Q: (from Sal)
Concerning the Windows XP downgrade rights, can you verify if these rights have been extended?
See here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20010285-56.html
A: (with support from Khody Golshan)
I’ve found several references to the Windows 7 OEM downgrade rights being extended to 2020 from 3rd party resources, but nothing from Microsoft directly. The closest I’ve found is a blog entry from July 12th, 2010 that was revised on July 13th.
And if you look at our Windows 7 support site (http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=14481), the Windows 7 extended support lifecycle goes until January, 14th, 2020 but…
In an update posted on July 13th:
Which is confirmed on the OEM site:
Although that doesn’t provide a specific date since we don’t know the release date of Windows v.next, it is pretty clear that it ISN’T January, 2020.
A: (with support from David Priebe of Ingram Micro)
Not to belabor the point, but one thing that I think should be pointed out is that there typically are different downgrade entitlements based on the channel that a product may be purchased from. As an example, volume licensing product typically don’t have any restriction on the for downgrade rights, meaning that the only problem that a customer may face is where to get the downgrade media. OEM and FPP typically are not so open ended. The following link does a pretty decent job of calling out the differences (see towards the bottom):
And for a more generic reference for Microsoft product downgrade rights customers can use the following link:
Good point David – thanks for the information.