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Dell's Dimension E521 along with a few other models bring back Windows XP
Dell will once again offer XP on home PC and notebook models

Dell will again offer the Windows XP operating system due to high customer demand on the company's community feedback forum, IdeaStorm.  Dell, like most major PC manufacturers stopped selling Windows XP licenses with its PCs after the launch of Windows Vista.

By the end of March 2007, Dell only offered two computer models that home users could order with XP preinstalled rather than Vista -- many business PCs and notebooks still came with XP as an option.

Dell's IdeaStorm web site launched as a platform for consumers to be able to tell Dell what they want to see from the company in the future.  More than 11,000 votes flooded in demanding that Dell offer XP on home products again.

"We heard you loud and clear on bringing the Windows XP option back to our Dell consumer PC offerings," the company blogged on IdeaStorm.

Customers can now choose between XP Home or Professional on six models -- Dell Inspiron 1405, 1705, 1505, 1501; Dell Dimensions E520 and Dell E521.

Dell's IdeaStorm is also responsible for Dell's stance to bring Linux to its PCs and notebooks.

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good for dell
By C36 on 4/24/2007 12:59:34 AM , Rating: 3
isn't better for DELL. older software might equal bigger profits

once you turn off UAC vista is not so bad but somehow with XP my pc ran faster plus most games work. vista on the other hands is finicky

RE: good for dell
By duzytata on 4/24/2007 1:40:29 AM , Rating: 4
UAC doesn't bother me much at all. I might see it once a day, and its a great security feature imo. Also, I haven't had any problems with games running on Vista either. Of course gaming performance is a little slower thanks to nVidia and AMD dragging their feet on some good drivers, but they will improve with time. If you're in the market for a new computer, I see no reason not to go with Vista.

RE: good for dell
By Pryde on 4/24/2007 4:29:49 AM , Rating: 4
The OS may consume a little more resources than XP but that is how it has been with every OS upgrade.

UAC is there to protect the user, It is unnecessary for the advanced users who know not to let unknown programs run but most of the PC users do not know this and is the number 1 way that your PC gets infected with a virus.

Give Vista a year to mature, there are still many features that have yet to fully be explored like DX10. I just wish they only released 64 bit vista.

RE: good for dell
By Slaimus on 4/24/2007 10:46:51 AM , Rating: 2
This is actually good for MS as well. When Vista is widely accepted, then those people with XP would still need to buy the Vista upgrade at that time.

It is past the MS Tech Guarentee period, so they are not eligible for a free Vista upgrade.

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