Latest in Downgrade

Image credit:

Hate Windows 8 already? The Pro OEM edition will let you downgrade as far back as Vista

Sharif Sakr
09.03.12
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Relax, Gabe Newell. If you buy a new Windows 8 Pro PC and discover that you really do detest the OS that much, you may be able to switch back to an older version -- either Windows 7 or Vista, but not near-death XP -- under the same OEM license. Will many folks want to do that? Probably not, and in any case these so-called downgrade rights are actually only helpful in specific circumstances and they don't come with boxed retail versions of the software. The main practical benefit (albeit still a niche one) is that a manufacturer could technically offer a Windows 7 disc in the box with a new Windows 8 machine and give customers a choice of OS. Alternatively, the manufacturer could install Windows 7 by default (effectively a factory downgrade) and supply Windows 8 Pro installation media so that customers can upgrade for free when they feel good 'n ready. At some point, of course, staring at a redundant UI-switching button is going to grate.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

ESA opens plant that turns moondust into oxygen

ESA opens plant that turns moondust into oxygen

View
Opera accused of offering predatory loans through Android apps

Opera accused of offering predatory loans through Android apps

View
Huawei will use TomTom for maps now that it's cut off from Google

Huawei will use TomTom for maps now that it's cut off from Google

View
Elon Musk expects SpaceX's first crewed mission between April and June

Elon Musk expects SpaceX's first crewed mission between April and June

View
Facebook says glitch led to rude translation of Chinese leader's name

Facebook says glitch led to rude translation of Chinese leader's name

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr