As of tonight (June 19th), the HP Compaq web site still lists their 
top-end notebooks with "Vista downgrade to Windows XP"  as an optional OS.

My HP/Compaq nw8000 has given excellent service. The HP Compaq 8710w 
available now is a relatively costly computer but inexpensive when 
you consider its value with respect to salaries and time.

Dennis Brunnenmeyer
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At 01:06 PM 6/19/2008, Rene Stephenson wrote:
>You're right, Dennis. I checked with an IT guru buddy who has done a 
>lot of reworks of Vista machines when his clients got bitten by one 
>of its bugs and wanted to roll back to XP, and he said it was a 
>complete nightmare, every single time, and a couple of times was 
>such a colossal headache that he just told the client to return the 
>computer for a refund and buy an XP machine. He said if I go to a 
>Vista box, I'd better be prepared to do it come what may without looking back.
>
>
>Rene L. Stephenson
>
>
>----- Original Message ----
>From: Dennis Brunnenmeyer <dennisb at chronometrics.com>
>
>Rene....
>
>Whatever you do, don't fall into the trap of buying a Windows-based 
>laptop with VISTA installed on it, hoping to *upgrade* to Windows 
>XP. In some cases, this is possible, but look into it first. With 
>brand new hardware designed for VISTA, you may not be able to find 
>XP-suitable drivers. Your best best (in the Windows arena) is to get 
>one originally designed for XP, assuming of course that you choose 
>to avoid VISTA.
>
>Dennis Brunnenmeyer
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Dennis Brunnenmeyer
Director of Engineering
CEDAR RIDGE SYSTEMS
15019 Rattlesnake Road
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