Dell extends XP sales one week

Customer demand has caused Dell to push back its self-imposed deadline to stop selling PCs with Windows XP installed

Dell on Friday extended sales of PCs equipped with Windows XP by a week, citing customer demand.

The computer maker will sell three XP-powered configurations of the Inspiron 530 desktop and one model of its XPS 630 desktop through the early hours of June 26, Dell announced on its US Web site late last week.

Dell touted "Extended by popular demand" on the page, and added that the deal will end at 5:59 a.m. US central time on Thursday.

Dell Australia will support XP on selected platforms until close-of-business this evening. Thereafter selected gaming lines, including XPS 630 desktops and XPS 1730 notebooks will participate in the XP downgrade rights programme, a company spokesperson said.

Previously, Dell had said it would shut down sales of Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional on June 18, saying that it needed to stop taking orders then in order to meet Microsoft's requirement that it ship XP-equipped systems no later than June 30.

"We're offering select configurations through June 26," said Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden on Monday. "We're not offering any components or accessories on these systems that might cause a delay in shipping," she said when asked how Dell could change its last-sale date and still make the Microsoft-mandated deadline.

The Inspiron 530 and 530s, and XPS 630 can be configured by the user, however, with the usual customization tool, to, for example, substitute a faster processor, add more memory or change out the hard drive. The Inspiron desktops can be ordered with either Windows XP Home or XP Professional, although the latter costs US$20 extra.

After June 30, Dell and other major computer manufacturers, including Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo Group and Acer have said they will offer XP only as a downgrade when purchasing machines with a Vista Business or Vista Ultimate license. Only Windows XP Professional can be factory-installed as a Vista downgrade.

Downgrades will be done free of charge for customers buying most systems in Dell's small- and mid-sized business brands, the company has said, but it will charge up to US$50 for the factory installation on the entry-level Vostro desktops and laptops, and US$20 on the limited number of consumer-oriented models that will offer the option.

Dell isn't the only one to relax the rules on Windows XP. Microsoft itself has expanded the pool of hardware allowed to offer XP Home twice in the last two months. In April, it extended XP's availability until June 2010 for inexpensive subnotebooks; three weeks ago, it added low-cost desktops, dubbed "net-tops," to the mix.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?