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First XP/Vista Laptop comes on Market

Japanese manufacturer Toshiba (opens in new tab) has managed to arm-twist Microsoft in order to get the permission to launch its new laptop with recovery DVDs for both Vista and XP.

In what looks to be a move many desktop/laptop manufacturers may emulate shortly, Toshiba will allow its customer to downgrade their machine if they want to.

Microsoft always has had this option - downgrading (opens in new tab)- spelt out on its website but this has rarely been marketed since moving backward has never been a way of capturing new customers.

The laptop is targeted at a Business audience which might explain why the other recovery DVD only contains Windows XP Pro.

Downgrading an operating system allows a company to remain homogeneous platform-wise and decrease the total cost of ownership. It also ensures maximum stability and compatibility with existing equipment and software.

It will be interesting to see whether the operating systems actually share the same serial/license although it is almost a certainty that you won't be able to install either OS on another computer.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.