Irrational? If Microsoft customers wish to used XP or for that matter window 3.1 or dos then the damn company should sell it not try to force OSs versions down their customer throats by refusing to sell older versions. XP still have a majority of windows computers and yet they are refusing to sell new copies of that OS. I love them selling Vista and then “allowing” people to downgrade to XP for a surcharge!
Only a company with contempt for their customers due to their controlling market share would not as a matter of course supply their customers wishes. Now for a surcharge for only some versions of Windows 7 they will allow you to have a XP emulator. How nice of them to do so!
Please tell me that XP is not a far better OS for netbooks for example then a cripple window 7 version that can only run three tasks at a time! I had not hear of anything so lame since OS2 that would only run one dos program in a window.
Right now for myself I am running everything from a ti99 emulator and dos box emulator for some games to a very old laptop with windows 3.1 and Norton dos on it in order to run a very old flat bed scanner.
There is currently in my household one dual boot system running Linux and windows 98 and one dual boot system running Linux and XP and three running just XP.
In any case it would be nice if Microsoft would try to convince their customers that Vista or window7 and future versions are worth upgrading to instead of trying to place a gun to their head to do so.