Microsoft is offering some assurance to system administrators worried about Windows 8 Pro going south: The ability to go back to Win7 or Vista
When Windows Vista came out in 2007, Microsoft Corp. thought it was doing system administrators a favour: The new desktop OS required admin OK before users could make certain changes.
Some favour: Many administrators rebelled after being overwhelmed by users who demanded approval for changes and switched PCs back to Windows XP.
Although the release of Windows 7 was considerably smoother, sysadmins worried about next month’s release of Windows 8 should be reassured: This report from ComputerWorld U.S. outlines that they can “downgrade” to Win7 or Vista if they’re unhappy.
As the article details, it’s not a simple process to go back to an earlier version of Windows — for one thing, it’s not a roll-back like System Restore. The IT department is responsible for getting the previous version. But sysadmins may find some comfort in the fact that they still have flexibility.
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