Windows XP downgrades extended for 6 more months

By on October 6, 2008, 1:27 PM
Although XP is now officially off sale in retail, customers can still get their hands on the operating system by buying a Vista machine that comes with an XP downgrade option. That lifeline was originally intended to be withdrawn on January 31 next year, but apparently Microsoft has decided to move the downgrade cut-off date a full six months to July 31 – sending some rather confusing signals about Windows Vista.

With Microsoft’s upcoming operating system rumored to be launching around that time, it appears the goal is to transition businesses over to Windows 7 while bypassing Vista altogether. Microsoft has been desperately to kill off Windows XP with hopes of boosting Vista sales, but it seems the aging system just won’t go away.




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aolish said:
what they need to do is add more USEFUL new features into the next windows version. Having a sidebar that takes up system resources, Speech recognition that i'm sure the majority of ppl don't use, useless readyboost, a nagging UAC system that most people probably disable and a faster way in searching with a prettier UI hardly makes me want to go out and spend 300$ on... its ridiculous! Especially when the gaming performance between XP and Vista is practically nill to none. And even in some cases XP still manages to beat Vista in SOME gaming apps.
hamsteyr said:
Agreed with poster above, and another thing... I don't see how the extra required 1gb of RAM is required. If the RAM is just used to make the OS more "beautiful" and less/ same functionality, then its a no from me.Hopefully windows 7 addresses these issues. I don't like paying extra for a whole lot of nothing.
zertekspot said:
[b]Originally posted by aolish:[/b][quote]what they need to do is add more USEFUL new features into the next windows version. Having a sidebar that takes up system resources, Speech recognition that i'm sure the majority of ppl don't use, useless readyboost, a nagging UAC system that most people probably disable and a faster way in searching with a prettier UI hardly makes me want to go out and spend 300$ on... its ridiculous! Especially when the gaming performance between XP and Vista is practically nill to none. And even in some cases XP still manages to beat Vista in SOME gaming apps.[/quote]I jumped off the bandwagon before XP came out, pfft. I'm still using Windows 2000 and have all the functionality that Vista users have, and none of the hang ups X-D.
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