Back in June, Microsoft responded to the angry cries of their customers announcing they would be providing their “top partners” a simplified Vista downgrading process. Now, PC retailers such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, and others are providing their customers with a Windows XP downgrade disc for computers that come with Vista Business and Vista Ultimate, if they so choose. What's more, CNet Asia is reporting that Microsoft support will allow anybody with a copy of Vista Ultimate or Business to call and request a downgrade disc themselves.
According to Microsoft's Windows life-cycle policy, direct OEM and retail license availability of Windows XP will cease on January 31, 2008. The company did not give any deadline for downgraded copies of the operating system, however, noting that licenses could be given after the end of the operating system's availability deadline.