As of December 2010, Microsoft® Windows XP is no longer available, preinstalled on new computers. Is there a valid, legal and legitimate workaround for running our software products that will not run on Microsoft® Windows 7?
New computer that was purchased pre-loaded with Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional or Microsoft® Windows 7 Ultimate
I/A Series software that runs only on Microsoft® Windows XP such as:
I/A Series (Niagara) R2 - all releases
I/A Series (Niagara) G3 - all releases prior to 3.6.x
WorkPlace Tech Tool 3.2sp1
Microsoft® Windows XP is no longer available on new computers.
Downgrade the Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional / Ultimate installation to Microsoft® Windows XP.
According to the Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional / Ultimate EULA (End User License Agreement) that the computer user must read when starting up a new computer, the following Operating System downgrade rights are available:
- Downgrade rights for Windows 7 are an end-user right, documented in the Software License Terms that customers accept upon first running Windows software.
Windows 7 end user downgrade rights will be available through the sales lifecycle of Windows 7 which is up to two years after the launch date of a new version.
UPDATE: As of November 2012, Microsoft has upgraded their Windows Lifecycle information, indicating that this upgrade right expires in February, 2014.