Why downgrade when you can Upgrade?

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| Microsoft telling everybody that they will let people downgrade their Windows
| Vista to Windows XP making this the first time in computer history that a
| software that is selling like hotcakes should put out of computers to make
| them better.


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When you can't make people upgrade to the downgrade, force them:

Gold’en Rant : Dell quietly nixing its Windows XP options

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| I’m getting more than a little annoyed with Dell UK as, over the last few
| weeks, they’ve been quietly trimming the number of operating system options
| for buyers of their notebooks and desktops.


At least Linux is now an option.


The XP alternative for Vista PCs

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| However, demand for XP has remained. In April, Dell brought XP back as an
| option even on consumer PCs.
| There is an issue, though, over how long PC makers can keep selling machines
| with Windows XP as the preloaded operating system. Microsoft is requiring
| large PC makers to stop selling XP-based systems as of January 31, though
| some PC makers would like to sell XP machines for longer. *
| "We're all lobbying for it," Farris said.



Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday. *
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.


Vista's growing pains leave room for XP

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| Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. recently started selling XP machines on
| their Web sites. Lenovo Group Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. also offer similarly
| equipped machines. *


Dell casts doubts on Vista

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| Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on
| some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to
| Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista.
| [...]
| While a popular request through the company's IdeaStorm website, the
| choice was substantially outnumbered by requests for pre-installed
| Linux, US-based technical support, and other features -- pointing to a
| larger general demand for the change. The turnaround may be a reflection of
| an overall backlash against Vista, observed IDC analyst Richard Shim.