According to Microsoft they will stop offering XP Prossefional to OEM's on June 30 2008. Is this when Dell will stop offering XP on workstations also? We are trying to plan for future purchases and possible software incompatibilites.
I see that M$ has now extended XPs life...does that mean that Dell will continue to sell it beyond June 2008 - any moderator care to comment?
Here is what I have found regarding the dates Dell will be discontinuing Windows XP:
Per the Microsoft® Windows Life-Cycle policy, Direct OEM and Retail License Availability for Windows XP Professional will End-Of-Life (EOL) on June 30, 2008.
Dell is offering customers the option to purchase Windows Vista or Windows Vista Business with a downgrade service to Windows XP Professional. See www.dell.com/dellhasanswers for more details.
Hope this clears up some of your questions.
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Thanks for that Robert.
If I read the dellhasanswers page correctly, from the 30th June onwards (but not before) you will offer downgrade rights to purchasers of the two 'BONUS' offerings, Vista Business or Ultimate and will even pre-install XP Pro...and supply Vista on DVD too?
At a premium or at no extra cost?
It depends on the model of computer.
For Vostro it's an extra charge.
For Latitude/Optiplex/Precision it is free.
I'm considering the purchase of a Vostro, so better make my mind up then before 18/6/08.
Incidentally, what is the proposed fee?
It’s actually live on Vostro configuration page right now. For the downgrade service with Vista Business it is $50 more. For downgrade service with Vista Ultimate, it is $20 more.
Ah, yes if you live in the States.
Not for those of us in the UK.
Dell just received confirmation that the Downgrade Rights program will be extended through December 31st, 2010
• This is an extension from the original program ending date of Jan, 31st 2009. What are Downgrade Rights?• Customer will receive a Windows Vista and XP Pro operating system disk and Windows Vista COA and Logo Labels• Customer will receive a Windows Vista and Windows XP Resource CD/DVD• Customer will have Windows XP Pro factory installed on their system• At the time of purchase, customer will only be able to order Windows XP-compatible software and peripherals• For CFI customers, it will be business as usual as these customers currently have the option of downgrading their OS• For all customers, Downgrade rights provide the customer with XP and Vista tech support
Small Biz Folks,
There has been some incorrect information circulating around the internet regarding Dell and the downgrade program. The information I've posted in this thread are the "official" comments passed on to me through our relationship with Microsoft.
Also, we are staying in close touch with Microsoft regarding the dates bounding this program and currently expect to offer the downgrade rights program for as long as Microsoft supports it.