has long allowed people, including businesses, to install an older OS using a newer OS's license and consider it valid. However, the process has never been easy for OEMs, and it has been a particular bone of contention with Windows Vista. In the current system, each machine to be downgraded requires a support call to Microsoft and a frustrating series of steps that makes it awkward at best to perform a downgrade.
They have responded to the angry cries of their customers, however, along with large demand to opt for XP over Vista. Thus, they are simplifying the process
, making it an easier option and one that can be done on a large scale.
The new system will allow OEMs to submit large batches of licenses to be downgraded. Unfortunately, they are only giving this privilege to its top partners – about 170 or so. Regardless, they still hammer on about how the launch of Vista has just been a huge success when many are saying otherwise. Anything they can do to help their own customers frustrations is a good thing.