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How do I downgrade to Vista to XP Pro? RRS feed

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  • Hi--

    I want to downgrade Vista to XP pro for compatibility reasons. Can you direct me to the official site for downgrading (I do not have a copy) and instruct me in the process? Thank you.

    Friday, July 11, 2008 10:38 PM

Answers

  • If you have either Vista Business or Ultimate edition,
    follow this procedure:

    How to downgrade:

    Install a copy of Windows XP Professional with the product key that
    came with that copy, and then when you come to the activation screen -- which
    is near the end of the installation process -- select the "activate by phone"
    option rather than the online method. You'll likely end up talking with
    a live rep; tell him that you're downgrading from Vista to XP, and give
    him the Vista product key. The rep will walk you through the rest of
    the procedure.


    Note:  Windows Vista Home Premium and Vista Basic are not eligible
    for downgrade rights.

    Windows Vista Downgrade Rights Explained:
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/f/4/5f4c83d3-833e-4f11-8cbd-699b0c164182/royaltyoemreferencesheet.pdf

    Friday, July 11, 2008 10:49 PM
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