Microsoft Extends Windows 7 XP Downgrade Deadline To 2020


Microsoft [MSFT] has extended the Windows 7 deadline for users who want to downgrade their operating system to Windows XP until 2020. Users who are running some versions of Windows 7 will still have the option to downgrade to Windows XP for the next 10 years.

Microsoft had planned to remove this feature this year and many users would not have been able to downgrade after 2011, but have decided to extend it as many business still use Windows XP and want to standardize operating systems over all their computers.

Microsoft Extends Windows 7 XP Downgrade Deadline To 2020

To support our customers’ “unprecedented move” to migrate their PC environment to Windows 7, we have decided to extend downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional beyond the previously planned end date at Windows 7 SP1. This will help maintain consistency for downgrade rights throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle. As a result, the OEM versions of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate will continue to include downgrade rights to the similar versions of Windows Vista or Windows XP Professional.

This is a smart move by Microsoft, as Windows XP is still wideley used by businesses, and if they had removed the option forcing businesses who wanted to keep their OS standard across all machines to upgrade to Windows 7 they could have alienated a number of business customers.


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  • Claudio

    This is a real mess… I got 8000 PC with Windows XP and I was using the lack of future downgrade to justify a major project to upgrade Server 2003 to 2008R2, SMS to SCCM 2007 and WinXP to Windows 7. Now with this announcement Microsot just sunk my project and the possibility to upgrade the entire infrastructure for the next 3 to 4 years.
    Thank you Microsoft! You just made the life of all IT organization and Infrastructure Managers very hard as all migration projects have been killed as “why should we spend all that money if we do not need to!”

  • Claudio is wrong

    Claudio, actually this is a good move for IT organization users because until the final Service Pack for windows 7 comes out, Windows XP will still remain the number one O.S. for 32 bit applications (hence the reason for all windows 7 or 64 bit users to still use it in a V.M.).

    I support this move, thank you very much Microsoft! :)