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OEMs None Too Happy with Vista Effect

It’s a challenge to find signs that anyone other than Redmond will say that the uptake of Windows Vista is going gangbusters. A couple of weeks ago, computer maker Acer took the opportunity to directly bash Vista when it had to lower profit forecasts. Customers just weren’t interested.

Today, Tom’s Hardware reports that a poll of resellers found a serious lack of enthusiasm for the operating system’s effect on business since the enterprise launch in November. All segments of buyers, the OEMs say, want to wait. Problems with drivers and software compatibility, not to mention necessary hardware upgrades, have put the kibosh on a rush to roll out the operating system. In fact, tellingly enough, if they’re not ordering XP-loaded machines (or can’t for some reason), they’re sometimes rebuilding Vista machines with an XP machine. Now that’s rejection.

And a NotebookReview.com piece says you can see that this rejection is real by looking at a few other details. Dell and HP offer XP and Linux systems to both consumer and enterprise markets — because they’re selling. Actually, they’re not just selling, they’re first being requested by customers, so it’s a trend that doesn’t show signs of slowing.

What is Microsoft doing to squash the OEM uprising and get those XP machines out of the pipeline (not to mention the Linux or OS-free machines that also are making a dent in Vista sales)? Well, when ZDNet blogger Adrian Kingsley-Hughes read through the Microsoft message to OEMs that “Vista is ready now,

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