More info on downgrade rights to Windows XP from Windows Vista

It's been a busy couple of weeks, what with reviews last week and the Engineering Excellence - Trustworthy Computing Forum this week.  In that time, I've been pinged and discussed several times the misunderstandings on Windows XP: several customers contacted me, concerned that they would not be able to purchase computers with Windows XP after […]

It's been a busy couple of weeks, what with reviews last week and the Engineering Excellence - Trustworthy Computing Forum this week.  In that time, I've been pinged and discussed several times the misunderstandings on Windows XP: several customers contacted me, concerned that they would not be able to purchase computers with Windows XP after June 30th.  A couple of people were even concerned that support ends for Windows XP at the end of June.  Both of these are misconceptions and not generally true, and I'd like to call out a few resources to help people understand the options they have today and after June 30th. 

In short...

1. You will still be able to get Windows XP Professional installed on computers after June 30th.  This is more important for sysadmins who have a large current installation of Windows XP-based systems and have not yet migrated to Windows Vista. (See details below.) If you're a consumer, consider getting a new computer with Windows Vista installed: with Business and Ultimate, you have downgrade rights to XP Pro (see below).

2. After June 30, 2008, you will still be able to get support for Windows XP, for Service Pack 2 (SP2) and now SP3. My friend, Jared, sums it up pretty good on the Microsoft Support Lifecycle blog with this post[...]

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