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Apparently, people do not like Vista, and businesses are slow to adopt it.

From http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7370821.stm

  • Dell is using a clause in the conditions for Windows Vista which lets it provide XP under the terms of a "downgrade license"
  • HP is also using the "downgrade" option to keep selling XP with some models until 30 July 2009.
  • Lenovo is installing Vista but including a XP recovery disk so owners can roll back to the older software.

In all these cases a PC is logged as a Vista sale and, in effect, is being sold with an unused option to upgrade to the newer operating system.

Despite this Microsoft said its sales of Vista licenses stood at 140m - a figure that was in line with its predictions.

If all of the above mentioned XP sales are counting as Vista sales, then the 140 million figure needs to be adjusted by some amount. Numbers for the XP sales above were not listed. Still, if the only way for MS to make their predictions is to count XP machines in with the Vista machines... Well I guess their statisticians are either shite, or screaming in their offices about purposefully meaningless numbers.

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That's good to know, (that I have options to downgrade to XP) I've been putting of the purchase of a laptop because the version of Adobe Captivate I use for clients doesn't run on Vista.

I will give you my standard answer. Get a Mac and one of the following applications: Parallels, Fusion (VMWare), or use the native BootCamp. Then get an XP SP2 install CD (I use newegg.com). BootCamp is dual-boot and keeps the two OS's separate. Parallels runs XP or XP apps on your desktop. Fusion creates a virtual machine (you can run other OS's in addition to Windows).

I realize it is going to be more expensive (since you are buying a Mac, extra software, and a copy of XP), but I prefer the Mac.

The one downside to getting a Mac (and this applies to PC laptops as well) is upgrading. I have a PC in which I can swap components and pretty easily upgrade.

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