Anyone buying a PC with Windows 7 pre-installed will be able to swap it for XP or Vista. Microsoft has confirmed that the licence conditions under which the software will be sold will allow people to downgrade. The conditions will apply to both businesses that buy licences for Windows in bulk and consumers that get the operating system on a PC or laptop.
Thats interesting seeing as microsofts life cycles policy still states that no new licenses will be issued for XP after Febuary 09. That was what the lawsuit was over with vista that they lost. the companies still had xp licenses and were legally allowed to let customers purchase them and downgrade their equipment.
I guess maybe microsoft isnt that interested in moving ahead if they are allowing customers to purchase xp keys again.
I know alot of your are avid XP fans but it does have bugs and eventually a full rewrite is going to be essential. I have yet to see any of these downgrade plans offer xp-64 wich is even more broken then xp but does allow for the amount of RAM that these new pcs are being sold with.
With the former vista downgrade events by following the same suit before you give 7 a good try isnt going to help our computers become any better, This is even more saddening then those of you who refuse to try the new IE because it has bugs that microsoft doesnt know about, and will never know about unless people use their products and encounter them.
microsoft life cycle policy info:http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy