Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Apr 2007 00:49 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite strong ongoing demand for the OS. Analysts and computer makers are wondering if the move is premature given Vista's ongoing performance and compatibility issues. Dell recently said it would reintroduce XP on a range of machines due to customer demand but Microsoft will only allow this until the end of the year.
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Microsoft doing the dirty
by Laurence on Thu 12th Apr 2007 19:54 UTC
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last weekend I was out laptop shopping with the girlfriend (for the girlfriend) and she had a budget of just 400. For that price you can get a reasonable system (and one that's more than capable for her needs) but every system had Vista pre-installed. I kept asking the shop-keepers if there was any way I can ditch Vista (as even the pricer systems in her budget only just met Vista minimum requirements) and install XP or Linux and they simply said it would be breaking the warrenty to install anything other than what was supplied.

It was very frustraiting given that the laptop barely runs the OS even with Aero turned off and as it's not my laptop, I'm not willing to break the warrenty.

Microsoft clearly have screwed over their hardware manufactorers as well as the Jo Public

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