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Win 98 license needed
is it possible to downgrade from XP?

 12:38 pm on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

I just wanted to check if it is possible to downgradea windows XP professional license to Windows 98.
Any ideas if that is possible? Heard that a downgrade from Vista to XP is possible, so maybe even to something very old?

any advice is much appreciated.



 1:14 pm on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Why? Whatever the problem, there is probably a better solution.



 2:27 pm on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

sure, there are better solutions than 98, but that is not to be discussed here. I need either a 98 license or a way to downgrade from XP to 98. Reason is that there is no other 'legal' way ...:)


 4:30 pm on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

If you choose to use Windows 98 instead of XP pro, I rather doubt Microsoft would consider prosecuting you for a single, minor, technical license infringement. In other words, if you have a Win 98 CD, just use it!

If someone does snitch and the police break down your door in a dawn raid, you can always plead not-guilty by reason of insanity.



 4:31 pm on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

There was such a significant change to the OS kernel from 98 to XP I doubt it can be 'downgraded". Save your data then format and install Win98.


 1:20 am on May 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

In the corporate volume licencing program you can downgrade to any version of Windows, except the Home versions of XP & Vista.

  • License Downgrade Rights [microsoft.com]
  • onlineleben

     7:04 am on May 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

    Thanks to everyone for the input.

    that is exactly what I needed - thanks a million.

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