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Microsoft offers users $100 credit on a new PC to switch from XP
Geekwire ^ | 3/21/2014 at 10:35 am | Blair Hanley Frank

Posted on 04/04/2014 7:06:45 AM PDT by null and void

Microsoft really wants people to stop using Windows XP.

The company launched a new promotion that offers XP users $100 off the purchase of a new PC that costs more than $599 through the Microsoft Store from now until June 15. Buyers will also get 90 days of free support and free data transfer from their old XP-powered PC.

Microsoft is ending support for XP, which has been around for more than a decade, in April. That means any security flaws found by attackers after that point won’t be patched, leaving users who are still clinging to their old computers open to attack.

For people who prefer in-person service, they can also trade in their old XP machine at a Microsoft retail store, where an employee will help them transfer their data on-site.

The company previously offered a $50 Microsoft Store gift card to switchers, but it seems like that offer didn’t quite do enough to spur sales. Now, users will be able to get a straight discount on their computer purchase. That’s good news for consumers who are avoiding a switch from XP because they’re worried about spending hundreds of dollars on a new PC.

Still, picking up a Windows 8 device could be a hard sell for people who have been using XP this whole time. Microsoft has changed the design of its operating system quite a bit since 2003, and using Windows 8 will take some getting used to.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: bitterclingers; microsoft; ms; opensource; windows; windowsxp; xp
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1 posted on 04/04/2014 7:06:45 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

IMHO, XP was, and is, still the best. Still have it on one of my putters.


2 posted on 04/04/2014 7:10:29 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Bushbacker1

Uh, puters! (Darn thing auto corrected)


3 posted on 04/04/2014 7:11:31 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: null and void

Upgraded last year from XP to Win 8.

Once again, early adopters are screwed.


4 posted on 04/04/2014 7:13:20 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: null and void

Maybe MS should offer an upgrade that wasn’t designed for a 15-year-old girl’s smart phone.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 7:14:17 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Bushbacker1

I’m still using XP exclusively on the windows side of my Mac and on my laptop. Why would I switch and spend a month fighting a new user interface that hides the stuff I actually use and is even more bloated?


6 posted on 04/04/2014 7:15:09 AM PDT by null and void (I don't mind getting older, but I hate wearing out!)
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To: null and void

This just shows that Win 8 is so bad that people wouldn’t switch to it even if they get paid to. I don’t mind switching to Windows 7, but if you don’t buy a computer with a touch screen, Windows 8 is absolutely horrible.


7 posted on 04/04/2014 7:20:38 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: null and void

If you like your XP, you can keep it...........................


8 posted on 04/04/2014 7:22:26 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: null and void

Moving to Windows 8...not for $100. However, I did rebuild my old Windows XP desktop and moved to Windows 7. Windows 7 is a worthy successor Windows XP.


9 posted on 04/04/2014 7:23:02 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: null and void

I am getting used to the windows 8 on this laptop. Circumnavigating like Magellan is sorta kinda like an adventure. Sorta. Kinda.


10 posted on 04/04/2014 7:24:19 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Bushbacker1

IMHO, XP was, and is, still the best.”

I’m right there with you. I did get a new computer though but we installed Windows 7 which I do like.

Still have my other computer with XP but it is not connected to the internet. I have some specialized software on the old computer I have used since the 1990’s for my business clients and it won’t run on Windows 7. Upgrading the other software isn’t a possibility because not only does it work just fine, but some of the companies that made it are no longer in business.


11 posted on 04/04/2014 7:24:51 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Bushbacker1

I have two purchased copies of XP. I’ve moved them around from computer to computer and registered them each time. 7 is nice, but XP works just fine for me.

Vista was crap, of course.


12 posted on 04/04/2014 7:25:48 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Red in Blue PA
Once again, early adopters are screwed.

Maybe not?

Have you checked the prices at the Micro Soft store lately?

Not cheap.

13 posted on 04/04/2014 7:25:49 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: null and void

Desperation. I’ll hang onto my 10 year old HP tower running XP, even though it’s getting a little cranky.


14 posted on 04/04/2014 7:27:40 AM PDT by shove_it (my real nickname is Otter)
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To: cuban leaf
Vista was crap, of course.
I've been running a PC and a laptop on Vista for over 7 years ... no problems.
What's your beef?
15 posted on 04/04/2014 7:29:02 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: null and void

Windows 7 runs better on an old PC than XP. I had to convert to get stuff to work


16 posted on 04/04/2014 7:29:11 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: bigheadfred

I’m not finding 8 to be nearly as bad as some are claiming. It takes some getting used to but it seems very stable.


17 posted on 04/04/2014 7:30:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: null and void

It would be nice to have a few of the old threads from the time XP came out.

As I recall, here on FR it was denounced over and over as being too expensive, hard to use, memory hog, another Microsoft boondoggle, and the main culprit of Global Warming.


18 posted on 04/04/2014 7:31:24 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: null and void

I suspect the price of PCs/laptops/notebooks etc. will go up by just about as much. Funny how those things happen.


19 posted on 04/04/2014 7:31:32 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: The Great RJ

Most that I have read has recommended forget Win8 and go with Win7. I have XP but thinking of upgrading to a new Mac.


20 posted on 04/04/2014 7:35:37 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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