Dell To Cease Windows XP System Shipments

Dell has announced plans to stop the shipment of Windows XP computers by the beginning of next month.

The computer manufacturer has decided to exclude the now outdated operating system as an option for a pre-loaded OS in its computers and laptops by the start of October, tech news site eWeek has reported.

The move comes in wake of Microsoft's deadline banning PC makers from selling its older Windows XP OS by 22 October.

"This means that we will stop offering XP as an option for customers starting this month in preparation for next month's deadline," Dell said in an official blogpost.

Dell has said that it will offer support drivers for the existing XP customers until the end of 2012.

Ten years down the line and two new versions of the OS, Vista and Windows 7, XP continues to be successful in the OS market, with three in five computers using it to access the web.

Despite dropping it as a pre-installed option, Dell still plans to offer its Windows 7 Professional customers an option to downgrade to XP.