When it comes to most of the configuration options for a Dell computer, you can expect to pay a little extra for an upgrade. For the operating system, however, it seems that you’ll be paying the premium for a downgrade instead. Yes, Dell is charging you more for older technology.
For whatever reason, if you decide to hop on over to the Dell website and build yourself an affordable Vostro PC, loading that computer with Windows XP will cost somewhere between $20 and $50 more than if you loaded the same computer with Windows Vista. According to Dell, this is because of the self-imposed June 30 “death” of Windows XP by Microsoft. The only place where you’ll effectively get XP is through the subnotebook market.
Well, it’s not completely true that the downgrade costs $50 more, because you still get Windows Vista in the form of installation media in the box. Even so, it’s still a $50 downgrade surcharge.