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Windows 8 Pro OEM will allow for downgrades to Win 7 and Vista

By Shawn Knight
Sep 3, 2012
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  1. It has been revealed that Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro edition will allow customers to downgrade to an older version of Windows if you aren't entirely happy with the latest iteration. Users can elect to install Windows 7 or Windows Vista...

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  2. While not addressed in the article, I assume that the OEM W8 version could be reinstalled as W8 in the future when the user decides he is ready to stop using W7. Otherwise why not just buy the OEM windows 7 version?
     
  3. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Enthusiast Posts: 198   +28

    Thank you Microsoft.
     
  4. PCNP543

    PCNP543 TS Rookie

    Wow, the lengths Microsoft is going to keep from putting the start menu back into Windows 8 is amazing. Put the start menu back in and give users the option to boot directly to the desktop and almost no one would care to downgrade.

    I guess you have to use Windows 8 precisely the way Microsoft wants, or else they prefer you don't use it at all. Microsoft has become Apple, at the same time Apple has become Microsoft. Leaves my head spinning!
     
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  5. ninformant

    ninformant TS Rookie

    Wow, microsoft cant even stand by their newly revamped OS. that's sure gonna motivate me to drop the hundred some-odd dollars for an operating system I may not even like. it's windows vista all over again! no thank you microsoft. I'll stick to linux and OSX.
     
  6. PerfectPC

    PerfectPC TS Rookie

    I believe this is just a win win for Microsoft. It is their big push to finally find a way for people to stop using Windows XP. Make people think they are sooo willing to be kind enough for you to own Windows 7, yet they are still selling customers a new license either way.
     
  7. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,176   +176

    They will stop selling Win7 OEM versions in the near future usually...
     
  8. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,176   +176

    It's not the first time they've done this.
     
  9. Best news from Microsoft ever! since the announcement of windows 8
     
  10. People are acting as if this is something new. There are lots of much more important reasons for wanting to use older versions of Windows than because you're crying over the new user interface - especially for businesses. If you think this move has anything to do with the Metro/Modern GUI then you're completely ignorant or delusional.
     
  11. This will make business users happy as they can keep all of their computers running the same version of windows.
     
     
  12. psycros

    psycros TS Booster Posts: 752   +240

    Really? Because if you get a new PC there's nothing to stop you from using your <b>existing</b> Vista/Windows 7 licenses on it. Which kind of suggests that, yeah, the hateful UI is the main reason. I can't imagine what it must be like worshiping at the alter of "new and shiny" all the time..I bet your knees must ache.
     
  13. This is a non issue, microsoft. I didnt plan on switching from 7 to 8 anyway after trying out your 8 beta. it sucks.
     
  14. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,971   +586

    Best feature in Windows 8 thus far - it can be deleted! I should buy it just for that alone!
     
  15. 3DCGMODELER

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    I will wait to see what they do in Windows 9??
     
  16. I wonder why Microsoft allow this.. Does it mean Win8 has a flaw which we don't know yet? This is why Win8 can downgraded to 7 or Vista
     
  17. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Enthusiast Posts: 138   +24

    Good because everyone buying new computers will tire of windows 8 quickly and I will be making some $$ installing Good ol' Windows 7 for everyone! I remember back in the Vista days...I called that then like I'm calling Windows 8...The Downgrade or Skip OS! Now I personally can't wait for Windows 9 when all the bugs are worked out...That will be a good OS!
     
  18. "Really? Because if you get a new PC there's nothing to stop you from using your existing Vista/Windows 7 licenses on it. Which kind of suggests that, yeah, the hateful UI is the main reason. I can't imagine what it must be like worshiping at the alter of "new and shiny" all the time..I bet your knees must ache."

    Read this part again:
    "Downgrading to Windows 7 might also be an option in the event you are running mission-critical software that might not yet be fully compatible with Windows 8."

    This is about OEM. They're allowing companies to downgrade if they need to. The main issue that is known is big corporations and other places like colleges and such is they always worried whether the software they bought and currently are using is compatible with the new OS. It's not mainly about the UI.
     
  19. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    The button to do this process is called "Remove crap" :p
     
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,262   +1,551

    I'm in the wait till Windows 9 crowd.
     


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