Of interest: Dell joins Lenovo in allowing customers to ‘downgrade’ to Windows XP


Dell joins Lenovo in allowing customers to ‘downgrade’ to Windows XP.

Of interest from the Detroit Free Press, Dell joins Lenovo in allowing customers to ‘downgrade’ to Windows XP

“Dell says that even though Microsoft will officially retire XP on June 30, it “has the ability to exercise ‘Windows Vista downgrade rights’ on your behalf in the factory if … you’d prefer to have Windows XP Professional preinstalled on your PCs.”

“Dell joins Lenovo, maker of the popular ThinkPad line of laptop and notebook computers, which earlier announced that it will sell XP media through Jan. 31, 2009. In both cases, customers must choose to “downgrade” to get XP.”

If you purchase from Dell, for example, you can select “Vista Ultimate Bonus” or “Vista Business Bonus” to have Windows XP installed.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows XP, ULCPC, Windows.

Comments (4)

  1. When XP is retired on June 30th, what will happen to my computer?  I am a novice, any simple advise on this will be greatly appreciated.

  2. When XP is retired on June 30th, what will happen to my computer?  I am a novice, any simple advise on this will be greatly appreciated.

  3. M3 Sweatt says:

    Hi, Bettie –

    On June 30th, you should not see any changes to your PC.  Your customer support doesn’t change: your normal OEM (pc manufacturer) support offerings still apply, and Microsoft will continue to provide updates to the OS.  Microsoft will still provide mainstream support for XP until April 2009. Extended support (free for security fixes and paid for other help) ends in 2014.

    For more details, please see http://support.microsoft.com/windowsxpsp2.