Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Window for XP is closing

The deadline for consumers to buy Windows XP is soon

This is an important consideration for faculty and students wanting to run XP on their own systems and maybe even more so for folks using Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion on Intel processor equipped Apple Macintosh computers. This is because Windows Vista uses a file system called NTFS for partitioning hard disks that Apple Macintosh's Mac OS X operating cannot read and write to. Windows XP can run on a file system called FAT32 that Mac OS X can read and write to. Since neither Windows XP or Vista can read the Macintosh HFS+ file system, exchanging information between the Windows side and the Mac OS side of a Mac computer gets complicated if you are running Vista on an Intel processor equipped Mac. Though the university can get Windows XP installed on university owned computers after the end of this month, it may not be legal for the university to supply Windows XP media and install codes for installation on non-university owned computers for student, faculty and staff members

According to Network World:

I can't believe I'm writing this, is the time to buy Windows! Windows XP, that is, and no, I'm not abandoning OS X for a Microsoft operating system. However, there's a rapidly-approaching deadline that will affect anyone who has a need to run Windows on their Mac, so I thought I'd do my part to spread the word. If you weren't aware, Microsoft will no longer sell Windows XP after June 30, 2008. With less than a week to go, if you've been thinking about buying Windows XP to use with Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion, now is the time to act.

Vendors such as Creation Engine have been supplying Windows XP at educational pricing.

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