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confusedinMich

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I am strongly considering switching back to XP but need to find out some information first. Originally I purchased a Dell computer that had windows media center and a tv tuner card. I really enjoy being able to record my programs, ff through live tv etc. Well after a year of nothing but problems Dell finally sent me a better computer but told me it had to have vista on it because of my tv tuner card and microsoft not making media center edition any longer. I then remembered a few years ago my son installed a tv tuner card on his computer and did not have media center. So obviously I can watch tv without having to have media center whether it be Windows Media Center Edition OS or Windows Vista Home Premium OS BUT would I be able to record tv programs, ff through commercials on live tv? Can anyone tell me more or give me a link to where I can read more about it? I don't like Windows Vista. Thanks for any/all help.
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You're not alone in not liking Vista, but the problem is that Microsoft has now forbidden PC builders and retailers from installing any edition of XP (including the Media Center Edition). They are only allowed to install Vista or sell boxed versions of Vista. XP is now 'dead' as far as retailers are concerned. So unless you already have a PC with XP installed, or an old retail XP CD, returning to XP is not an option.
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You're not alone in not liking Vista, but the problem is that Microsoft has now forbidden PC builders and retailers from installing any edition of XP (including the Media Center Edition). They are only allowed to install Vista or sell boxed versions of Vista. XP is now 'dead' as far as retailers are concerned. So unless you already have a PC with XP installed, or an old retail XP CD, returning to XP is not an option.


Not true.

XP is available to OEMs and System Builders up until June next year. After that, unless the date is changed again, Vista will be the only option.
Most branded computer products have always come with the latest version of Windows regardless of how good/bad it is, some (such as Dell) still give you an option to use XP or Vista.
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I buy computers for my company and XP is still the default OS for Dell's business-oriented machines. I don't even think Vista is an OEM option of the business side of Dell.
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