Microsoft offering replacement XP license for VISTA license?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by C Bork, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. C Bork

    C Bork Guest

    We are a public library that unfortunately purchased 4 new vista computers in
    the spring. We are unable to get them running smoothly. They reboot
    themselves, give blue screens, you name it we've had it. We heard that
    Microsoft is allowing VISTA business users to install XP without having to
    purchase XP licenses (since we've already paid for VISTA licenses). We have
    decided going to XP is our only option. The tech support on these VISTA
    systems has robbed us of time, money and patience.

    Anyone know how we go about doing this if it is true? Thanks for the help.
     
    C Bork, Sep 25, 2007
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  2. Vista Downgrade Rights:
    http://download.microsoft.com/downl...cbd-699b0c164182/royaltyoemreferencesheet.pdf

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    We are a public library that unfortunately purchased 4 new vista computers
    in
    the spring. We are unable to get them running smoothly. They reboot
    themselves, give blue screens, you name it we've had it. We heard that
    Microsoft is allowing VISTA business users to install XP without having to
    purchase XP licenses (since we've already paid for VISTA licenses). We have
    decided going to XP is our only option. The tech support on these VISTA
    systems has robbed us of time, money and patience.

    Anyone know how we go about doing this if it is true? Thanks for the help.
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Sep 25, 2007
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  3. C Bork

    Vista vs XP Guest

    Having read the provided PDF link, I assume that the correct answer to the
    original question is 'NO'. You can only 'downgrade' if you already have an
    XP license. If you buy a new computer which comes with Vista installed,
    there will be no XP license available for 'downgrading'.

    We have run into this situation at my university where students buying
    Vista-based machines are finding themselves unable to run key statistical
    analysis software. Since these machines all have 'home' Vista, they have no
    downgrade rights, even if a copy of XP were available. This is a very
    frustrating situation for people who find Vista to be an inappropriate
    operating system for their needs.
     
    Vista vs XP, Oct 3, 2007
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  4. "buying Vista-based machines are finding themselves unable to run key
    statistical analysis software."
    Did these students check with the university to determine requirements
    before purchasing a new computer?

    This type of problem is not new.
    Students have been purchasing inappropriate computers and later
    finding out they are unsuitable for their specific university
    requirements for many years.

    Among other things, perhaps schools should be more proactive in
    letting students and prospective students know their computer
    requirements as easily and quickly as possible.

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    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Oct 3, 2007
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  5. C Bork

    Vista vs XP Guest

    Our university does not support (nor recommend) Vista. However, Microsoft's
    marketing has now made it impossible to buy a computer at commercial outlets
    which has any OS except Vista. Hence, unless they shop at the unviersity
    computer store, our students have little choice but to buy Vista systems,
    even though the software is not available.

    Could the university have done more? Probably, yes.

    Should Microsoft provide people with more options? Definitely yes.
    Including the option to convert any Vista computer to XP without having to
    buy a separate XP license. This is the issue raised by the first poster - do
    they have any recourse when the only operating system on the computer they
    bought (the only OS option which they were offered by the computer vendor) is
    inappropriate for the task?
     
    Vista vs XP, Oct 3, 2007
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  6. "Microsoft's marketing has now made it impossible to buy a
    computer..."
    Not at all since Windows XP computers are still widely available.

    "our students have little choice but to buy Vista systems"
    Why?
    Is Dell not an option?
    How about the local shops?
    Most near me have options available including Windows XP.

    "the only OS option which they were offered by the computer vendor"
    If that is all the vender offers and it does not suit the needs of the
    student, the student should purchase elsewhere where the needs are
    met.
     
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Oct 3, 2007
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  7. C Bork

    ndy Guest

    I also have same issue.
    I contacted Microsoft, Dell, and HP.
    I got same answers. Use a XP Pro OEM key that cannot be activated anymore,
    so when you click activation, XP prompt you to call MS activation center.
    I am suppose to "the OS will prompt the customer to call the Activation
    Support Line and explain the circumstances to the Customer Service
    Representative. Once it is determined that the Vista Business or Ultimate
    license is valid, the Customer Service Representative will manually activate
    Windows XP".

    Ya, right. Activation center told me I still need valid XP Pro OEM key and
    they did not even want to know my valid Vista Business key. Maybe activation
    center is not up to date. I yelled at them and at the end I got SP Pro
    activated. They just want to deal with me anymore.

    I contacted Dell and HP again. Will see what they have to say.
     
    ndy, Oct 16, 2007
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