Microsoft to keep XP alive until 2020 With 74 percent of business PCs running XP, the extended ‘downgrade’ deadline is more proof that it’s the OS that won’t die

Just a day before Microsoft drops support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the company announced on Monday that people running some versions of Windows 7 can “downgrade” to the aged operating system for up to 10 years.

The move is highly unusual. In the past, Microsoft has terminated downgrade rights — which let customers replace a newer version of Windows with an older edition without paying for two copies — within months of introducing a new OS.

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