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Microsoft REALLY wants you to upgrade to Windows 8.1

As you may have already heard, Microsoft is ending all support of Windows XP on April 8. The operating system, which has been around since the turn of the century, has quite a loyal following. Missteps with Windows Vista meant that many consumers and businesses hung on to Windows XP much longer than Microsoft anticipated.
Now, in order to give users a kick in the butt to upgrade their operating system to something a bit “fresher,” Microsoft will start bombing Windows XP users with pop-up messages. Users who have already opted in to receive automatic Windows Updates will see pop-ups starting on March 8 that note the end of “life support” for Windows XP.
Included in the pop-up will be a link to a landing page with details the end of Windows XP support (including what you’ll be missing like Windows Security Essentials updates, security updates, etc.) along with some encouragement to upgrade to Windows 8.1.
In addition, Microsoft has partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with PCmover Express for Windows XP. This free data migration tool will make it easier for users to transfer data from their Windows XP machine to a Windows 7 or Windows 8.x.

Source: Microsoft

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XP vulnerabilities will start even sooner...
By taisingera on 3/3/2014 10:13:22 AM , Rating: 2
If the people get wind of this before March 8, they will shut off automatic updates, and the XP vulnerabilities will start a couple months earlier. I'm surprised MS for the final update on April 8, don't put an update into XP and have it automatically stop working after a month or so. That will force the people to upgrade.

By retrospooty on 3/3/2014 10:21:00 AM , Rating: 2
"I'm surprised MS for the final update on April 8, don't put an update into XP and have it automatically stop working after a month or so. That will force the people to upgrade."

They cant do that. Too many business users still on it, it would cause chaos at MS support. That and I am pretty sure its not legal to simply disable the OS. They will just have hte unsupported popups moving forward for the laggards still running XP.

By Dr of crap on 3/3/2014 11:26:01 AM , Rating: 2
Even worse,
ALL the users in all the business will be seeing this and calling their IT support groups.

Good for you guys, huh?

And I agree looks very virus like. Now if a virus is loaded from this you might as well upgrade to Win 7 anyway.

Win 8 for businesses - fail.

By sorry dog on 3/3/2014 12:33:56 PM , Rating: 3
I was on Home Depot last week and checker and manager were having issues with the POS computer that I noticed was still running XP. When I pointed out that all support for XP is ending soon and that is bad from a security issue, she gave me a Spock like eyebrow look that said "what hell are you talking about??"

On another note I had to cancel a card two days which I suspect was because of Target's wonderful security.... Better go on a cash basis to Home Depot for a little while....

RE: XP vulnerabilities will start even sooner...
By kmmatney on 3/3/2014 11:29:54 AM , Rating: 1
I still work with a few machine running Windows 2000, and even a few running Windows NT 4.0 - they are still running fine.

By KiwiTT on 3/3/2014 12:55:43 PM , Rating: 3
When I did a security course I was able to hack into a fully patched system, but found it quite hard to get into a unpatched system that was securely configured. Having the latest patches is only small part of the securing your system.

By taisingera on 3/3/2014 1:31:30 PM , Rating: 2
Windows XP = eXtra Popups

By marvdmartian on 3/4/2014 7:18:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised MS for the final update on April 8, don't put an update into XP and have it automatically stop working after a month or so. That will force the people to upgrade.

So....a massive class action lawsuit against Microsoft would help people upgrade? Yeah, I guess that's true, since MS would then have to supply free OS to every one of them, as part of the settlement!

Is it just me or..
By seahawk4life on 3/3/2014 10:19:27 AM , Rating: 5
Is it just me of does that notification look like a malware popup trying to get you to "protect" your PC. I get calls about these popups all the time from family and I tell them to ignore them. They even have a link. Hackers will be all over this in days.

RE: Is it just me or..
By kattanna on 3/3/2014 11:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
agreed. im betting viruses will be poping up looking just like that before MS does


RE: Is it just me or..
By sorry dog on 3/3/2014 12:36:36 PM , Rating: 2
So much the better for MS. There are plenty of folks out there that buy new PC's when their old ones get too virused more back door sales for the MS team.

RE: Is it just me or..
By hughlle on 3/3/2014 12:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
While it does, it appear to be working none the less, or at least for those who wouldn't think it to be a malware popup. I was in the library this afternoon getting a new library card, and had to ait while a lady showed an 80 yr old lady how to use her email or some such.She asked her "this machine is windows XP, the one at the other place gave me a message saying it needed to be upgraded, are you going to do that here" basically saying if you are going to be upgrading is it worth my time learning how to do this.

Conversely to your point, i find it the opposite. We have gone so over the top about viruses and malware that my family always ask me "is this safe" when it is a perfectly normal bit of software built into the OS.

I will gladly leave XP when...
By kamiller422 on 3/3/2014 12:19:40 PM , Rating: 2
...MS creates an OS that is light and fast. I use VMs a lot and anything higher than XP is like a bloated cow. The installation footprints are enormous. A bare bones Windows for advanced users would be nice.

RE: I will gladly leave XP when...
By JediJeb on 3/3/14, Rating: 0
RE: I will gladly leave XP when...
By extide on 3/3/2014 2:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
It is normal to need security updates after the fact. Nobody is perfect and even Linux, Solaris, OSX, etc ALL routinely have security patches. This IS the norm.

By sgestwicki on 3/3/2014 3:54:35 PM , Rating: 2
Well if you want an unbloated stripped down Windows why don't you try Windows 98SE or Windows 95 and if you really want to get rid of the bloat you should go with Windows 3.1.

The realistic alternative is to run one of the stripped down Linux OSs that are meant to run that way and are still being supported and patched.

What about XP mode in newer OS
By tygrus on 3/3/2014 5:49:36 PM , Rating: 2
They included the "XP mode" for running non-compatible apps inside some editions of Windows 7. Now they will no longer support it either so in effect they are no longer supporting functionality of a currently supported version of their Windows OS. Their first recommendation is to only use "XP Mode" while disconnected from the internet and other networks. It's like saying a Windows PC is perfectly safe if you never turn it on and they take no responsibility of what might happen if you try to use the computer for 'shock-horror' what it was designed for. Hypocrisy and false advertising.

By Samus on 3/3/2014 7:37:11 PM , Rating: 2
Damn did Microsoft screw the pooch on this one. Why is it Windows Vista can cleanly and smoothly upgrade Windows XP, but Windows 7 can't. They're practically the same OS, and use the same WinPE 3.0 environment!

Microsoft screwed up not giving Windows XP users a drop-in upgrade. If people could just put a disc in and boom, 30 minutes later, have Windows 7, I think 90% of them would migrate.

But no, Microsoft had an agenda to push new PC sales for their partners and conveniently left an upgrade path out, even though it was already implemented.

They shot themselves in the foot.

squatters rights
By notz on 3/21/2014 5:59:51 AM , Rating: 2
Since MS is abandoning XP, couldn't a 3rd party legally take it over, decompile & all?

"quite a loyal following"
By coburn_c on 3/3/14, Rating: -1
RE: "quite a loyal following"
By extide on 3/3/2014 3:00:20 PM , Rating: 2
Do you even know what Rainbow Tables are? Lol, or are you just spouting off something you read on a security blog? Rainbow tables are used to aid in the process of reversing a one-way cryptographic hash function. They really have NOTHING to do with any one particular OS out there...

RE: "quite a loyal following"
By Sivar on 3/3/2014 5:11:15 PM , Rating: 2
That's like saying, "Ford's Focus is criminally insecure, but its customers don't want to upgrade. Crowbar anyone?"

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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