Punters line up for free XP

Fifty people lined up outside Dick Smith Electronics' Wyndham St, Auckland store at opening time this morning, hoping for a free copy of Windows XP, store assistant manager Simon Allan says.

Fifty people lined up outside Dick Smith Electronics' Wyndham St, Auckland store at opening time this morning, hoping for a free copy of Windows XP, store assistant manager Simon Allan says.

"We had six free copies to give away and people were outside the store from 7am."

The six lucky punters who managed to run into the store and say "Windows XP - yes you can" first went away happy, but when Computerworld visited shortly after 10am the store was pretty quiet.

"We've had a few inquiries so far, but as with all software releases, most people will be getting it directly."

Those who haven't beta tested the product or seen it pre-release "may take a week or two before they start looking at a system upgrade".

At Bond and Bond Queen Street, six hopefuls rushed into the store soon after opening and exclaimed "Windows XP - yes you can". But their efforts were in vain - the store wasn't taking part in the giveaway promotion, manager Jennifer Jin says.

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