Woman Sues Microsoft Over XP Downgrade…. Claims She Shouldn’t Have To Pay For An OS With “Problems”

From the “I can’t believe that it took this long to happen” department, a L.A. woman has decided to sue Microsoft because she has to pay for a downgrade from Vista to XP and wants class action status assigned to it:

Consumers have encountered numerous problems using the Vista operating system, and these problems have been widely publicized in various media outlets. As a result, many consumers would prefer to purchase a new computer pre-installed with the Windows XP operating system or at least not pre-installed with the Vista operating system.

However, Microsoft has used its market power to take advantage of consumer demand for the Windows XP operating system by requiring consumers to purchase computers pre-installed with the Vista operating system and to pay additional sums to ‘downgrade’ to the Windows XP operating system.

Okay. I can see her point. But she did miss something. I remember the days where you could downgrade at no charge to the previous OS if you bought Microsoft’s latest OS. That seems to have gone out the window (sorry for the pun) with Vista because so many OEMs such as Dell have started charging for downgrades to XP. I’d love to know if Microsoft makes any money off of those downgrades. I’m pretty sure that they’ll claim that they don’t, but I would think that OEMs wouldn’t chage for this if they wern’t passing on some sort of cost from Microsoft.

In any case, this is another legal headache that Microsoft doesn’t need right now. I’m guessing a few chairs are being thown in Redmond right about now.

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