With Palace languishing in 21st place, Howe does not need to justify his decision - even though co-owner Steve Parrish and other Selhurst Park officials were far from happy when he turned them down.
Howe, who left Bournemouth, said: "How close was I to joining Palace? I've never really commented on that and I think I'd rather keep it that way.
"I've never felt the need to explain why I chose Burnley rather than Palace. I've left that to other people and by now they have had their say.
"But anyone can see what this club has going for it.
"You're talking about a whole host of factors - the board, the ambition, the potential, the playing squad. And now you can add our league position to that.
"I suppose against that there is the expectation that comes with being manager of a club that has just come down from the Premier League and is targeting an immediate return.
"Everyone thinks along those lines. But just because you've been there once, that is no guarantee of success.
"You have to earn it all over again and we've made a very good start in that respect.
"We've built up a nice head of steam with our results so far and we have to keep that going."