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Dell Axing Windows XP Shipments This Month

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Windows 7 has been out for over a year and it looks like Dell is the first manufacturer to announce the end of XP shipments.

Dell yesterday announced that it would halt shipments of XP computers later this month, just a few weeks ahead of the October deadline for all manufacturers. A Dell representative blogged about the move yesterday afternoon and said that in preparation for Microsoft's October 22 cut-off date, Dell will stop offering XP as an option for customers in September.

"Per Microsoft, only qualified end users meeting the Custom Image requirements will be able to get a new system with factory-preinstalled Windows XP Professional, XP Home, & XP Tablet products after October 22, 2010. This means that OEMs must stop the shipment of ALL XP orders on this date.

To ensure customers receive their XP orders prior to the October 22, 2010 deadline, Dell will begin removing XP as an option in September. There will be three options for your IT Staff to consider: (1). Complete your migration to Windows 7. Dell offers several services that can assist you with compatibility testing and deployment (2). Use the XP media to Hand Install XP onsite (3). Incorporate CFI services to assist your XP image loads. Please ensure that your organization has selected a strategy and that your account executive is fully aware of how you want to proceed."

Dell will continue Windows XP driver support until December 2012.

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  • 21 Hide
    rmmil978 , September 8, 2010 9:00 PM
    So Windows XP support will continue until the world ends. Fitting I suppose.
  • 14 Hide
    Bolbi , September 8, 2010 8:35 PM
    XP was a good old OS, but it's time to move on. Microsoft and Dell are helping to push the tech industry along with this decision. Windows 7 FTW!
  • 11 Hide
    outlw6669 , September 8, 2010 8:28 PM
    About time.
    Long live current OS'!
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  • 11 Hide
    outlw6669 , September 8, 2010 8:28 PM
    About time.
    Long live current OS'!
  • 14 Hide
    Bolbi , September 8, 2010 8:35 PM
    XP was a good old OS, but it's time to move on. Microsoft and Dell are helping to push the tech industry along with this decision. Windows 7 FTW!
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    hellwig , September 8, 2010 8:40 PM
    Wow, I didn't know Microsoft could tell OEMs what it can and can't ship, software wise. Isn't that what got them into trouble in the 90's? I would think Microsoft's only legal course of action would be to stop selling Windows XP to the OEMs in the first place.
  • 5 Hide
    belardo , September 8, 2010 8:41 PM
    Windows 8 comes out in 2012...

    Yeah, OS should be upgraded every 2-3 years to prevent stagnation.

    One of the things that SUCKED about the Amiga, is that its 1.3OS is pretty much required for many games (Productivity software didn't suffer from this stupidity) - so many Amigas from 1987~1992 came with OLD OS. Yeah, when commodore died, their product line ACTUALLY had 3 different OS installed! 1.3, 2.0~2.2 and 3.0! WTF?!
    So my Amiga, auto-booted to 3.0, but I de-grade to 1.3 for games. :( 

  • 21 Hide
    rmmil978 , September 8, 2010 9:00 PM
    So Windows XP support will continue until the world ends. Fitting I suppose.
  • 3 Hide
    gm0n3y , September 8, 2010 9:02 PM
    Great news. This should help spur better driver support for Windows 7. If they still sell XP (till the end of the month), are they still selling Vista?
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    pharge , September 8, 2010 9:07 PM
    My Top MS windows OS:

    1) XP
    2) 98 OSR2

    While looking pretty good so far.. hopefully Win 7 will end up finishing with as much love as XP and 98 OSR2 had.

    By the way, I agree that it is a good idea to upgrade the OS every several years (even in the business/cooperate setting)... as long as there is an OS which worth for the upgrade.
  • 7 Hide
    grieve , September 8, 2010 9:07 PM
    gm0n3yGreat news. This should help spur better driver support for Windows 7. If they still sell XP (till the end of the month), are they still selling Vista?

    yes, Vista is still for sale.

