Quote: Originally Posted by Jimfof1913
Most large companies have standardize their PC configurations. They pay Microsoft a volume lincense for particular version of Windows. If they want to use another Windows version they would have to pay a second volume license. For most company this is an expense they will not make until they are going to convert a large number of their systems to the newer OS. Also if they get a lot of their computers from a company like Dell they can configure a OS system, take an image copy of it, sent it to Dell, and Dell will install the OS on the PCs the company orders from them.
Actually, the volume licensing option is usually for X number of desktops...the actual version of Windows installed really doesn't make much of a difference. Then at the end of the year, there is a "true-up" period where you reconcile how many you are actually using versus how much you said you would use and they handle billing the difference. Now, depending upon when you purchased the volume license, you may only be entitled to software for a certain time period if you let the volume license expire.
Many businesses that decide to stick with XP...either
1). Don't have machine resources to upgrade
2). Don't see benefit in having to test apps and policies against OS if XP still works
3). Don't want to have to retrain employees on using the new system
4). Have pre-built images and an environment that is working, tested and functional. Sometimes it's just easier to stick with what you know.