I am posting this mostly to get a smile out of Trini, who spent much of yesterday afternoon
downgrading improving one of the local PCs:
Some used PCs are being purchased not for the hardware but because people want to get their hands on a copy of Windows XP, according to industry analysts and hardware suppliers.
Which isn’t any surprise, since the most expensive component inside the box is likely to be that copy of Windows, something I noticed way back in 2001.
Many consumers and businesses prefer used PCs with Windows XP because they still have older copies of software programs that often don’t run properly on new PCs running Vista, said David Daoud, research manager at IDC. For example, consumers may need to buy used PCs with Windows XP to run older accounting software that is incompatible with Vista.
Although there’s a limit to how far back they’ll go: at the moment there’s no discernible demand for Windows Millennium Edition.
Disclosure: I still have a copy of Lotus SmartSuite for Windows 95. It doesn’t run worth a flying fish on XP no matter how many compatibility settings I twiddle, so you can imagine the amount of enthusiasm I have for Vista. And if you can’t, read this.