Analysts: Windows 8 downgrade rights crucial to success

But if lots of consumers downgrade to Windows 7, that's a disaster for Microsoft

By , Computerworld |  Windows, windows 8

Windows 8 Pro's downgrade rights allow customers to fall back to either Windows 7 Professional or Vista Business.

An alternative to do-it-yourself downgrading is to purchase new PCs with Windows 7 installed. According to policies that Microsoft unveiled several years ago, OEMs will be able to offer new Windows 8 Pro PCs that are downgraded at the factory to Windows 7 Professional, and will be able to sell Windows 7-powered PCs for up to two years after the debut of Windows 8, in other words, until late October 2014.

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