tech_guy (1st April 2008)
All this depends on the availability of XP drivers for your new shiny computer.
A few months ago, two teachers came to me with laptops they'd bought themselves (there was a long thread about it at the time). I tried to downgrade to XP but couldn't because there were no drivers available.
They've had to wait until I'm ready to support Vista.
Don't assume that because you've got the license it's technically possible!
In the next 6-12 months it'll be increasingly difficult to find XP compatible new computers especially laptops.
Guys, ive just been informed from my MS Gold partner supplier that XP around at the very least untill April 09.
Technically you'll be right but I think the increase will be small.In the next 6-12 months it'll be increasingly difficult to find XP compatible new computers especially laptops.
As soon as a supplier drops driver support - that supplier will find their business going downhill fast - and I think suppliers are very pragmatic people - once they see one firm struggling for sales- they'll not be keen to follow them.
As I told a tale in another thread - my main supplier was told by Fujitsu that they would not be selling/supporting XP anymore - after being thanked and shown the door there was a remarkable turnaround in Fujitsu's attitude and we now have "Twinload" - the laptops come with Vista pre-installed but 30 mins with the DVD supplied and your back with XP
I now send any people (friends/teachers/relatives/friends of relative teachers) asking me where to get a machine from and I say get a Fujistsu or go online with Dell but order from the Business section where you can have whatever OS you want.
If we (that is network/system managers) just say no - we will win - because at the end of the day - firms will not generally try to self-destruct themselves - even MS will do something to help us eventually.
PS must check my medication
Last edited by SimpleSi; 2nd April 2008 at 08:04 AM.
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