    I wish there was a greater push to Win7 64bit so we can get mega drivers for it. Frequently machines have more then 4 gigs of ram....
  • 5 Hide
    grieve , September 8, 2010 9:10 PM
    phargehopefully Win 7 will end up finishing with as much love as XP and 98 OSR2 had.

    I think Win7 is well on its way to become the most loved OS ever.

    I havnt met anyone who likes XP more then 7 yet...
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    mrecio , September 8, 2010 9:33 PM
    grieveI think Win7 is well on its way to become the most loved OS ever.I havnt met anyone who likes XP more then 7 yet...


    I know plenty of people who dont like win 7, but when i asked them why they cant give me a real answer other than its different (and therefore impossible to use or learn). so I think a better assumption is that any computer literate individual likes windows 7 over windows XP.
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    Anonymous , September 8, 2010 9:33 PM
    7 has to be the best os ever made that includes xp
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    lamorpa , September 8, 2010 9:37 PM
    What are they axing dem?
  • 3 Hide
    unknown_13 , September 8, 2010 9:42 PM
    'Bout damn time, good decision.:) 
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    photog10 , September 8, 2010 9:47 PM
    I haven't met anyone who likes XP more then 7 yet...

    Pleased to meet you. I guess I'll be the first, although I highly doubt i'm the first. I tried W7RC and didn't like it one bit. Everything seems to be hidden. And it wasn't smoother than XP. Plus XP has support till 2014, so If I can hold off till W8 I's rather do that and jump there instead of going W7. I would like to get an SSD in the PC i'm not jumping to W7 because of that.

    QX9650
    4GB 8500 KINGSTON hyperx
    evga 9800gx2
    evga 780iftw


    IMO W7 was a quick reflex from MS because they lost so much money on Vista. They had to recoup their lost profits. Anyways hands down, XP is still the most used OS in the world use. I'm hoping W8 delivers on 2 things. better utilization of SSD (no, W7 doesn't do this perfectly. Look at all the configurations one must do to get it working right. Also look in the mfr's forums of peoples complaints) and better startup times.
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    xyzionz , September 8, 2010 9:47 PM
    You know in my country, some people won't "upgrade" or should I say change their pc until it is completely DEAD. I still see some of my customers using Pentium III 450MHz which i used like 10 years ago and that is one of the hinders for software upgrades...
    I skipped Vista and used 7 and never looked back, I love my 7.
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    gm0n3y , September 8, 2010 9:59 PM
    grieveyes, Vista is still for sale.I wish there was a greater push to Win7 64bit so we can get mega drivers for it. Frequently machines have more then 4 gigs of ram....

    My mom bought a laptop from Costco the other day and it came with Windows 7 Home Prem 64-bit installed. So I think that 64-bit is the default version being sold now. Give it another year or 2 and 64-bit should be in the majority of systems. Then we won't have to worry about the same problem until 18exabytes of memory is reached (assuming no other reasons present themselves).
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    ScoobyJooby-Jew , September 8, 2010 10:02 PM
    the only people i know who don't like win 7 are pirates who have trouble getting xp game patches to work on 7.
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    tpi2007 , September 8, 2010 10:05 PM
    phargeMy Top MS windows OS:1) XP2) 98 OSR2While looking pretty good so far.. hopefully Win 7 will end up finishing with as much love as XP and 98 OSR2 had. By the way, I agree that it is a good idea to upgrade the OS every several years (even in the business/cooperate setting)... as long as there is an OS which worth for the upgrade.



    You got a detail wrong: Windows 98 didn't have an OSR2 version; that was Windows 95; Windows 98 had the SE - Second Edition - version.
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    phraun , September 8, 2010 10:19 PM
    Good. I only wish they'd done it earlier.
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    Stifle , September 8, 2010 10:31 PM
    So the sale of XP stops on October 22nd 2010, but support for it continues until April 2014. This is just the beginning of the end
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