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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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RE: Serves MS right
By Volrath06660 on 4/24/2007 2:01:34 AM , Rating: -1

I do not know how many times I have to say this to people, but here goes again;

DX10 is NOT the only major selling point of Vista.

Yes, Vista was not really necessary for a lot of reasons, but DX10 and the ability to address 128 gb of RAM were the reasons that Microsoft released it!

Windows XP may be up to date and working, but it can only reference 3gb of system memory in its 32bit styles. 64 bit XP can reference more, but not by much, and it is more unstable and clunky than Vista is.

So for the last friggin time, DX10 is not the sole selling point of Vista. The big point is the ability to address the 4+ gigs of RAM that you paid for in your new machine and are not able to use with XP because the RAM world ends for XP after 3 gb.

Is everyone clear?

RE: Serves MS right
By icanlivewithit on 4/24/2007 2:24:16 AM , Rating: 2
Your point is valid for 0.00001% of consumers. Business users have other options.

Yes, we will need more memory eventually. But in two years, 2 GBs of fast RAM will still be enough to run most games, and certainly the home productivity apps that most mainstream consumers employ.

And as a side note, I've never seen MSFT market addressable memory space with Vista. We might care about it, but does the average HP or Dell computer buyer care?

RE: Serves MS right
By mlau on 4/24/2007 2:37:49 AM , Rating: 4
xp64 can address >4gb, as can server2003 32-bit
(with PAE-capable CPUs [first Xeons]). How many ordinary
consumers do have windows boxes with even 2 gb ram?

MS released Vista because some support contracts had a clause
in it which stated that they would release 2 windows versions
during the lifetime of this contract. By the end of 2006 a lot
of those contracts ran out and MS would have had to return a
lot of money if they didn't push vista out the door to
companies before (that's why it was "released" to companies
in late 2006 and to "consumers" in feb 07)

RE: Serves MS right
By overzealot on 4/24/2007 3:00:06 AM , Rating: 2
For someone upset about misinformation about vista, you REALLY ought to get your facts straight about XP64. I've been running it non-stop for the last year, so I'll do the honour of correcting some of YOUR misinformation.
Max memory Windows XP x64 is can reference 128 GB (same as vista 64bit), last I checked most people don't buy 32gb memory sticks so this isn't much of a problem. (check wikipedia if you don't beleive me)
Stability? As good if not better than XP. Explorer in particular crashes less for me.
Clunky? Give me a break. HDD access is faster, VM access is a little slower. Considering that the usual reason for running it is being able to address more RAM, I think VM clunkyness isn't much of a problem.
It boots up faster, and the few x64 apps available do have noticable performance increase.
It costs the same as xp oem, and doesn't have Windows Genuine Advantage.

I do understand the downsides, lack of 16-bit support, programs taking up a little more memory, but it hasn't been clunky or unstable since the beta.

RE: Serves MS right
By Conman530 on 5/2/2007 10:20:44 PM , Rating: 2
Just use Windows XP x64 Edition, the best, most secure, virusless, awesomely stable OS IMHO. It accesses 128GB of RAM too, and is not unstable or clunky by any means (I think you were confused and describing Vista, LOL.) Volrath: go fly a kite, and for everyone else: buy up the last XP Pro x64s at Newegg for $139.99.


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