Microsoft Downgrade Rights

DuroPC gets a lot of calls and emails regarding Microsoft’s licensing for downgrading, especially Windows 7 to Windows XP. We do offer this service on almost all of our systems.  Some people have never heard of downgrading and are, rightfully so, cautious.

Downwhating?

Downgrading is the process by which you purchase an operating system with the intent on using a previous version.

That’s it?

Well mostly. You may only downgrade to the most recent 2 versions of Windows. As well, you must already own a copy of the operating system you are downgrading to (why else would you need to downgrade). Also, the version you purchase, as well as the version you intend to downgrade to, must be at least a pro version. So Windows 8.1 Home users are out of luck to get back to Windows 7 without purchasing a new copy.

But what about Windows 7 and Vista Ultimate?

Since Microsoft removed Ultimate from the lineup, we have no direct path and, therefore, do not have any way to downgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. Technically, you can still purchase Windows 7 Ultimate, so you do have a downgrade path to get you to Windows Vista Ultimate.

How does the downgrade process work?

With the purchase of a new system, you will get a licensed copy of Windows. The certificate of authenticity (COA) will be applied to the chassis. By purchasing the license and dedicating it to a machine, you are allowed to downgrade the system to a previous version.

We take the install media from the old machine and use it to install the new machine. During the install process the installer will ask for the key from the COA. Instead of using the new license that is applied to the computer, we go to the old computer and use the key affixed to it. Once into Windows and all drivers are installed, activation may proceed. Sometimes it works via the internet, sometimes you must call in and get a one-time activation code. Microsoft does not get out a new key.

So what does DuroPC need from me the end user?

For us to provide you with the downgraded ready to go system, we will need a valid License Key from the computer in your office that we are replacing. In some cases, we may need your media as well.

Have a look at some of our popular New Windows XP Computers.

Want to know more? Check out Microsoft’s page for more details.

Still have questions? Give us a call or send us an email.

 

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