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Dell will install XP for you after deadline

Dell will sell and support systems with the Windows XP operating systems to its customers even after the June 30 cutoff date set by Microsoft.

Dell will sell and support systems with the Windows XP operating systems to its customers even after the June 30 cutoff date set by Microsoft.

What will happen is that Dell will leverage on the "downgrade" license inherent in Vista Business and Vista Ultimate to pre-install Windows XP Professional on a selection of Dell desktop PCs and laptops. This will save users the hassle of having to do it themselves, says a Dell spokesperson. This service will be offered on some Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision systems for free. Some Vostro and XPS systems will also get this offer -- for a small fee.

These computers will also come with the relevant Windows Vista installation media so that users can switch to Vista at a later stage if they wish.

According to CNET News.com:

When selecting your operating system, you will see an option called "Genuine Windows® Vista Business BONUS" and "Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate BONUS." With these options, you may...have Dell factory install Windows XP Professional. You will also receive a backup media disc for Windows XP Professional, as well as the media for Windows Vista.

One reader over at InfoWorld noted that his company "will NOT purchase any new computers with Vista as the primary OS". Is that the case for you too?

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12 comments
tracy anne
tracy anne

No way no how. You get the choice of Vista or XP, no Ubuntu, and No No OS. I just tell anyone I have even the slightest amount of influence with, not to buy Dell.

jsmall26
jsmall26

This wasn't true for me, I bought a laptop from dell in october 2007 and they wanted $150.00 more to install XP instead of Vista... So, I chose Vista to save money. I couldn't believe that!

brilhide
brilhide

Great! Was it my comments to them last week? All the best Brian

itpro_z
itpro_z

The only application that we have had issues with is a web based app that some of our users must access on a State website. The State IT people are stuck on IE6, and have told us to expect no changes until summer of 09. We are now using Vista for all new installs except for this one group. For those users, we have ordered new machines now to refresh their hardware while XP is still available. I can understand where the State might have issues with IE7, and suggested FF instead, but was told "never" for that option. Just wait, next year they will update their app to IE8 and require us to buy all new systems again.

cne
cne

That sounds like something that could only happen in a few places, Nevada being one of them!

cup
cup

My brother had a lot of trouble with his new laptop when he chose to downgrade to the XP. The Dell option is great actually and it is a public service I believe the people in Microsoft don't really like --- http://www.mylinuxgang.com/

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

When I paid for my latest rig, I paid an excess to have XP Pro installed as the OS. The thought never actually crossed my mind that the inherent cost of Vista should've been deducted. I didn't receive installation discs for Vista with the consignment.

jbaviera
jbaviera

I too paid extra to have XP for my HP Pavilion. Had to make my own Vista recovery DVDs too!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

We install a pre-configured XP image most of the time, but on new models we install XP from scratch. This policy would seem to ensure we won't have problems getting XP drivers for newer models of the listed product lines.

cne
cne

IF Microsoft doesn't write the drivers and doesn't allow the OEM to write drivers for XP where, exactly are you planning on getting them from, DELL? No bloody likely, they get them from their source, they don't write their own drivers

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"...where, exactly are you planning on getting them from, DELL?" As a matter of fact, yes, I do plan on getting them from Dell. I don't care who writes them or where Dell gets the drivers. If Dell sells a system with XP on it, they'll include a CD driver with the system and have the drivers on their web site. Have you ever bought a Dell, or dealt with their corporate-level support? "IF Microsoft ... doesn't allow the OEM to write drivers..." Why would MS not allow vendors to write a driver? Hardware vendors already have the XP code they need to write drivers. How could MS prevent it?

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No such word as "themself" That word is always plural, "themselves." Doesn't MS Word's grammar check flag that? :D