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Last Hurrah for Windows XP from Dell

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OSU Beavers

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The deadline to purchase a Dell desktop with an OEM Windows XP license was extended until June 26 at 5:59 AM CT.

Pick one up unless you want to pay more for both Vista and XP in a few days.

http://www.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/winxp_inspndt?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs

Best deal, although not a great deal, on a Quad-core with XP http://configure.us.dell.com/dellst...&oc=DDDADGX&s=dhs&dgc=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643

I picked up a quad-core with XP Home, faster RAM +$10, a better mouse +$10, a 19-1 card reader $0 plus free shipping. $503 after DPA discount.
 

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This is the 3rd or 4th funeral for XP.

XP has more lives than the Clinton Campaign.
 

Ms. Janet

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Best deal, although not a great deal, on a Quad-core with XP http://configure.us.dell.com/dellst...&oc=DDDADGX&s=dhs&dgc=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643

I picked up a quad-core with XP Home, faster RAM +$10, a better mouse +$10, a 19-1 card reader $0 plus free shipping. $503 after DPA discount.

This quad core is the best deal you can get from Dell -- I upgraded to the Q9300 processor, 4GB Ram, XP Pro, the deluxe Raedon video card, and a fax modem. The total was $759 before tax, and it's a screaming fast machine.

If I had it to do over, I'd probably go with the Q6600 processor and 3 GB Ram, saving $150. The main benefit of the Q9300 is 45nm technology vs 65nm for the Q6600 (45nm should run cooler) -- but the Q6600 has 8mb of L2 cache, vs 6mb L2 with the Q9300. XP can only use 3.25GB of the 4GB available, but it can use 98% of 3GB. Somewhere I read that there is a 667mhz limit on memory speed, so the 800mhz upgrade may not be useful.

I think the XP Pro upgrade is worthwhile -- it gives you the ability to access your computer from a remote location; XP Home does not have that capability.

What is the DPA discount?
 

OSU Beavers

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What is the DPA discount?

If you open a Dell Preferred Account they give you an extra 3% discount. If you already have DPA then select pay by credit card, then select DPA to get the 3% discount.

Dell Small Business is already charging $99 more to get Genuine Windows Vista Business with Windows XP Professional loaded.
 

Scott Kibler

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NAR members also get a discount. I got 12% off for that in November plus another, I think 3%, for doing Dell's financing. They even shipped earlier than promised.
 

Tim The Enchanter

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I'll stick with XP a while.
Just today finally wiped the drives on an old 486 running Win95, and a Pentium 3 running Win98. :leeann2:

At last, I can recycle them. :)
 

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Just today finally wiped the drives on an old 486 running Win95, and a Pentium 3 running Win98. :leeann2:

Well, since you mentioned old computers, I still have my original IBM PC, model # 5050 (the one before the XT). :laugh:

Upgraded with:
2 mb RAM expansion card with battery backup clock.
Tiny Turbo 286 processor.
256 color, 640 x 480 VGA video card.
Floppy drive controller supporting 720k 3.5 inch drive.
IDE controller supporting dual 127 mg hard drives.
21 mb floptical drive.
And running DOS 6.22 when last used.

Total cost then, around $10,000. :Eyecrazy:

The thing I like about the old DOS based systems was you could turn them on and run them, literally, for years without rebooting.
 
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