This is all because of Microsoft’s self-imposed June 30 end-of-life for Windows XP.
Says the shrill ComputerWorld:
Adding Vista Business to a Vostro 1000 notebook, for example, costs an additional $99 above the price with the default operating system, Vista Home Basic. However, selecting the downgrade option — Windows XP pre-installed and Vista Business installation media in the box — costs $149. That’s a $50 downgrade surcharge.
Shocking! We should be rocking the Drudge Siren for this.
Or, as John Biggs would say, get a Mac. No more downgrading nastiness.