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Dell to drop preinstalled Windows XP option this month

Back in June, Microsoft announced that OEMs would need to begin the final move away from Windows XP. The drop-dead date from Redmond was October 22, 2010 -- which is now fast approaching. It should come as no surprise, then, that Dell issued a statement yesterday saying that XP Home and Pro will no longer be offered as a factory preinstall option by the end of this month.

The Dell post offers several suggestions for those who may still not be ready for the change, from Virtual XP mode in Windows 7 to utilizing Dell's Custom Factory Install (CFI). But just because XP preinstalls can't be purchased, it doesn't mean you're stuck migrating to Windows 7.

You can, of course, install using your own media -- or Dell could even provide an XP rollback image on DVD. That's still fairly common with OEMs, and in the past couple of months, I've used such discs from Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba on laptops that shipped with Windows 7 Professional.

XP still has far too many fans for the world's #2 PC OEM to drop the OS completely.

[via PC Magazine]

Tags: dell, eol, microsoft, osupdates, preinstall, rollback, windows xp, WindowsXp