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Microsoft wants to get Windows XP below 10% by April 2014

Microsoft has hatched a plan to get resellers to help wean customers off Windows XP by April 2014. Windows XP currently holds the second largest percentage of the computer operating system market right below Windows 7. According to Net Applications, Windows XP holds 37.17% of the operating system market while Windows 7 holds 44.37%.

Microsoft is reminding resellers and customers that there is less than a year left until all support for Windows XP is stopped. On April 8, 2014, Windows XP will no longer receive patches or updates including critical security updates. Moving consumers from Windows XP to a newer version of Windows is reportedly one of Microsoft's top priorities for its fiscal 2014, which began on July 1.

That could be a tall order for Microsoft since the software giant and its partners would reportedly need to migrate 586,000 computers per day over the next 273 days to eliminate all machines running Windows XP.

Microsoft is rolling out several programs, offers, and tools to encourage users to leave Windows XP behind. Those programs include Accelerate where Microsoft will pay some reseller and integrator partners to create a proof of concept Metro-style apps to help lure customers to Windows 8. Microsoft is also going to extend the program call Get to Modern aimed at small and medium businesses.
It was reported earlier this month that Windows 8 market share just finally crept ahead of the unloved Windows Vista operating system.

Source: ZDNet

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RE: Make Windows 7 free
By edge929 on 7/10/2013 10:48:03 AM , Rating: 2
I remember running XP on 128MB of RAM and thinking it was fine. At 256MB I was cooking with gas. Windows 7 on anything less than 2GB, "you're gonna have a bad time". For basic internet boxes I build for family, I put in at least 4GB for Windows 7 if I need to keep it as cheap as possible.

RE: Make Windows 7 free
By Motoman on 7/10/2013 1:02:26 PM , Rating: 2
The good news is that RAM is unbelieveably cheap these days. 4Gb for $35 or so.

The bad news is that if you had 1,000 PCs that needed to get a 4Gb upgrade, that's still $35,000.

RE: Make Windows 7 free
By Solandri on 7/10/2013 1:34:23 PM , Rating: 2
RAM for older computers generally remains the same price it was at when it was discontinued. For Core era machines, this means about $20-$40 for 1 GB. It's silly enough that I keep a stash of old memory modules I've scavenged from systems being thrown away, to use when I occasionally run across a client who insists on upgrading his old system. I usually recommend people just buy a new computer instead of trying to upgrade something that old.

When XP was current, 128 MB was usable (about equivalent to 2 GB on Win7), and 256 MB was comfortable (about equivalent to 4 GB on Win7). 512 MB was luxurious (about equivalent to 8 GB on Win7).

The problem with continuing to operate networked XP machines is that software has bloated in the last 10 years. Anti-virus software which stays resident in memory used to take 15 MB of RAM, which is not a problem if you have 256 MB. Today it consumes about 100 MB of RAM, making it a huge problem in 256 MB.

RE: Make Windows 7 free
By Motoman on 7/10/2013 2:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
RAM for older computers generally remains the same price it was at when it was discontinued.

Or more likely gets more expensive. Go try to find some EDO RAM.

RE: Make Windows 7 free
By Hairyfeet on 7/11/2013 6:26:06 PM , Rating: 2
Fraid you ain't looked at prices for SDRAM,DDR 1 and DDR 2 lately have you? The cost for discontinued RAM is pretty high unless you look into a pile somewhere and often all you'll find are the smaller chips, such as 256Mb and 512Mb DDR 1 being common and cheap while above 2Gb of DDR 2 per module and you're quickly looking at close to a c-note a pop for sticks.

Believe me friend I wish it were that easy, my gaming PC has 8GB of DDR 2 and I'd just love to max it out to 16GB but the cost of 4 4GB sticks of DDR 2 would be more than building an entire new system and just yanking my X6 sadly.

RE: Make Windows 7 free
By Motoman on 7/12/2013 12:08:37 AM , Rating: 2
DDR2: $55 for 4Gb

DDR: $38 for 2Gb


Don't whine at me about RAM prices. I bought a 64Mb (megabyte) stick once for about $500.

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