MS has announced that Windows 7 Pro onwards downgrade is permissible to Vista and XP.

Statement given below..

"For a limited time of 18 months after the general availability of Windows 7 or the release of a Windows 7 Service Pack, whichever is earlier, the OEM license of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate will include downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional. After that period the OEM license will enable downgrade rights to Windows Vista Business"

Taken from here

The question here is if we want to downgrade to XP or Vista does MS provide the media/installer CD/DVD for this?

If not then what are our options?

Of course Windows 7 does provide XP mode, even then if we do want to do a full remove and install of XP or Vista just in case.

  • Why would you want to downgrade 7? I can understand downgrading Vista to XP, but 7 is an awesome experience, and it is more secure and usable than XP. Nov 18, 2009 at 6:31
  • I suspect there is a lot of overlap with this question. superuser.com/questions/7479/…
    – Zoredache
    Nov 18, 2009 at 7:54
  • There is absolutely no overlap, I KNOW it can be done, my query is simple where do we find the media for this, MS? Nov 18, 2009 at 13:28
  • @James, well its good to know our options just in case or if I run into any issues in due time. Nov 18, 2009 at 13:28
  • Your best bet is to contact Microsoft directly. They'll be able to sort you out.
    – alex
    Nov 18, 2009 at 13:36

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After some research I found a great video that will guide you step by step through the process and supplies legit links to download Windows XP legally.


Pssst... I would call it an upgrade.. hehe

  • Ohh and remember to BACK UP! Nov 19, 2009 at 0:30

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