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Just how desperate is Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to get customers to relinquish their death grip on its nearly decade-and-a-half old operating system, Windows XP?  It's now offering customers $100 USD to get rid of their old Windows XP PC -- although some restrictions do apply.
 
The caveat is that you have to trade in your computer at a Microsoft Store, and you have to buy a new Windows 8.1 machine that costs $599 USD or more (limiting the maximum discount is roughly 16 percent).
 
The good news is that most of the laptops and desktops at Microsoft stores are relatively new, so it's unlikely that Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), Newegg, and other online retailers will be able to offer a better deal, on average.
 
Microsoft has previously offered a $50 USD gift card for those who traded in XP machines.  By contrast the new deal is simply a direct discount, redeemable instantly off your purchase.

Windows 8.1 discount

The initiative won't likely do Microsoft any great favors financially, given that it already was rumored to have cut Windows 8.1 licensing fees on low cost machines from $50 USD to $15 USD (which would indicate an $85 USD loss on the current deal, if accurate).  But the deal isn't quite that bad for Microsoft as it creates goodwill with its OEM allies who are grumbling about the impact of poor Windows 8.x sales on their bottom line.  Plus Windows 8 comes with the Windows Store, and Microsoft gets a cut of app revenue
 
Windows 8.1 has been met with tepid casual consumer and enthusiast response, outside of tablet devices, which seem to perform quite well with the new Metro user interface.  Microsoft has promised for a second time to repair Windows 8 for non-touch devices with the Windows 8.1 Update 1 and future follow-ups later this year.
 
Windows XP computers are still found in vast quantities in many parts of the world.  While they're now in the minority in the U.S., Microsoft's figures suggest that when the April termination of support for the platform rolls around 65 percent of users in China -- the world's most populous nation -- will still be using Windows XP.  Unfortunately there's not enough $100 USD discounts to solve that dilemma.

Source: Microsoft Store



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By sparkuss on 3/21/2014 3:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't reloaded an old Laptop to Win7 because it can only run 2gb max ram. But I don't see $100 discount off of $599+ making me throw away a perfectly good 17" laptop.

Wouldn't they get some mileage out of recycling/discounting software as well?




By Fritzr on 3/22/2014 3:36:46 AM , Rating: 3
The RAM requirement for Vista and later is 1GB minimum and 2GB recommended. No need to throw the old laptop away, just install a newer version of Windows.

Old versions of software are less dangerous than an internet connected OS that has known security flaws and a no update policy.

Upgrade to Win7 and add the WinXP VM ... download that now before that offer expires and put it on the laptop after upgrading to Win7. That way you can still use the old XP software that doesn't like 7, while still enjoying the security of a supported OS.

In other news, major botnet infestations have been identified as being hosted by old unpatched & unsupported Linux installations. So don't feel that XP is being unfairly picked on, this is a known security problem for the internet as a whole.


By Silver2k7 on 3/25/2014 5:38:39 AM , Rating: 2
"The RAM requirement for Vista and later is 1GB minimum and 2GB recommended. No need to throw the old laptop away, just install a newer version of Windows."

Things like that is what most people complained about.. Vista with 4GB RAM isnt too bad, 8GB is probably more optimal.

There is a 2GB WinXp computer at work its slow as ***k.
of course the CPU probably have something to do with it also.


By ppi on 3/22/2014 6:20:26 PM , Rating: 2
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But I don't see $100 discount off of $599+ making me throw away a perfectly good 17" laptop.

You just nailed the reason of poor PC sales (incl. notebooks).

You can run Vista on 2gb RAM (albeit slowly), so Win8 (which is much more efficient) should be able to handle it reasonably.


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