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Buying a Dell without Windows is not easy, but possible

Dec 29, 2010, 11:02 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Buying a PC from any large manufacturer/retailer without a copy of Windows pre-installed is difficult. You have some companies that refuse to sell a machine if you want Windows removed, then there are others that will remove it and reduce the price. Dell offers certain confirgurations without Windows installed, but it's not clear from the website, and has to be requested either offline or over Live Chat.

"Harish Pillay found this out by actually trying to buy a Dell laptop with Ubuntu installed. He had actually done this before, purchasing a Dell Vostro V13-N series laptop with Ubuntu. However, this time the N-series was nowhere to be seen and a Live Chat was required to get a Windows-less laptop.

"What follows is a transcript of the chat he had with a Dell representative in case you ever want to do the same. What's interesting to note here is the difference in price including Windows makes. Without Microsoft's operating system the final laptop price is $887.15. With Windows that balloons up to $1,045.79."

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