Posted on June 17, 2008, Shawn Sines XP Gets Limited Reprieve Beyond June 30 Mandatory Retirement
Windows XP has squeezed by with partial reprieve from its mandatory retirement June 30. Microsoft has decided to allow makers of low-cost desktop PCs preinstall XP Home through the end of June 2011. Some major manufacturers will continue to sell PCs with XP through the “downgrade” clause.
Dell is one of those manufacturers. Although the company will no longer offer XP on most of its machines after June 18, there are some specific models that will still come with XP until 2011. Consumers will be able to get XP Pro as a downgrade on XPS 630, 720 H2C and M1730 systems.