We have 16 computers that currently have Windows 2000 on them. We need to go to Windows XP. We like the idea of being able to go to Windows 7 at some future point (on the machines that are fast enough). The current hardware will be fine w/ XP. Of course, you cannot buy XP anymore, so there is Windows 7 Downgrade Rights:
1) But it looks like we would have to install Windows 7 first, then downgrade to XP?
2) Can the Windows 7 Pro be Retail OR OEM?
3) We would like to only have to format the windows 2000 machines and install Windows XP clean, and never touch Windows 7. How can we do this? Does anyone have any real-world experience on doing this. I have a Windows XP SP3 OEM CD and key, which should allow me to install Windows XP.
It looks like someone says you can install XP on a clean HDD: http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/143852-can-windows-7-downgrade-xp-now-any-licensing-isues.html
, see post #8. However, I'd like the confirmation from the experts here at experts-exchange...