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Dell:XP 'Downgrades' Limited By MS(?)

Postby TeMerc » Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:20 pm

By Gregg Keizer

June 18, 2008 (Computerworld) Microsoft has put limits on the types of PCs that can be downgraded to Windows XP after June 30, Dell said yesterday, a restriction that means it will offer home users the option only on machines designed for gamers.

Buyers of the three consumer models that can be downgraded to XP after today must pay an additional $20 fee, Dell also said. The charge is similar to the $20 to $50 added to the price of Dell's entry-level business computers.

"Microsoft says what kinds of systems can be downgraded," said Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden yesterday. "Those are enterprise, small business and gaming systems."

While Microsoft has set June 30 as the general end-of-availability for Windows XP, Dell will stop pre-installing most versions of the seven-year-old operating system today. It will still ship some PCs with Windows XP, however, by taking advantage of the downgrade rights built into Vista Business and Vista Ultimate. Downgrading lets Dell install Windows XP Professional in lieu of Vista, although the newer operating system is still shipped with the machine so that buyers can, if or when they choose, move from XP to Vista.

nwz Continued @ Computer World
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