For as long as I can remember, businesses have lagged well behind consumers in adoption of the latest Windows versions. If your business runs on Windows 7, you probably have a long list of practical reasons why you want to stick with that familiar operating system and avoid Windows 8, at least for now.

You're not alone. You're also not asking for anything out of the ordinary. Microsoft's licensing rules for business editions of Windows include several types of "downgrade rights," which are fully supported ways for you to purchase a new PC with a Windows 8 license and replace the pre-installed operating system with the older ver ...

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