Production of PC with Windows XP ended on January 31, 2008
According to Microsoft 's announcement, Windows XP' s regular OEM licensing will be closed on January 31, 2008. Along with this, production of PCs equipped with Windows XP from PC manufacturers will also end on the same day.
For Windows Vista "DowngradeBy doing so XP is still available.
Details are as below.
Provision of Microsoft (R) Windows (R) XP authorized OEM license terminated on January 31, 2008
Although the OEM version ends on January 31, 2008, the OEM authorized reseller license (DSP version) of Windows XP is said to be available until January 31, 2009, so acquisition itself is possible. It means that there will be no computers with XP installed from the beginning.
The downgrade is written on the following page.
Microsoft Windows Vista: About Windows Vista downgrade right (use of old version software)
In other words, you can downgrade Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate installed on your computer from scratch to Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
The procedure is as follows.
Purchase a computer with Windows Vista Business or Ultimate installed
I prepared for Windows XP Professional or Tablet PC Edition CD-ROM at hand
Delete Windows Vista and install XP
Activate license by calling the activation window for license authentication (license authentication via the net is impossible)
In short, although Vista is included, even if XP is installed, if you say that you downgraded properly on the phone you will activate it, too.
Even if you downgrade to XP, you can of course return it to Vista.
The steps and details around here are written below.
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