Downgrading multiple Vista machines with one XP Professional license
August 27, 2008 7:12 AM Subscribe
Can I "downgrade" multiple computers with Vista pre-installed using only one license of XP Professional?
posted by danwalker to computers & internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I need to purchase several computers, and it's getting more difficult where I am to find suitable hardware that comes with the Windows XP Pro downgrade pre-configured.
It's my understanding that, if Vista Business or Ultimate is pre-configured, I can "downgrade" to XP Professional if I have a copy of XP Pro (and am comfortable doing the downgrade myself, which I am). What I'm wondering is whether I need to own multiple licences of both Vista and XP, or if only one copy of XP is OK.
One would hope that one wouldn't need to purchase Vista AND XP for each machine, but I know this is not an area where reason rules. There's lots of reference online to doing the downgrade, but I'm having trouble finding specific mention of downgrading multiple machines with only one XP Pro license.