Microsoft Will Give You $100 to Get Rid of Your Windows XP PC
March 21, 2014 1:35 PM
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Just how desperate is Microsoft Corp. (
) 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. (
), 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.
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
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.
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RE: Still not affordable
3/22/2014 2:41:00 AM
Why not run it under a virtual machine? If it connects via a parallel port you can use a USB to parallel adaptor + virtual machine. I use this to play around with an old original palm pilot On my Linux install.
If you need a 16 bit isa slot then I guess you are stuck.
RE: Still not affordable
3/23/2014 12:37:42 PM
If your equipment will work with AMD stuff...I believe the Abit KT7A had one 16bit legacy slot, a couple usb ports, and even parallel and serial ports. It was quite snappy at 1.5ghz with some decent hard drives running XP and had 95/98 drivers as well. You can still find some rebuilt ones that have had the caps replaced. If you pay postage, I'll send you an old Thunderbird 1.33
I miss those days...hardware was much easier to deal with.
RE: Still not affordable
3/24/2014 4:24:46 PM
On one piece of equipment we tried to install the software on W7 and it all went great until it started asking us to insert the floppy disk with the hardware drivers on it. We tried them on a USB stick but the install software is hard coded to look for drivers in A: directories. Tried remapping the USB port to A: but that didn't even work. Maybe if we had one of the USB attached floppy drives it could be made to work, but it may also be trying to go directly to the FDC on the motherboard.
As for compatibility Agilent in the last few years just started using control software that doesn't use the WoW(Windows on Windows) process, up until then it was all using a 16bit backbone with 32bit GUI or something like that. It was essentially the original DOS/Win3.11 version of software with just enough added to make it compatible with W95/WNT4/W2K/XP and now W7. They never marked any listed as compatible with W98 or Vista. The version compatible with XP SP2 was not compatible with SP3 and it even did a check when you start up the software, and if you upgraded to SP3 it would stop working. Those were the first ones to be cut off the internet, because if they ran autoupdate it could cause us to have to completely reload the original version of Windows. Total headache those were.
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