RE: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know)

Subject: RE: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know)
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 12:15:01 -0400

Gene Kim-Eng wrote (in part):

> Manufacturers shipping computers with Vista Business
> or Ultimate have authorization from MS to include a
> "downgrade" to XP Professional for customers who
> require it. On request, the computer can be shipped
> preloaded with XP Pro with the Vista disk included for
> later upgrade. Some manufacturers will even install
> both in a dual-boot configuration on request.

But there are only a couple of manufacturers who do this
routinely. If I recall correctly, among the big names only
HP and Dell offer XP rather than Vista as a standard option.
And that's mostly because they have had to offer that
choice to their big-volume corporate customers; the
corporate world has been very slow to adopt Vista as
the standard OS because it would force many of them
to accelerate their hardware refresh cycles to upgrade
systems not capable of running Vista efficiently.

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RE: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know): From: Sean Brierley
Re: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know): From: Gene Kim-Eng

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