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Microsoft offers Windows XP users $100 to upgrade
SFGate ^ | 3-21-14 | Julie Balise

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 doesn’t 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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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: microsoft; upgrade; windows; windows8; windowsxp; windulls; xp
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1 posted on 03/24/2014 8:02:11 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

NEVER!!


2 posted on 03/24/2014 8:03:10 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: smokingfrog

Can I downgrade to XP and claim the rebate?


3 posted on 03/24/2014 8:03:20 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


4 posted on 03/24/2014 8:04:37 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

I miss MS-DOS, WordPerfect 5.1 and Lotus 123. Nothing ever crashed.


5 posted on 03/24/2014 8:08:51 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: smokingfrog
Let me guess: All the computers offered in the "deal" come with the dreaded Win8 loaded? Just where is the list of these machines, I want nothing to do with poking at the screen.

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.

6 posted on 03/24/2014 8:12:58 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: yldstrk
Windows XP behaves predictively. Windows 7 seems to do things on its’ own that I can't figure out why, and doesn't seem to remember my preferences on certain things. Windows 8, I'm dreading the day I need to make that upgrade. I still have Windows 98se on a machine that I use for word processing and report writing.
7 posted on 03/24/2014 8:14:33 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SADMILLIE

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.


8 posted on 03/24/2014 8:16:36 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: smokingfrog

Bill Gates Sucks.


9 posted on 03/24/2014 8:17:32 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: martin_fierro; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Swordmaker

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.

Thanks smokingfrog


10 posted on 03/24/2014 8:20:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: smokingfrog
My last XP computer blew up about a month ago.

I noticed my doctor was using XP for he medical record computer during a recent visit.

11 posted on 03/24/2014 8:23:27 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: doorgunner69

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/


12 posted on 03/24/2014 8:25:18 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: smokingfrog

Already got a macbook pro. My next desktop will be a mac. MS is stuck on stupid.


13 posted on 03/24/2014 8:25:49 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: smokingfrog
I have several computers in my business. Several are still XP, I love it. The XP machines never crash, one secret is never upgrade them, just never go anywhere on the web except sites you know. I do have to admit that at my desk I have 7 and love it. We have a couple of 8.1’s I hate it. I have installed the clam shell start button and it helps but it still sucks.
14 posted on 03/24/2014 8:31:10 PM PDT by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: smokingfrog
Direct Link

"Save $100 when you buy any Surface Pro 2 or select PCs over $599."

15 posted on 03/24/2014 8:35:12 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: smokingfrog
I read where something like 80% to 90% of ATM machines are still using XP.

Shutting off XP support is gonna piss off the banking industry, and make them think hard about Linux!

Sum ting wong soon!

16 posted on 03/24/2014 8:35:34 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: KarlInOhio

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.


17 posted on 03/24/2014 8:38:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: yldstrk

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.


18 posted on 03/24/2014 8:41:07 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

I’d be tempted to get a Surface Pro, but they’re still too expensive in my opinion.


19 posted on 03/24/2014 8:41:25 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets with Wrong, Slower Processor

"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."

Ruh Ro!

20 posted on 03/24/2014 8:47:41 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: ican'tbelieveit
Wow, lots of "gamer" stuff. Being a retired engineer, I look for solid desktop performance with CPU intensive programs.

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.

21 posted on 03/24/2014 8:50:54 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: smokingfrog

It is a stretch calling the change from XP to Win 8 an “upgrade”! XP—>Win7 maybe.


22 posted on 03/24/2014 8:52:54 PM PDT by Drago
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To: doorgunner69
I believe a lot of gamers end up with more machine than they really need. There was a time when the latest games required the latest hardware. I am not sure, but I think that is no longer true.

On the other hand, video editing is very processor intensive.

23 posted on 03/24/2014 8:55:24 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: smokingfrog

add a zero


24 posted on 03/24/2014 8:57:29 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: doorgunner69

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.


25 posted on 03/24/2014 9:00:49 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: smokingfrog

I’m using XP Media Edition right now. I did get the message from Microsoft that I would no longer be supported or updated.


26 posted on 03/24/2014 9:07:06 PM PDT by 38special (For real, y'all.)
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To: smokingfrog

I’m keeping XP!!


27 posted on 03/24/2014 9:09:52 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Drango

I have a windows 7, and I have the same question, I would love to be able to downgrade back to XP.


28 posted on 03/24/2014 9:10:13 PM PDT by matthew fuller (No, I don't miss GWB- I miss Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.)
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To: smokingfrog

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?


29 posted on 03/24/2014 9:12:25 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: smokingfrog
I recently bought the Acer Aspire 5600U. It was around $900.00. I really really dislike Windows 8 and was thinking I might as well have bought an apple... But found that this has what I guess is Acer answer to those of us that loved XP. When I click on the Acer desktop app it looks and works almost like old XP. There are still many downsides. Navigating to other places such as my computer, finding documents and using task manager still baffles me.
30 posted on 03/24/2014 9:15:56 PM PDT by GILTN1stborn ( #rememberbenghazi #extortion17 #impeachobama)
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To: Drago

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.


31 posted on 03/24/2014 9:35:03 PM PDT by matt04
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To: smokingfrog
I don't expect Microsoft to support their products forever without being compensated. I just want for them to sell a support package for XP.

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.

32 posted on 03/24/2014 9:43:38 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: TChad

Bookmark


33 posted on 03/24/2014 9:46:39 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: Slump Tester

http://www.zdnet.com/windows-xp-lives-on-in-atms-crisis-7000026106/

jan 2016 is when ATM’s have to move off XP.


34 posted on 03/24/2014 9:52:50 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: smokingfrog

are you saying that a computer OS is non-deterministic?


35 posted on 03/24/2014 9:55:07 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Slump Tester

its not shut off, if you pay for a support contract, and what bank would not?


36 posted on 03/24/2014 9:56:30 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: doorgunner69

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.


37 posted on 03/24/2014 9:59:43 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: RitchieAprile
My hearing is so bad (down to one ear that is marginal) that as long as it is not a leaf blower, it is all good.

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.

38 posted on 03/24/2014 10:44:47 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: matt04

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).


39 posted on 03/24/2014 10:56:57 PM PDT by Drago
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To: A CA Guy

I was at home depot and they had windows xp pro on the registers


40 posted on 03/24/2014 10:57:37 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


41 posted on 03/24/2014 11:58:37 PM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: smokingfrog
MS in all their arrogance still refuses to acknowledge they just developed the worst OS in their corporate history. While XP was very user friendly and had easy to find files, settings, etc, WINDERS 8 looks like a combination between a X BOX screen and Fisher Price toy.

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.

42 posted on 03/25/2014 12:13:12 AM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: markman46

Some placesstill use dbase 2.


43 posted on 03/25/2014 12:47:29 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: smokingfrog

Out of my cold damp hands maybe ...


44 posted on 03/25/2014 3:08:17 AM PDT by 11th_VA (Decrimminalize Tax Evasion)
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To: yldstrk

Considering the sophistication of hackers,I would say that anyone using an unsupported OS is like a schoolgirl skipping through a prison yard.


45 posted on 03/25/2014 3:09:46 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: doorgunner69

I7’s have more cores. That’s where you get the advantage.


46 posted on 03/25/2014 3:11:08 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: matt04

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.


47 posted on 03/25/2014 3:13:17 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy

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?


48 posted on 03/25/2014 3:32:30 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Progov

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.


49 posted on 03/25/2014 3:36:43 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy

well that may be, but making software people hate is just stupidity


50 posted on 03/25/2014 4:54:04 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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