Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to allow folks who purchase a Windows 7 computer to get a downgrade to Windows XP for the duration of Window 7 Professional’s support lifecycle, which ends in January 2020. Windows 7 Ultimate users will also be able to do so until 2015. Aside from that, the software giant has also reiterated its policy of keeping the most recently replaced OS on sale for fixed periods past when its replacement has arrived. In this case, Windows Vista will still be available as a stand-alone box set until October 22nd 2010, while system builders will continue to be able to preload it until the same date in 2011. Considering that Windows 7 has been met with much better response than Windows Vista, consumers shouldn’t have too much of an issue with the 2015-2020 downgrade date for Windows XP.
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