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Windows 7 downgrade rights to Windows XP RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello, 

    I work for a medical software company and I'm trying to find a solution to a Windows 7 Pro downgrade rights issue. Our software is currently designed for XP Pro only. Our current workflow is to purchase PC's from a vendor (i.e. Dell) with a Windows XP Pro OEM license then we do a clean install of XP and configure it to our liking and create a ghost image for that model of PC. Then we order that model in bulk and apply the ghost image and configure our software. Now that windows 7 is coming with new PC's we are looking for a solution that will allow us to purchase Windows 7 licenses (as our software will be Windows 7 compatible in the future) but using Windows XP with downgrade rights for now. I called the Microsoft activation center and they said we can install windows XP on multiple PC's using one product key from an XP OEM CD an infinite number times as long as the PC has the Windows 7 sticker with the Windows 7 product key on it. I know this is not true after ghosting a new XP image I create multiple times on a new PC I am validating that came with Windows 7, windows activation is now telling me I've exceeded the limit for activating this product key. 

    How can we use the Windows 7 downgrade rights on our new PC's?
    Monday, January 11, 2010 6:53 PM

Answers

  • Thanks for the reply I will post my quest at http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windows7. XP mode is not an option for us at this time. Thanks again.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, January 12, 2010 7:37 PM
    Monday, January 11, 2010 10:18 PM

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  • Hello Lenconj,

      This forum is for the support of Windows 7 Validation (non-genuine) issues.  I recommend posting your qestion is one of the Windows 7 Answers Forums at http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windows7

     
     That being said however, I think I have an answer to your problem without you having to deal with Downgrade rights.  Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise have a feature called XP Mode. It is basically a virtual copy of XP running within Windows 7. It's purpose is to allow software that can only run on XP to be able to run in Windows 7. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-xp-mode

      This would allow you to run your XP compatible and Windows 7 compatible software side by side.  This would provide extra life to your XP software (delay having to upgrade to Windows 7 compatible software)  and/or allow your users to continue using the XP software while learning the new Windows 7 compatible software.

    Hope that helps,
    Darin MS
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Monday, January 11, 2010 10:05 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by lenconj Monday, January 11, 2010 10:43 PM
    Monday, January 11, 2010 10:05 PM
  • Thanks for the reply I will post my quest at http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windows7. XP mode is not an option for us at this time. Thanks again.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, January 12, 2010 7:37 PM
    Monday, January 11, 2010 10:18 PM
  • i have perchase compaq model .i want to degrad windows 7 to windows xp . tell me what i do for this issue ?
    Friday, March 26, 2010 1:30 PM