Why do workplaces downgrade OSes on computers?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by dontwalkhand, May 6, 2009.

  1. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have noticed that my workplace, along with many other people's work that I know of, purchases computers with Vista licenses, but then essentially downgrades them to Windows XP...WHETHER they have the PROPER drivers for XP or not! I understand the need for standardization, but when they don't have the proper drivers, I just do not see the point. And btw, the only "Company software" I use, would be IE7 to run some web based applications, so the OS doesn't even matter. (Sadly, I can't use my MacBook at work, because it requires Internet Explorer)

    Thank god that Macs at work purchased with leopard can't be downgraded to Tiger :p
  2. remmy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    It is normally because the company uses specialised software.

    A good example is were I work, we need to get a new PC which runs XP as it is the only OS that the secure database software will use. The software was specially written for the company so a new version is unlikely to be written.
  3. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    XP is an upgrade from Vista :D

    My work PC came with Vista (at least I can assume so since it has a Vista sticker on it) but before they handed it over to me, they put XP on and I'm glad. I hate Vista.
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    You could use ies4osx (http://macapper.com/2007/11/29/ies4osx-run-internet-explorer-567-natively-in-os-x/) for having the IE on Mac OS X.

    And as Vista is a radical departure from XP seen from the surface (new GUI and all that), companies like to have their people more efficient in a known environment (XP) than to learn a new environment (Vista), which takes time and might "loose" them money.

    Maybe in some years when Windows 6.1 (Seven) is widespread, companies will adopt it into their workplaces.

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