Skip to comments.Microsoft offers Windows XP users $100 to upgrade
Posted on 03/24/2014 8:02:11 PM PDT by smokingfrog
Microsoft hopes to make it easier for Windows XP users to drop their old computers and upgrade to a newer Surface or PC by offering them $100 to do so.
The Redmond-based company announced earlier this month that support and security updates will no longer be available for its popular old operating system after April 8. That doesnt mean the computers will immediately become unusable, but they may be more vulnerable to hackers.
Windows XP users can get $100 off when they buy a Surface Pro 2 or select PCs for $599 and more. The cheapest is an Acer Aspire touchscreen laptop for $599, while the priciest is a Dell XPS touchscreen laptop that starts at $2,299. There are several laptops and all-in-one computers in between.
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Can I downgrade to XP and claim the rebate?
People love XP and hate the rest. I wish I still had XP. I know lawyers that are still using Windows 98. Lawyers do not like change. Especially change for stupid reasons. You will find lawyers all across the country using old but perfectly good stuff.
I miss MS-DOS, WordPerfect 5.1 and Lotus 123. Nothing ever crashed.
Beside, with my eyes, the monitor is out of reach..........
I will likely take the advice of FReepers and just buy a new machine with Win7 loaded on it in the near future. Looks like less that $700 gets a darn nice box.
Right, those not using the net in particular for business will probably die 50 years from not with XP.
Was at Whole Foods today and I saw their registers are on XP.
Bill Gates Sucks.
They should offer $100 rebates to anyone who bought a machine with this P/OS 8.x installed on it. There was a rumor that they were going to start giving it away (free download), but I don’t think that ever came about.
I noticed my doctor was using XP for he medical record computer during a recent visit.
Already got a macbook pro. My next desktop will be a mac. MS is stuck on stupid.
"Save $100 when you buy any Surface Pro 2 or select PCs over $599."
Shutting off XP support is gonna piss off the banking industry, and make them think hard about Linux!
Sum ting wong soon!
My dentist has a pretty new office. Someone in her family is a computer techie that set up her office system and they all appear to run on XP pro.
Using my XP right now. In the other room I have a Windows 98 that I use to interface to an old scanner that won’t upgrade to anything else. its a perfectly good scanner its just that there is no patch to update it for later versions and I’ve searched the web extensively for a solution —so I use the 98 and the scanner as an out of date but perfectly good marriage between the two.
I’d be tempted to get a Surface Pro, but they’re still too expensive in my opinion.
"According to some reports from the industry, it seems that now Microsoft is supplying Surface Pro 2 tablets with older processors, despite the fact it had promised customers that the new version will get shipped."
Running "Death to All Aliens" at maximum speed, not so important. All that stuff about liquid cooling systems was interesting. Those gamers types must really run things hot.
Seriously, in looking at Win7 machines on several sites, I am curious just how much performance difference there is between the Intel i5 and i7 CPU of similar speed ratings.
Sure there is a difference, but other than gamers types, is it really noticeable? There is a price break for the i5 machines over the i7 both similarly equipped with memory and all.
It is a stretch calling the change from XP to Win 8 an “upgrade”! XP—>Win7 maybe.
On the other hand, video editing is very processor intensive.
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My son bought a laptop from them, and while it is possibly more than a regular user would need, I cannot stress that the quality of the machine is outstanding.
Look at their rush jobs, $700 for a top of the line piece of equipment. You won’t get better buying elsewhere for nearly the same costs.
And I am running an i5 right now. Put it together 3 years ago (wow, that long ago), and it runs like a charm. Running Windows 7 Professional, 4 GB RAM. Son’s laptop (mentioned previously) is running i7. He says if you are just using to surf web, i7 is overkill.
I’m using XP Media Edition right now. I did get the message from Microsoft that I would no longer be supported or updated.
I’m keeping XP!!
I have a windows 7, and I have the same question, I would love to be able to downgrade back to XP.
I just bought a new HP laptop with a 17 inch screen and Windows 8 for $208. That allowed me to convert my old laptop to Linux Mint to replace my FIL’s XP box, and bought a used Windows 7 laptop for 50 bucks to replace Mrs. Chandler’s XP box.
Why would I want to spend $599+ when there are deals all over the place?
