Windows 7 Will Have Downgrade Option, Despite End of XP Support on April 14
Microsoft announced that support for Windows XP will end on April 14, helping the company make room for its much maligned Windows Vista operating systems and then clearing the way for redemption in the form of its Windows 7 OS. However, users will still have the option of downgrading to Windows XP from Windows 7 after the latter is released, even though mainstream support for XP will have ended. Windows XP continues to be used by a sizable percentage of the enterprise.Microsoft looks like it will offer users of its upcoming Windows 7 the option to downgrade to Windows XP, which remains popular among both enterprise and general users, according to some reports that have begun to spring up around the Web. While no definite date has been given yet, the final version of Windows 7 will likely be released in late 2009 or early 2010. The BBC and tech Website Ars Technica both suggested that end users and those purchasing Windows licenses in bulk would have the option to downgrade to XP.
Further rumors, unconfirmed by Microsoft, have Hewlett-Packard selling computers pre-installed with XP until April 10, 2010, roughly six months after the release of Windows 7. Should that be the case, other PC makers may follow suit.