HP: Out with the Bad OS, In with the Good?

We know that both HP and Dell have planned to extend the life of Windows XP by using the "Downgrade Rights" Policy which allows buyers of certain versions of Windows Vista to get a copy of Windows XP along with Vista. But a report indicates that HP is looking at two different ways to make an "end run" around Vista.

According to Business Week, HP, the world's number one computer maker, has started two initiatives to reduce the somewhat negative impact of a Windows Vista-based computer. The first project, one that HP publicly acknowleges, involves a "customer experience" group created nine months ago, led by a former director of HP's research labs, Susie Wee. That effort is to develop add-on software and touchscreen technology that simplifies media viewing on a Vista PC. Phil McKinney, chief technology officer in HP's PC division said:
"Our customers are looking for insanely simple technology where they don't have to fight with the technology to get the task done."
It's clear that many are displeased (to put it mildly) with Vista's impact on computer performance, and this initiative is designed to reduce both that performance hit and Vista's complexity. But another report, unconfirmed, shows HP considering not just add-on software, but a complete OS of its own. Three insiders at HP told Business Week that employees on a separate skunk works team are working on a replacement OS.

According to the report, that OS would be based on Linux (makes sense). But at the same time that the insiders said this, McKinney told Business Week that, while such a project may have been discussed at "lower levels," it's not something under consideration by upper management.
"Is HP funding a huge R&D team to go off and create an operating system? [That] makes no sense. For us it's about innovating on top of Vista."
In reality, whither HP? While it may not make sense for HP to do this, or at least acknowledge it, it's true this is a particularly vulnerable time for Microsoft Windows. As such, Microsoft has taken some steps to "reboot" Vista's image, such as the Gates - Seinfeld ads and the "Mojave Experiment." Despite these moves, the real savior for Windows may lie in their next OS, Windows 7, and this time Microsoft, which has recently admitted it made mistakes with Vista, needs to get it right.
Via:  Business Week
Tags:  HP, OS, bad
rapid1 6 years ago

ROFL I have Vista Ultimate 32 and 64 bit. Got em free from Microsoft by being in there beta and further testing. I've installed both, then reinstalled XP PRO. I also run KUBUNTU out of the 4 XP pro still seems to do the best job. So guess I'll wait for 7 praying Microsoft gets it right.

recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

I still run XP on my desktop & don't wanna switch to Vista despite how well Vista runs on my laptop.

Seems skipping Vista altogether and waiting for 7 is becoming an increasingly popular option.

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

I love Vista and think it's a worthy upgrade.

recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

It's not that I dislike Vista, it's just that XP is already on my desktop working just fine so I figure I'll just leave it be.

Something I noticed just yesterday is that my laptop(much weaker than my desktop)boots Vista Home Premium in 40 seconds flat vs. my desktop which boots XP in just under a minute & 15 seconds.

graft 6 years ago

Vista isn't terrible, I use it for my HTPC and it works better then XP MCE did before I upgraded. But it does that annoying pause thing for no reason once in a while. I did downgrade my laptop to XP from Vista (which it came with) because of issues with software compatibility. Having run both OS's on each computer I have to admit XP is quicker in most tasks.

ryan92084 6 years ago

the main reason companies like dell and hp dislike vista is that it actually requires them to build a quality pc. They can't just sell it based off hard drive size anymore.

ice91785 6 years ago

I think ultimately they will not go all the way through with it; in the end MS's $$ will shine through and they will probably 'up' the kickbacks for HP to persuade them to keep windows on their new PCs....

Remember Linux vs Wal*Mart? ....gonna be the same

stubblep00 6 years ago

my brother dual xp and vista both 64 bit and neither of us have had any problems, other than the fact the vista wireless signal is weaker, but we think thats down to driver issues. i dual ubuntu and xp and use them interchangably depending on task, recently clean restarted winxp so lost photoshop so i use gimp but i need xp for my zunebaby.

digitaldd 6 years ago

SO now we have have to trust HP, the company that pretty much dumps every decent product they put out that isn't a printer [see OpenMail, PA RISC & Alpha CPUs, HP 4000/9000 servers] to support something an operating system on all things? no thanks.

Der Meister 6 years ago

lol... I like my HP with vista on it....

jasonla 6 years ago

I'm a big fan of HP's i just got a new dv7x series laptop along with some hp toner cartridges at a really low price. Their new laptops look great, i tested out their new touch series systems but still think a mouse is better then touch screens.

hazimkinani 5 years ago

I am not a fan of hp any more because its a greedy company and all they care about is money not the quality in their products .

Ive bought 2 hp pavilion 9000 with 17" screen and nvidia 7600 and both them had a problem of overheating after 1 year and they need a mainboard replacement.

and one last thing windows vista is sucks ( just for web surfing and multimedia  not any thing more)

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