Several Apple resellers are marketing Intel-based Mac desktops and portables with Windows XP pre-installed, but Apple Computer Inc. reiterated that it has no intention of following their lead.
The resellers, which include a small Utah-based company and a major California computer online warehouse, are bundling Windows XP with standard Macintosh models, and pre-installing the Microsoft operating system using the Boot Camp dual-boot application that Apple released earlier this month.
ExperCom is touting a $2,029 MacBook Pro with Windows XP Home pre-loaded; the price is just $35 above the Apple price for the portable. Meanwhile, ClubMac.com, MacMall.com, and OnSale.com — all three part of Torrance, Calif.-based PC Mall — list MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac mini machines with XP Home or XP Professional installed. Windows XP Home bumps up the usual price of the computer by $100, while XP Professional costs an additional $150.
Retail prices for Windows XP Home are in the $190-198 range.
A sales representative from MacMall told TechWeb that users can select the size of the disk partition assigned to Windows XP during the ordering process.
But there are limits to what the resellers will do. “We don’t support Windows XP – and neither does Apple,” ExperCom said on its site. “We’ll install it for you, but, hey, we’re Mac people, so we can’t help answer Windows questions!” Lengthy disclaimers, primarily about Boot Camp’s beta status, also appeared on the ClubMac, MacMall, and OnSale sites.