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Jun192008

Microsoft caps Windows XP downgrades limits, Dell

Microsoft has put limits on the types of PCs that can be downgraded to Windows XP after June 30, Dell said Tuesday, a restriction that means it will offer home users the option only on machines designed for gamers.

Buyers of the three consumer models that can be downgraded to XP after Wednesday must pay an additional $20 fee, Dell also said. The charge is similar to the $20 to $50 added to the price of Dell’s entry-level business computers.

“Microsoft says what kinds of systems can be downgraded,” said Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden Tuesday. “Those are enterprise, small business and gaming systems.”

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