Microsoft Extends Windows XP Downgrade Rights

Microsoft has extended to 10 years the period during which Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate users can downgrade to Windows XP Professional.

The company made the announcement in a blog post. The move comes after the company announced the availability of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.

Many consumers running Windows 7 may not want to downgrade to the older version, but experts believe that because Windows XP holds 74 per cent market share, many businesses may opt to downgrade in order to simplify IT management.

Writing on the company blog, Microsoft spokesperson Brandon LeBlanc wrote: “Our business customers have told us that the removing end-user downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional could be confusing.”

Previously Microsoft had said that Windows 7 users could downgrade to Windows XP within 18 months of launch of the software, or when the SP1 version was launched.