Friday, October 03, 2008

Windows XP Receives Another Reprieve

According to the Register OEMs have been given an additional six months to sell PCs running Windows Vista with the ability to downgrade to Windows XP using an accompanying recovery disc. OEM partners originally had up until January 31 2009 to provide the Windows XP Professional recovery media with machines running Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate. Now they have until July 31, 2009.

Although the largest PC makers can't officially sell XP anymore (except for ultra-low-cost machines), they can sell Vista Ultimate and Vista Business machines with XP discs in the box, or even Vista machines that are "factory downgraded" to Windows XP.

Microsoft officially stopped selling Windows XP on June 30, though it continues to be available as retail supplies last. XP has continued to be a top seller on Amazon and other etailers for some time, and several versions of XP are still among Amazon's top 25 best-selling software titles.

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