Skip to comments.Microsoft offers users $100 credit on a new PC to switch from XP
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 wont 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 didnt quite do enough to spur sales. Now, users will be able to get a straight discount on their computer purchase. Thats good news for consumers who are avoiding a switch from XP because theyre 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.
IMHO, XP was, and is, still the best. Still have it on one of my putters.
Uh, puters! (Darn thing auto corrected)
Upgraded last year from XP to Win 8.
Once again, early adopters are screwed.
Maybe MS should offer an upgrade that wasn’t designed for a 15-year-old girl’s smart phone.
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?
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.
If you like your XP, you can keep it...........................
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.
I am getting used to the windows 8 on this laptop. Circumnavigating like Magellan is sorta kinda like an adventure. Sorta. Kinda.
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.
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.
Have you checked the prices at the Micro Soft store lately?
Desperation. I’ll hang onto my 10 year old HP tower running XP, even though it’s getting a little cranky.
Windows 7 runs better on an old PC than XP. I had to convert to get stuff to work
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.
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.
I suspect the price of PCs/laptops/notebooks etc. will go up by just about as much. Funny how those things happen.
Most that I have read has recommended forget Win8 and go with Win7. I have XP but thinking of upgrading to a new Mac.
Yeah, but Magellan got killed in the Philippines. I'm using 7. To hell with 8.
You should switch because every time you go on the internet “people” can see what operating system you are using to access the contents of their web server. As such you potentially could be targeted by hackers who could exploit vulnerabilities in XP.
As Director of IT for my company I can tell you that the differences in the new interface have been grossly exaggerated and most people can learn how to navigate Windows 8 in about 15 minutes. Anything I can do in Windows 7 I can do just as fast in Windows 8.
Furthermore because it was designed to run on mobile devices Windows 8 is “less bloated” than Windows 7 and more stable and robust than XP.
As far as I am concerned all the Windows 8 hate is a case of the blind leading the blind. The only problem you might have is if you have devices that lack Windows 8 drivers but if this is the case it is likely you will also have problems with Windows 7.
If anybody should decide to go with Windows 8 and has problems feel free to IM me and I will try and point you in the right direction.
I think it is more an issue of cost.
It is very very very very difficult for users to move over their accumulated software from point a to b. If it was easier and MS did not make so many frustration blocks, it would be more attractive to upgrade faster.
(ie just moving harddrives etc.)
I don’t go on the interwebs with my Windows laptop, nor on the Windows side of my iMac.
as I sad two weeks ago: “add a zero”
Actually, poor driver support and excessive resource utilization requiring a computer upgrade does in fact = “Crap”.
No, Vista was and is crap And I love XP and 7 (Still avoiding 8 and will continue to do so until they pry 7 out of my Puters!)
Too much overhead.
Unless you make some mods to background jobs.
Upgrade, sure if MS would recognize that some of us need to keep and access old files (some 20 years old) that are in programs that MS has abandoned. For example I have several hundred MS Works databases and spreadsheets. I occasionally need these files. I have converted some to PDF, but that takes time. Works databases can't be converted to anything useful. I'd run to 8 in a heartbeat if my old programs work.
I bought my laptop through my IT pros. They were able to configure thing to operate much like XP did. I don’t have the “tiles” on the screen and they later also helped me through the update to 8.1. I’d had the thing for over a year, but until XP was set to die, I stayed with the desktop. I also had to buy a wireless keyboard and mouse so I can use it the same way I did the old one.
If you get a puter with windows 7 pro you can run XP in it and use all your old programs in XP mode.
Just sent you a private e-mail...boring but need help.
“I’ve been running a PC and a laptop on Vista for over 7 years ... no problems.
What’s your beef?”
I’ve seen Vista run very well on some computers, and extremely poorly on others. From what I’ve read & heard there’s a lot of overhead in Vista and it requires top notch hardware to run well. Most PC manufacturers were bundling Vista with PC’s that had no business running it.
“I’ve been running a PC and a laptop on Vista for over 7 years ... no problems.
What’s your beef?”
I also had a pc with vista for 5-6 years, only problem i ever had was when adding music files for some reason vista liked to duplicate them in media player. A coworker had the same type of issue, importing pictures resulted in duplication.
I recently purchased a new PC due to an outdated processor and RAM limitations. The new PC came with WIN 8.1..................so far it’s been fine.
Try Ubuntu; its FREE! And EASY!
use the Windows Ubuntu Installer (Wubi)
Does not touch your windows.
Needs 5 gig of hard drive to install.
For a machine of that vintage go with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (long term support) 32 bit.
Takes about 30 min to install depending on your internet speed.
When you power up the computer it will ask if you want Windows or Ubuntu.
If you do not like ;delete it, cost nothing but a bit of your time.
Only if XP is allowed access to the internet.
If not, it is a damned fine utility OS and will be around until all the lights go out. At least, that's how I'll use it.
With XP, I have purchased my last MS product.
I ran Windows ME for as long and rather liked it. As long as you kept it maintained and running smooth it was nice. WinXP is more resilient due to the NTFS so the switch was a no brainer. But no real complaints on ME.
Thanks for the info. My son who is a techie tried this link and while it worked for a couple of programs, I have one program that was developed in 1992 that wouldn’t work regardless of what we try. His comment, “Well, at least it’s not on a floppy”. Cheeky young upstart!
(s)and yeah through the valley of hyperbole and delusional marketing was born the savior Steve jobs. He who applied his super cool hipsterness to bring forth coolness to the technologically naive and create a holy plantation which he called forth and lo and behold I-store was born. Now the chosen technologically naïve await his blessed return where even the fallen Beatles do not have the power to stop his vengeful apple. book of apple 879: verse infinite loop. (/s)
It’s funny, I remember when XP came out and people here (and elsewhere) said that it sucked, that it was too intrusive (dumping data to microsoft) etc, and that they would NEVER switch from Win98/2.
Or for $79 you can download Windows 7. :-)
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I bought my first PC. Then I built my next 6 or so. In the early days constant upgrades were a necessity and I loved doing them. Then I built one that did everything fine for years until we had a tree fall and interconnect the cable and power line. I found I had lost interest in building a new one so I bought one instead.
First computer bought 33mhz $2500
Last computer bought 3100mhz $300.
What if you have a good firewall/anti-virus program like Kaspersky? Is XP still vulnerable to hackers?