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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 SavagePotato on 4/24/2007 6:59:05 PM , Rating: 1
Well, no I work for a small private internet provider that is part of and electronics store. I actually do run Vista and it is quite fast, feels far smoother than XP. We use it on two of the systems in the back without any issues, neither of which are powerhouses. As well I use it on my home system which is somewhat stacked performance wise, however the general feel of the os is preferable to XP on it. I'm often curious if Vista bashers have ever made use of it.

Honestly though who upgrades? and for that matter what business upgrades an os on existing hardware? At least Ive never seen it done. Any that I have dealt with are usually still clinging to 8 year old hardware and the only time an upgrade comes into play is when it dies and gets a forced upgrade. Personally I don't believe in "upgrading" an os on an existing box for the mainstream user. It's just a waste of time, use the machine up buy a new one for 1200 bucks in three years preloaded with Vista. If you do want to upgrade though it isn't the big bad deal people think it is.

User account control? I barely find noticeable. I don't know about the offices where you come from, but the ones here are chock full of morons that you cant trust not to fill their computers full of viruses and spyware. Heck every machine we use thats not in the service department is deep-freezed for that reason. I doubt however based on the level of misuse I see on a daily basis of XP machines however that UAC is going to stop the unbelievable carelessness of some of the people getting malware-ed out there.

However. People that get a new computer after the end of this year will likely be getting Vista whether they like it or not. Since oem shipping is going to end, and I doubt new users are going to reload the systems to get Vista off with an old XP key. I mean they wouldn't be THAT big a bunch of anal technophobes would they?


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