Dell to end XP pre-installs at end of September
Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:01The slow, gradual death of Windows XP is about to start, as Dell announced on Wednesday that it would stop offering Windows XP as a pre-installed option on computers at the end of September. That’s early, as Microsoft’s drop-dead date for the end of such pre-installations was set to be Oct. 22nd.
Here’s what Dell said, in a blog post:
“Per Microsoft guidelines regarding Windows XP, system vendors like Dell will no longer be able to ship systems with XP Professional and XP Home after October 22, 2010. This means that we will stop offering XP as an option for customers starting this month in preparation for next month’s deadline. One other important thing to note is that Dell plans to continue Windows XP driver support until December 2012.”
This is just for pre-installation of Windows XP. Microsoft has previously said that Windows XP Downgrade rights, which gives buyers of PCs Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate the ability to get an XP disc (or even Vista) that they can downgrade with, themselves, will be an option through the life of Windows 7.
Naturally, those with volume-license agreements have further options with regards to XP and Vista. Despite the fact that XP’s market share is finally dropping, as Windows 7 gains fans, it still has a huge number of proponents who say its “good enough.”