Dell to Sell Windows XP Professional with PCs Through 2009

In a letter to some of Dells customers, they said that "XP Professional is available for OEM installation on your Dell PC purchases through at least 2009 and likely longer." The "official" OEM and retail end date from Microsoft is June 30, 2008, just a few weeks away. There has been much talk of whether Microsoft would bow to the demand of the consumers to keep XP alive, and with this it is still hard to tell if Dell bought a years stock of licenses ahead of time, or if this is the precursor to an announcement from Microsoft.

Dell's plan for users is to have Windows XP Professional installed on their machines, but include the Vista install disk for when they are ready to upgrade. "With XP installed, we will send media for both Vista and XP with each PC so that when you are ready to migrate to Vista you may at no addition upgrade cost." The demand seems high, so let's hope others follow suit to allow companies the time and resources to fully upgrade.


The email reads as follows:
Good Morning,
I hope you had a good weekend. The purpose of this email is two-fold.
1. Because you are in our Relationship division, XP Professional is available for OEM installation on your Dell PC purchases through at least 2009 and likely longer. I will keep you updated on its availability over the coming months/years as I receive information. The PCs that XP is available on at no additional charge are our Relationship lines: Latitudes, Precisions and Optiplexes. On Vostro units, there is a small charge that will vary but I will communicate that with each quote. With XP installed, we will send media for both Vista and XP with each PC so that when you are ready to migrate to Vista you may at no addition upgrade cost. Of course, XP will continue to be available if you are using Vista Business Open Licensing agreements' downgrade rights also.

2. My team and I's phone numbers have changed as we transition to VOIP. Please note the information below.

If you have any questions/concerns about the XP/Vista issue or anything else please let me know.

Thank you again for your business and I look forward to speaking with you
Matt

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What they fail to mention in this article is that Dell will offer XP "through at least 2009 and likely longer," however will not support the growing rift of hardware incompatibility between newer hardware and the older Windows XP operating system.

For example, take a look at the horrifying problems between nVidia's 8700M GT cards and Dell's XPS m1730 gaming laptops with XP. nVidia doesn't even offer drivers for XP on their website, which leads me to believe that there is some backroom development of drivers between Dell and nVidia. There are tons of problems with those drivers.

(Kojio said @ #7)
What they fail to mention in this article is that Dell will offer XP "through at least 2009 and likely longer," however will not support the growing rift of hardware incompatibility between newer hardware and the older Windows XP operating system.

For example, take a look at the horrifying problems between nVidia's 8700M GT cards and Dell's XPS m1730 gaming laptops with XP. nVidia doesn't even offer drivers for XP on their website, which leads me to believe that there is some backroom development of drivers between Dell and nVidia. There are tons of problems with those drivers.

Not sure, but doesn't this has something to do with DirectX 10 ?

What about those suckers who bought a Dell machine preloaded with Vista, but now decide they'd rather go back to XP?

That's exactly the case with one of my relatives (who didn't seek my advice before making his purchase decision). Dell reps insist there's no way he can do it without buying an XP license at full price, while other sources tell him you can do it, but only if you're running either Vista Business or Ultimate.

And now this.

Dell, Microsoft--which is it? It's pretty simple, there are some people out there who buy a Vista machine and then want to go back to XP. Why not make it simple and, y'know, give the customer what he wants without charging the full price of two licenses?

Unfortunately it is true that the upgrade to XP is only valid with Vista Business or Ultimate. And that it is all Microsoft.

That is where I don't get Microsoft. Cases like that just encourage people to pirate software. They are creating their own problems

Downgrading to XP isn't wort paying for, just change the settings of vista to make it as XP like as possible and they'll be fine... End of the day you can still browse, email, etc. just as well.

(Gally said @ #6.2)
Downgrading to XP isn't wort paying for, just change the settings of vista to make it as XP like as possible and they'll be fine... End of the day you can still browse, email, etc. just as well.

Way to miss the point.

Yay!
Dell can keep more people ignorant and retard software adoption rates. Who needs new tech when we can live in the past with old tech?

Kudos to them for wanting to include an outdated, 7 year operating system on computers.

A good Bordeaux is not even ready to be drank at 7 years old.

Where in the sky does it say that you shouldn't run a 7 years old operating system on a PC.

XP is not the OS that it was when it was release. It has mature and is now at a point where we can do something else with it, than fix it all the time. Which is what we have to do presently with vista.

@ Xenomorph, It doesn't matter how old it is, if customers want it then Dell will supply it, Dell is a business, their aim is to make money and satisfied customers, weather ignorant or not, is a necessity if they are to achieve their goal.

@ Captain555, I haven't needed to 'fix' my pc with vista yet and I have it since the start of the year.

(GreyWolfSC said @ #4)
Since the source is a letter, can we see it? "Some of Dell's customers" could just be corporate.

True; in many cases, the customer gets BOTH; they get Windows XP and Windows Vista; and allow the customer to migrate to Windows Vista when they wish to.

There is, however, alot of lies being spread by Microsoft detractors; yes, things have changed, some compatibility is broken - but all this is for a BETTER FUTURE. Stop holding onto the past and get with the programme I say. I find it interesting that these companies who whine about upgrades always seem to have enough money for private jets and other creature comforts but never enough to spend where the money is measurable in terms of outcomes.

(kaiwai said @ #4.2)
Stop holding onto the past and get with the programme I say.

'The programme' is defined by each customer based upon their requirements, not Microsoft or its shills. XP will be replaced when it's no longer cost effective to use. Stockholders would expect nothing less.

(schwit said @ #4.3)


'The programme' is defined by each customer based upon their requirements, not Microsoft or its shills. XP will be replaced when it's no longer cost effective to use. Stockholders would expect nothing less.


BRAVO

For those that "may" want XP in 2009 is a good notice, but Dell can encounter some cost-related problems when it comes to driver support and updated hardware on that time...