Netbooks, slow thanks to Microsoft

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[nico] pointed out something that didn’t seem to get any air-time during the recent netbook kerfuffle. Part of the original TechCrunch complaint was that netbooks are underpowered. This is a direct result of Microsoft’s Ultra Low Cost PC (ULCPC) licensing program. If manufacturer’s don’t stick to Microsoft’s restrictions, they can’t purchase XP at a discount ($26-32), which is the only way to get XP since they no longer sell it. These rules are why you can’t buy a netbook with more that 1GB of RAM.

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54 thoughts on “Netbooks, slow thanks to Microsoft

  1. I got a ViewSonic netbook that has 2 ram slots. Upgraded to 2gb of ram and overclocked the cpu to 2ghz and it runs sweet.

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