"Microsoft has been selling crippleware, software
that's deliberately had features removed, for some time. The only
real difference, for example, between XP Home and XP Pro, besides
the price-tag, was that XP Home couldn't handle business domain or
AD (Active Directory) networking. To get this one feature
activated, millions of business users paid an average of $80 more
"Today, Microsoft continues to sell XP, but the company really,
really doesn't want to do this. Why? Because Microsoft is losing
money, especially on netbooks, when you buy XP. According to the
Wall Street Journal, "the company takes in less than $15 per
netbook for Windows XP once marketing rebates are taken into
account -- far less than the estimated $50 to $60 it receives for
PCs running Windows Vista."
"Actually, my friends at the OEMs tell me that it's not even
$15. Try about $7 a copy. "