reported some weeks ago that sales to large enterprises are counted by Microsoft as Vista sales, although the first thing many of them are doing are downgrading to XP while they evaluate the outlook. µ


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