Over at the Your Blog site from Dell, there is an interesting article which explains fully the downgrade rights spelled out by Microsoft. What is interesting about the entire concept of downgrading, is that this right was actually for corporate clients who may need to stick with Windows XP because of coporate software compatibility issues with Windows Vista.

The article also explains that this is not anything new which is contrary to what some are saying. The fact is that Microsoft had the same policy available when we switched from Windows 2000 to Windows XP.  Let’s face it. Most of us can’t remember the problems we all faced when we switched over to XP and we also have forgotten the problems associated when Windows XP SP2 was first introduced.

The article goes on to state:

What are the rules?

  • Customers can purchase select systems that include a license for Windows Vista Business or Vista Ultimate, and have the OS downgraded to XP Professional, which Dell installs.
    • Vista Home Premium and Vista Home Basic are NOT part of the downgrade rights program, NOR is XP Home.
  • The Dell systems that are part of the downgrade rights program are:
    • Latitude laptops, OptiPlex desktops and Dell Precision workstations
    • Dell Vostro laptops and desktops
    • Dell Gaming systems – the XPS 630 desktop and XPS M1730 laptop (Note – Vista Ultimate is the only DGR OS option for these systems)
  • Dell offers the downgrade right program service at no charge on corporate client PCs, and charges a fee ($20-$50) on Vostro and XPS gaming systems.
  • Microsoft has stated the ability to provide the Windows XP recovery media ends on Jan. 31, 2009. After this PC manufacturers/system builders like Dell cannot send out Windows XP media. There will be a few exceptions to this date – for example, some Volume License customers who get images installed through custom factory install (CFI)  can continue to receive Vista licensed systems with XP installed.

I think that Dell has explained the ins and outs of what the downgrade rights are and who qualifies for the right as specified by Microsoft.

Comments welcome.

Dell Your Blog article is here.

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