Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2007 18:59 UTC, submitted by danwarne
Windows Lots of Windows-related news today. Firstly, responding to customer demand, Dell has restarted selling new PCs with Windows XP installed on them. Secondly, Microsoft software will sell for just USD 3 in some parts of the world in an attempt to double the number of global PC users (probably not at all unrelated to this interesting figure). Lastly, Vista may only be three months old in the retail marketplace, but Microsoft is already seeking participants in the beta testing program for the next version of Windows Media Center, codenamed Fiji. Update: Microsoft denied the sales figures in China to News.com.
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Not surprising....
by Vozzie on Fri 20th Apr 2007 19:59 UTC
Vozzie
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2007-04-20

Can't say I'm even remotely surprised at the Dell announcement. The number of people I know who've gotten PCs with Vista installed and then asked me to come over and put some variant of XP on them is huge. Lack of drivers and the fact that the system's a resource hog isn't helping its image with the average consumer.

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RE: Not surprising....
by tomcat on Fri 20th Apr 2007 21:39 in reply to "Not surprising...."
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2006-01-06

The number of people I know who've gotten PCs with Vista installed and then asked me to come over and put some variant of XP on them is huge.

Huge? I call BS.

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RE[2]: Not surprising....
by Vozzie on Fri 20th Apr 2007 21:55 in reply to "RE: Not surprising...."
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2007-04-20

20-something (and that's just my circle of friends). Mostly due to driver problems. I'm not saying that Vista can't work well for some (I beta tested it and found it lacking, although it worked fine), but it supports relatively little hardware, and that's giving people fits. Sure, you can't blame that on Microsoft (and I'm not trying to), but it makes for a pretty poor OS choice at the moment. The other blow to Vista's reputation among non-techie home users comes from the fact that many of the computers it's now pre-installed on can't run it well, and it comes off as slow compared to XP.

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RE: Not surprising....
by jayson.knight on Fri 20th Apr 2007 22:39 in reply to "Not surprising...."
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2005-07-06

"The number of people I know who've gotten PCs with Vista installed... Lack of drivers"

What PC maker is shipping a machine with Vista on it without the proper drivers? Not one that plans on staying in business much longer...

That doesn't even remotely make any sense...I call BS as well.

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RE[2]: Not surprising....
by Vozzie on Fri 20th Apr 2007 22:47 in reply to "RE: Not surprising...."
Vozzie Member since:
2007-04-20

The drivers for their pre-existing hardware, genius. Digital cameras, scanners and printers were the main culprits.

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RE: Not surprising....
by Laurence on Sat 21st Apr 2007 10:53 in reply to "Not surprising...."
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2007-03-26

Plus the fact that half the new "Vista ready" systems sold aren't actually powerful enough to run Vista without having half of the features (particularly Aero) turned off.

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RE[2]: Not surprising....
by n4cer on Sat 21st Apr 2007 11:53 in reply to "RE: Not surprising...."
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2005-07-06

Plus the fact that half the new "Vista ready" systems sold aren't actually powerful enough to run Vista without having half of the features (particularly Aero) turned off.


"vista Ready" isn't a designation used by MS for PCs. New computers meeting MS' logo requirements are branded as either Vista Capable or Vista Premium Ready. If you're buying a new computer that can't run half of Vista's features, the computer is either old and below the minimum specs for Vista, or it has a very unbalanced configuration, and it certainly isn't certified under either of the above logo programs.

There's no excuse for purchasing a new system that can't fully run Vista when such systems have been available for over 3 years.

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