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Supposedly, Micro$oft will stop offering XP OEM licenses to computer
manufacturers and retail licenses next summer (June, if I recall correctly).
They pushed that date back from the beginning of 2008 due to the Vista
backlash.  They will continue to offer system builder OEM licenses until
sometime 2009 (beginning of the year if I remember correctly...but they may
have pushed that back as well).

You can still find some main stream computer manufacturer's offering XP.  It
is especially true if you go to the business or small business lines (the
enterprise/corporate world had REALLY rebuffed Vista...although, this is
somewhat typical...the enterprise world generally takes a LOT longer to
adopt new Oss...there are still some companies that run Windoze 2000).  Dell
does offer XP on a few of their consumer level computers, but not many.

If you really want XP, then you are better off building your own computer or
paying someone to do it (i.e. some local computer builder shop) or maybe
buying from some "boutique" computer manufacturer.  You could also buy a
major brand computer with Vista and then buy an XP license that either you
install or pay someone to install, but you will need to be careful of the
driver issue.  Some major computer manufacturers may not offer drivers that
will work with XP for some of the components that are used in their
computers...and if they are not main stream parts, then you might not be
able to get XP drivers.

Regards,

Scott
Adrian, MI

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc] 
Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 12:54 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Revit Structural


Garner, Robert wrote:
> Happily, most computer stores will continue to install XP on new 
> machines if you wish
Yes, sure, they'll do it - for a fee. I suspect that the time will come 
when MS will no longer allow OEM licenses for XP, particularly if Vista 
looks like it's going to crater otherwise.

It's really too bad they didn't just present updates or refreshes to XP 
instead of trying to convince us that Vista was this great new thing. 
Meanwhile, they could have continued working on the original Longhorn 
concept, which was supposed to be as revolutionary with respect to XP as 
Windows NT was vis-a-vis Windows 3.x.

Alas, marketing imperatives overcame technical arguments, and Longhorn 
may never come to be.

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