Shell Game...Which One Is The Money Under....! OUCH....! The irony here is that money spent for XP or Vista ends up in the same pocket anyway. Last months (aptly, nay ironically named) "security updates" for Outlook Express and IE-6 locked my machine out of the internet altogether. Now, that's really secure!!! If you can't connect, you can't be compromised, no one could fault the logic there. However, you just have to wonder what was the reason. It would be all too easy to read a conspiracy theory into it. (I didn't, conspiracy theories give a headache. Moreover, I just automatically assumed incompetence or disinterest on the part of M$ ). As I thought I read here on TechSpot, M$ is going to sell OEM XP licenses for an extra few months, (past January), due to demand for XP and lack of consumer enthusiasm for Vista. If this isn't so, somebody please tell me, cause I'd like to buy an OEM copy of XP Pro just to save for one of those rainy days you spoke of.