A few months ago Microsoft announced it would allow makers of ultra low cost PCs or ULPCs to continue offering Windows XP even though the company is trying to retire the operating system.

In order to qualify, a computer needs to meet pretty strict requirements. It needs to have a slow processor, relatively small hard drive, and no more than 1GB of RAM. Basically, this is Microsoft’s effort to convince PC makers like Asus to offer Windows XP as an alternative to Linux, and to sweeten the pot, Microsoft is dropping the price of Windows XP to between $26 and $32.

Now Eee PC News.de reports that the first computers using the new Windows XP ULPC license are shipping. The Eee Box, which is the desktop version of the Eee PC comes with a ULPC edition sticker. As far as I can tell, there’s no real difference between Windows XP Home Edition ULPC and a regular OEM version of XP Home. The only difference is in the license and the license fee.



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15 replies on “Microsoft starts to offer Windows XP ULPC licenses”

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  2. I don’t want a damn Microsoft licence. I want to fit a large hard drive, install Ubuntu, and operate it as a webserver !

  3. I have EEE PC with XP Home ULCPC in Spanish. I also have Service Pack Installation Disc. Could I uninstall windows, and then install english version, using Spanish Licence?
    Already have external DVD drive so that does not present a problen!

  4. I have ASUS 1005HAB netbook, and from the first day I have WinXP home ULCPC invalid, and DVD disk of recovery with windows damage partly, and I can”t receive the distributive of it from the ASUS or microsoft.

  5. hola,tengo un dell inspiron con licentia de win xp home edition ULCPC ,no functiona bien ,tarda mucho,todas las programas ,es una problema con el windows?

  6. me dices que puedo hacer el cd con la licentia del windows xp esta dañado?me puedes mandar otro cd ?

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