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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 Bushbacker1 (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 Bushbacker1 (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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To: bigheadfred
Circumnavigating like Magellan is sorta kinda like an adventure. Sorta. Kinda.

Yeah, but Magellan got killed in the Philippines. I'm using 7. To hell with 8.

21 posted on 04/04/2014 7:36:11 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: null and void

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.


22 posted on 04/04/2014 7:39:42 AM PDT by thejokker
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To: oh8eleven
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? Vista being crap is another myth. Poor driver support and underpowered systems was the problem most people had with Vista. Vista is only slightly different than Windows 7 and far more stable than XP.
23 posted on 04/04/2014 7:42:27 AM PDT by thejokker
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To: winner3000

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.)


24 posted on 04/04/2014 7:42:30 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: null and void
I have an old clunker that I might agree to turn in...for Windows 7.I'm avoiding W8 like the plague...just as I avoided ME and Vista.
25 posted on 04/04/2014 7:43:39 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: thejokker

I don’t go on the interwebs with my Windows laptop, nor on the Windows side of my iMac.


26 posted on 04/04/2014 7:49:14 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
Build your own and save much much more. It can be tricky for those who
are unknowledgeable about building a Puter, but there are tons of sites and
tens of thousands of techies out there to help.
27 posted on 04/04/2014 7:54:52 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: null and void

as I sad two weeks ago: “add a zero”


28 posted on 04/04/2014 8:02:34 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: thejokker

Actually, poor driver support and excessive resource utilization requiring a computer upgrade does in fact = “Crap”.


29 posted on 04/04/2014 8:03:18 AM PDT by Justa
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To: thejokker; Justa

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!)


30 posted on 04/04/2014 8:06:10 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: oh8eleven

Slow.

Very.

Too much overhead.

Unless you make some mods to background jobs.


31 posted on 04/04/2014 8:06:22 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: null and void
This is a real touchy subject with me. I am using 7, but I have to keep an old XP machine around to run a few programs that don't work on 7.

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.

32 posted on 04/04/2014 8:10:45 AM PDT by hiho hiho
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To: null and void

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.


33 posted on 04/04/2014 8:13:50 AM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Grams A

If you get a puter with windows 7 pro you can run XP in it and use all your old programs in XP mode.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7


34 posted on 04/04/2014 8:15:14 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: thejokker

Just sent you a private e-mail...boring but need help.
Thanks...


35 posted on 04/04/2014 8:15:24 AM PDT by yoe
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To: oh8eleven

“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.


36 posted on 04/04/2014 8:18:35 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: oh8eleven; bigheadfred; null and void; winner3000

“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.


37 posted on 04/04/2014 8:21:17 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: shove_it

Try Ubuntu; its FREE! And EASY!

use the Windows Ubuntu Installer (Wubi)

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer

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.


38 posted on 04/04/2014 8:22:10 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: null and void
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.

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.

39 posted on 04/04/2014 8:23:21 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: oh8eleven
I've been running a PC and a laptop on Vista for over 7 years ... no problems.

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.

40 posted on 04/04/2014 8:26:38 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: null and void

—bflr—


41 posted on 04/04/2014 8:36:31 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: Beagle8U

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!


42 posted on 04/04/2014 8:40:44 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: All

(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)


43 posted on 04/04/2014 8:50:51 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: cuban leaf
It's sounds like you were using it for work projects, while my demands were less commercial.
I'll agree Vista booted slow, but after that it's every man for himself.
44 posted on 04/04/2014 8:52:41 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Grams A

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.

;-)


45 posted on 04/04/2014 8:56:53 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: null and void

Or for $79 you can download Windows 7. :-)


46 posted on 04/04/2014 8:58:19 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: null and void
The EU debate poll after the event showed:

Nic Clegg 27%

Nigel Farage 68%

47 posted on 04/04/2014 9:13:18 AM PDT by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: usurper

Sorry wrong thead


48 posted on 04/04/2014 9:14:23 AM PDT by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: MaxMax
Build your own and save much much more.

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.

49 posted on 04/04/2014 9:14:49 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: null and void

What if you have a good firewall/anti-virus program like Kaspersky? Is XP still vulnerable to hackers?


50 posted on 04/04/2014 9:34:38 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever!)
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