Dell install Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on the XPS and include SP1 as well as a few key updates. As far as their own software goes, the main item is "Stage" which is essentially a desktop Dock which gives us quick access to various categories and folders, for example pictures, video and games. We also get support centre for maintenance and troubleshooting as well as backups and a desktop widget shows us weather. For those who want more advanced access to the system when logging on Dell also install facial recognition software and we are provided with 2GB of Cloud storage with this device.
Dell also install numerous useful items at the factory, including Flash and Live Essentials however they also insist on bundling a whole host of bloat as well. This includes McAfee, Nero and the Bing toolbar.
Finally we have the BIOS which on this model uses InsydeH20 code. There are no performance options present on this system however all of the standard items are available. As with Dells other models BIOS updates are performed in Windows using Dell’s flash tool for quick and easy updates.