After today, major PC makers can no longer sell new computers with Windows XP preinstalled. Microsoft is enforcing its ban on XP despite continued discontent with Windows Vista, which even chipmaker and Microsoft partner Intel is reportedly avoiding.
There are loopholes—for a price. Consumers can buy a PC with premium versions of Vista that can be downgraded to XP, or they can find a non-name-brand PC maker—a "white box" vendor—who might still sell an XP box.
But most consumers will blindly and perhaps reluctantly accept Vista. They'll have little choice.