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  • Hi,

    I’ve a question regarding the legality of shipping a computer with Windows XP OEM.

    In the mysterious domain of industrial IT, we have to renew one of our old computer which is connected to a machine in the sole goal to display data coming from it via a custom made software.

    The supplier said that the OS on this new computer was Windows XP. I'm a bit surprised that a computer purchased in 2015 is shipped with a Windows XP OEM license because Microsoft officially stopped the support of this OS on April 8, 2014, and it's MS' recommendations to not use it anymore for security reasons. I'd think that MS wouldn't sell Win XP licenses anymore and to my knowledge, only Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 are now available.

    I can only think about these reasons to provide Windows XP:

    • it's an old stock of computers

    • the version of the software is only compatible with Win XP

    Does MS still sell Windows XP OEM license to some manufacturer? Is it still legal, for a supplier, to provide licenses of an unsupported OS?


    PS: since the computer is not supposed to be connected to Internet or to the LAN, I believe the security issues of Windows XP shouldn't be much of a concern. But I'm still surprised about this choice of Windows version.

    • Edited by CuiZinieR Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:37 AM
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:36 AM

Answers

  • Unless they are trying to sell drugs, weapons, counterfeit (or other illegal things) I think there will be no law to stop them selling old stuff.

    I's like a company can sell an old car as well, even if it does not meet regulations, is damaged, without paperwork,...

    As far as I know, Microsoft no longer sells XP licenses in any way.

    The choice of the OS to run a given product may have many reasons, including availability of licenses, compatibility of the software, lack of validation on newer OS,...

    you best option is to challenge the supplier.


    MCP/MCSA/MCTS/MCITP

    • Marked as answer by CuiZinieR Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:53 AM
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:48 AM

All replies

  • Unless they are trying to sell drugs, weapons, counterfeit (or other illegal things) I think there will be no law to stop them selling old stuff.

    I's like a company can sell an old car as well, even if it does not meet regulations, is damaged, without paperwork,...

    As far as I know, Microsoft no longer sells XP licenses in any way.

    The choice of the OS to run a given product may have many reasons, including availability of licenses, compatibility of the software, lack of validation on newer OS,...

    you best option is to challenge the supplier.


    MCP/MCSA/MCTS/MCITP

    • Marked as answer by CuiZinieR Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:53 AM
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:48 AM
  • Thanks for your answer. I've actually already asked the supplier for the reason behind using Windows XP as the OS version of their machine and I'm waiting for their reply.
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:53 AM