Revealed: Users can downgrade from Microsoft Windows 8 to Windows 7 or Vista
According to the licensing agreement of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system, users of Windows 8 Pro edition can downgrade to an older version of Windows. It is surely a relief for those who may want to rollback to a previous version in case they do not like the latest iteration. This action can also be seen as a response from Microsoft towards growing user concerns about the missing ‘Start’ button in Windows 8 and other easy-to-use functionalities.
Users get the option to rollback to either Windows 7 or Windows Vista in place of the new operating system without paying for two copies. But, the catch is that this option is available only for Windows 8 Pro edition.
This move provides more options to computer manufacturers. They can now offer more flexibility to shoppers by selling computers with a pre-installed copy of Windows 7. Such dual-booting enables buyers to try their hands and get comfortable on a new operating system. All mission critical software can also benefit from this in case they are not fully compatible with Windows 8.
Read the fine line – What’s not included?
- Windows XP and earlier operating systems are not included in this downgrade option
- This service is only offered on OEM copies of Windows 8 Pro
- Users with retail versions and other editions of Windows 8 are not eligible for this right
Do let us know your comments on this downgrade right. Windows 8 will be officially launching on October 26, 2012.
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