I have Win7 on a VM on my MacBook Pro currently for all my windows needs. While Win7 has some quirks compared to XP, I am generally happy with it.
Win 8 on the other hand, not so much. Nothing about that OS is usable to me. Nothing makes any sense about where to click to accomplish a task.
If Microsoft won't do it, I hope another company steps up to the plate. This is a real opportunity. About one in five computers worldwide run XP.
jan 2016 is when ATM’s have to move off XP.
are you saying that a computer OS is non-deterministic?
its not shut off, if you pay for a support contract, and what bank would not?
I installed a liquid cooler (Corsair H100i) in my latest build. I run a Haswell (i7 Core 4771) and its the quietest machine I’ve never heard. Installation, in fact the entire build, was childs play. I guess I’d better start killing aliens or something.
Heat lockups from overclocking seem to be a thing of the past. I do recall those from the bad old overclocking days.
Been many moons since I built my own machine. Was great fun back in the days of Asus and Soyo to build my own with the latest Intel or AMD chip.
Got ticked off when I lost an expensive Soyo MB to a bunch of shorted capacitors that turned out to be a common failure. Sort of sours you on building your own with no warranty.
If you would not mind PMing me your list of hardware, I might reconsider buying a factory box and rolling the dice once again.
Yep, me too, Win 7 on a Parallels VM on my Mac Pro 3,1 for Quicken->Windows & Office 2003. Separate Win 7 box for legacy gaming (hardly ever boot it up tho).
I was at home depot and they had windows xp pro on the registers
windows 8 sucks big time. Even trying to figure out how to play a dvd on the laptop with windows 8 takes time. What the hell were those people smoking when they designed windows 8. It’s a horrible, horrible program. Not user friendly, not at all.
If you are one of many customers still on dial up internet service WINDERS 8 is a horror story. The program has to talk to everyone which drastically slows browsing even with the Metered Connections turned to the off position which is supposed to stop unnecessary OS use of your bandwidth. I got to use maybe 15 MB bandwidth in 24 hours time. WINDERS 8 used 100MB talking to all the corporate friends. Closing functions in Task Manager can not stop it nor can selective start up.
ALL SYSTEM SETTINGS should be found in the Control Panel. Nope on W-8 half of them require going to the bottom right corner of the screen where suddenly another group of options pop up.
It is not fun or exciting to get a new machine and have to spend days configuring it or rather wading through the childish idiotic layout the so called great minds at Microsoft put on a desktop for reasons that defy any common sense whatsoever.
WINDOWS 8 Stinks. No amount of updates can fix it and the patches and updates already twice exceed the total MB's of XP patches and SP upgrades in it's lifetime.
WARNING TO ALL. Be very careful customizing the Horrid METRO screen. One wrong click on the Metro screen and the program is gone as in deleted. I would say something positive about WINDERS 8 if I could even one thing about it that isn't a royal PITA.
Seriously I will not ever purchase another Microsoft OS if this is the best they can do. XP was great. W-7 was close enough to XP people could adapt. WINDERS 8 Looks like someone went out of their way to make a system so dysfunctional it would frustrate anyone over 16 years old. Classic Shell helps just a little but still it doesn't help find configuration settings. The Stupid Goobers at MS need to get a clue. Perhaps when people stop buying their poorly designed dysfunctional crap they might learn? Their next OS should be closer to a XP or traditional WINDOWS layout and called Windows Apology.
Some placesstill use dbase 2.
Out of my cold damp hands maybe ...
Considering the sophistication of hackers,I would say that anyone using an unsupported OS is like a schoolgirl skipping through a prison yard.
I7’s have more cores. That’s where you get the advantage.
Windows 8.1 is for people with touchscreens and people who do IT for a living...like me. Win8.1 is like a bank vault of security.
Where were they when we really needed them? We recently dumped our old computers for the new Win 7 version and would GLADLY go back to XP (with a few fixes needed). Too may changes to the new systems (Win 7, Win 8 and so on) without being fully tested and debugged. If Microsoft would worry more about “quality” than getting a new system released every month or so, things might settle down a bit in the PC world. Reminds me more of the cell phone world of change.....Who the hell can keep up with that?
I haven’t encountered any bugs in Windows 8.1. There is a lot I don’t know about it but it is rock solid so far.
well that may be, but making software people hate is just stupidity
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