Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Aug 2007 21:38 UTC, submitted by flanque
Windows Microsoft has had to create a new build of Windows XP Professional for computer makers because the six-year-old operating system's continued popularity has nearly exhausted the supply of product activation keys. The new build, dubbed SP2c, includes no fixes or feature changes, but was created simply to address the shrinking pool of product keys. XP Pro SP2c, which has been released to manufacturing, will be made available to OEMs and system builders next month, said Microsoft.
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Difference between Vista and XP upgrade
by Jokel on Wed 15th Aug 2007 13:41 UTC
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A lot of people I know did a upgrade from '98 to XP. The majority of them did not have to buy a new computer, but just buy a faster processor, and/or a bit of RAM, and/or a new videocard. For a lot of people only upgrading one item was enough to run XP on their existing machine...

Now - with Vista - there is a whole different story. Most people wont get away with just some extra memory, or a single processor update or whatever. Most times their machine is too old to upgrade enough to run Vista smoothly.

In both cases I am talking about computers that where about 2 to 5 years old. An believe me, for most of those people a computer is something like a TV - you buy only one every 5 to 7 years or more.

I have a typical computer here in front of me (AMD 64 3200+, 2Gb, GeForce 6600GT), and it is running Vista slow and sluggish. And this is a system whose specs are beyond most typical home users.

And I think there lies exactly the problem!!

Now - I also runned some flavors of Linux on the same machine, and this did not feel sluggish at all. So - even something complex as the latest and newest Linux distro runs better than a OS that had years of development and optimalisation. This is a shame...

Now don't sabre me down because I compared the two systems. The facts are there. Now something has to be done about it. And it's not the fault of the end user, or something he/she could do about it - thats for sure...

n.b. sorry about my English - it's not my native language

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