XP OEM Licensing Extension Is Urban Myth

Contrary to all the blog buzz, Microsoft hasn't extended OEM Windows XP "downgrade" licensing by another six months. What Microsoft has done is agree to provide OEMs with Windows XP media until June 30. Surely, somebody will accuse me of playing semantics. Not so. It's called accuracy in reporting, and pretty much everybody has it wrong.

The blogosphere buzzed with excitement, ridicule and accusation over the weekend about the rumored extension. Seems like anybody and everybody wagged the "We told you that Vista sucks" finger at Microsoft. I don't doubt that several OEMs want to continue offering Windows XP after Jan. 31, but they didn't need any extension to do it.

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If you go read the complete article, at the end you'll find this:

"Something else: Windows 7 is coming and sooner than some analysts have speculated. The six-month XP media extension ends right about the time Microsoft should be finishing up Seven, assuming release target is holiday 2009. That's still my prediction.

Some people will say that Microsoft has given up on Windows Vista, and in some ways that's true. Microsoft's "Windows. Life Without Walls" marketing campaign isn't about Vista."

That's what I really believe is happening.

I will continue to sell and promote XP only to all of my customers until we really find out how good (or bad) Windows 7 is.

Good. Finally people can stop derogating Vista and actually start using it.

/ posts this from my Vista laptop that I've been using for the last (almost) 2 years.

Agreed - I have been using Vista since Beta 2 ....

Have yet to find a single issue - have used Home Premium x64, Business x86, and Ultimate x86 and x64, from both the RTM and SP1. And, yes I'm posting this from my Vista Ultimate SP1 x64.

Move on, kiddies. Maybe if you guys finally grow up for once, then all the hearsay (from The Reg and PC World???? HA! Goes to show that the editors over there haven't grown up themselves anyway) and bashing would not have happened in the first place.

There, I've said my word. I'm now bowing out of it and continuing to use Vista.

the truth be known this OEM talk is garbage. OEM XP doesn't require activation, I have this compaq PC that uses XP media center 2005 (I have Vista business installed) and the XP simply installs and when I agree to the licensing agreement, I go directly to the desktop, no activation necessary as the copy of XP only works on my PC.

another vista FUD campaign.

OEM XP does require activation when not purchased through a large OEM builder and when you buy the raw media from somewhere like New Egg. The way system makers get around activation is to re-package the OEM XP that is tied to their system. Most large vendors do this because it reduced piracy and reduces their cost to Microsoft.

(ChrisJ1968 said @ #6)
the truth be known this OEM talk is garbage. OEM XP doesn't require activation, I have this compaq PC that uses XP media center 2005 (I have Vista business installed) and the XP simply installs and when I agree to the licensing agreement, I go directly to the desktop, no activation necessary as the copy of XP only works on my PC.

another vista FUD campaign. :rolleyes:

You have a SLIC BIOS then. The certificate is built-in.

OEM XP does require activation actually it's pre-activated by the OEM, so as long as you install it on your PC using the provided OEM media you don't need to activate it yourself.

Thats just the thing though, talking to a mate, I can't even find where you can BUY downgrade media!