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.
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?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.