Dell said that it plans later this month to stop selling PCs downgraded to Windows XP, ahead of next month's October 22 deadline for Dell and other PC makers to stop nearly all shipments of PCs running the older operating system. "This means that we'll stop offering XP as an option for customers starting this month in preparation for next month's deadline," Dell said. The company plans to continue offering driver support for XP until Dec 2012.
"After the October 22 date, qualified customers will still be able to get systems with Windows XP through Dell's Custom Factory Integration service," the company said.
XP still remains the most used version of Microsoft's operating system. According to Net Apps, XP is used on three in five computers accessing Web as compared to Win7, which runs on nearly 16% of machines and Vista, which's used on 14 %.