Alert: Problems With Windows XP Downgrades
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Many people are experiencing difficulty exercising their Windows XP downgrade options on new machines.
Since the June 30 cutoff date, Microsoft no longer ships Windows XP on new machines. If you want to run Windows XP, you must obtain a Windows Vista machine with "downgrade" option - which usually involves installing Windows XP from an included set of CDs.
However, there seems to be trouble with this process. I have experienced downgrades that did not include a valid Windows XP serial number, as described on this blog concerning HP dx2450 microtower PCs. In this instance, the problem is exacerbated by the fact that HP does not have the correct driver software for this model on their web site. Other PC manufacturers and models are also affected by poorly executed downgrades.
Before purchasing a computer with "downgrade to Windows XP" option, check with your vendor to find out the details. You may be in for a bigger headache than dealing with Vista.
Posted byTriona Guidry at 7:47 PM