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PC makers jump-start XP campaign

As Compaq, Dell, Gateway and others release new PCs with Windows XP, Microsoft revises its home licensing model and offers a download to test for compatibility.

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  Will consumers upgrade to XP?
Roger Kay, analyst, IDC
As Compaq, Dell, Gateway and others release new PCs with the Windows XP operating system, Microsoft revises its home licensing model and offers a download so consumers can test the compatibility of the OS with their hardware and software. PC makers push XP out of the starting gate
update The industry will soon find out whether the new operating system will encourage wary consumers to spend their money on new systems.
Sept. 24, 2001 
Microsoft downplays XP activation
People who buy PCs with Microsoft's Windows XP operating system could find their machine disabled if they change or upgrade as few as four components.
Sept. 24, 2001 
Pirated OS is big seller in Malaysia
Bootleg copies of Windows XP are selling like hotcakes in Kuala Lumpur, with vendors dishing out huge discounts--some starting as low as $1.50.
Sept. 24, 2001 
Microsoft offers Windows XP discount
The company confirms that it will offer discounted versions of the operating system for home users who want to install it on several PCs.
Sept. 21, 2001 
Microsoft tries to ensure XP compatibility
With the launch of Windows XP just around the corner, the software giant is trying to help consumers move to the new operating system.
Sept. 21, 2001