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We know that consumers in America aren't exactly enamored with Windows Vista; there's even been a lawsuit filed over the term "Windows-Vista Ready."  Apparently the Dutch Consumers' Union agrees with that opinion.

In a recent meeting between the Dutch Consumers’ Union

(Consumentenbond) and Microsoft Netherlands, the consumer

organization asked for free copies of Windows XP for members who were

having problems with Vista. Microsoft, of course, refused.

The refusal has led Consumentenbond to call on consumers to

explicitly ask for Windows XP when purchasing a new computer and for

shops to provide free Windows XP packages to those dissatisfied with


Remember that recently Microsoft admitted (twice) that XP has a lot of popularity still, by announcing the extension of XP sales to June of next year, as well as a downgrade option for new PC buyers.