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Microsoft Sending Pop-Up Notifications to Windows XP Users

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Seriously, it's time to upgrade from that Windows XP machine.

On Monday, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc updated the Windows blog with news that on March 8, 2014, Windows XP customers using the Home or Professional editions will receive an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update. This popup will inform them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014, and will only alert Windows XP customers who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update.

"The notification will include a link to our Windows XP End of Support website where Windows XP users can find all the information they need on the end of support for Windows XP and what it means and how they can stay protected against security risks and viruses after April 8th," LeBlanc writes. "The notification will reoccur on the 8th of every month unless disabled by the user."

Don't know what version Windows you're running? You're in luck, as Microsoft has also launched AmIRunningXP.com. Immediately, visitors will see if they're running Windows XP or not. If so, the website provides guidance on how to upgrade ahead of the April 8th end of support deadline. There's also now a free tool that will help Windows XP users "move out" of the dying operating system.

According to LeBlanc, the company has partnered with Laplink to create PCmover Express for Windows XP, a free data migration tool. This software will copy files and settings from a Windows XP PC to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

"This tool will copy your files, music, videos, email and user profiles and settings from your old PC to your new device, transferring across your home or work network, and even enables Windows XP users to customize exactly what they want to bring over to their new device," LeBlanc writes.

PCmover Express will be made available in English later this week at WindowsXP.com. Versions in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish are coming later in March, followed by versions in Korean, Chinese, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese. Can't wait that long? Users can access Laplink's tool in other languages as well via Microsoft's Download Center.

LeBlanc also points to a tool for transferring applications from their old computer called PCmover Professional. This version of Laplink's migration tool costs $59.95 USD.

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    anort3 , March 4, 2014 5:44 PM
    I would guess the forums are about to get flooded by "help me upgrade my XP" threads then! The bad thing is that there is quite a bit of old hardware out there with no drivers for anything newer than XP.
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    m4ximel4rouche , March 4, 2014 5:47 PM
    Nooooooo!!
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    loltrol , March 4, 2014 5:56 PM
    Yea, yea, but I'm not sure if I'm running XP... thanks microsoft for your website, you just have proven that your biggest userbase is the dumbest of all OSs to date.
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    11796pcs , March 4, 2014 6:10 PM
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    Yea, yea, but I'm not sure if I'm running XP... thanks microsoft for your website, you just have proven that your biggest userbase is the dumbest of all OSs to date.
    The number of people who don't know what operating system they're running is astounding. I think the majority of Android owners know if they're running Android but 95%+ of iOS owners probably couldn't tell you they're running iOS.
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    jerm1027 , March 4, 2014 6:38 PM
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    Yea, yea, but I'm not sure if I'm running XP... thanks microsoft for your website, you just have proven that your biggest userbase is the dumbest of all OSs to date.
    The number of people who don't know what operating system they're running is astounding. I think the majority of Android owners know if they're running Android but 95%+ of iOS owners probably couldn't tell you they're running iOS.
    But how many Android users could tell you which version of the operating system they are running? Gingerbread? ICS? Jellybean? KitKat? Most of the users I know who don't root their phones honestly don't know which version they're running. I'd imagine the case is similar for Windows XP - All they know, and all they think they need to know, is that they're running Windows; the version is irrelevant to them as long as they perceive their system to work.
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    brandonjclark , March 4, 2014 6:57 PM
    M$ should just get it over with and send a brick update. Eff em all! Mua-HaHaHa!
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    Duckhunt , March 4, 2014 8:04 PM
    It would be great if Ms told them that they need to migrate to Linux ha ha. They support most of the older hardware.
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    rantoc , March 4, 2014 9:29 PM
    So their chooice is win7 who is also starting to go down the age chain or thr messed up windows 8... MS gives them a choice of short life or live longer with gonoreha. How nice!
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    Peter Rafeiner , March 4, 2014 9:56 PM
    I bet most of those XP machines are not or only marginally capable to run Win 7 or 8 from a hardware point of view. So 'upgrading' means getting a new PC too. Someone tell that to M$ !
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    danwat1234 , March 5, 2014 12:41 AM
    I wonder what the KB of the update will be, might be good to hide that update. Hopefully users can easily disable the reminders!
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    ZolaIII , March 5, 2014 1:03 AM
    As some independent survey's say that Linux usage almost doubled in 4Q of 2013 (to almost 2%).Add this to the picture & Linux usage will sky racket& as Valve Steam OS is still in beta bat Valve is also reporting 50% increase among gamers. More & more great manufacturing giants are contributing & opening to development so it's expected that hardware support will get major improvements in this year. So M$ is actually forced to free edition.
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    Spad7 , March 5, 2014 2:49 AM
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    I would guess the forums are about to get flooded by "help me upgrade my XP" threads then! The bad thing is that there is quite a bit of old hardware out there with no drivers for anything newer than XP.
    I dunno . . . Windows 7 32 bit requirements are pretty light. A PC would have to support less then 1GB of memory, or have a CPU that runs at less than 1GHZ, or have un-upgradable on-board video that does not support at least DirectX 9 with WDDM 1.0. I upgraded a PC I built 10 years ago to Windows 7 Pro 32bit, and it's doing fine. Maybe Grandma can keep her trusty PC for a while longer ;) 
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    Spad7 , March 5, 2014 2:54 AM
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    I dunno . . . Windows 7 32 bit requirements are pretty light. A PC would have to support less then 1GB of memory, or have a CPU that runs at less than 1GHZ, or have un-upgradable on-board video that does not support at least DirectX 9 with WDDM 1.0. TO NOT SUPPORT 7. I upgraded a PC I built 10 years ago to Windows 7 Pro 32bit, and it's doing fine. Maybe Grandma can keep her trusty PC for a while longer ;) 
    sorry - thought I should specify that. No edit function, I see.
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    cypeq , March 5, 2014 3:10 AM
    It's not like XP PC's will suddenly blow up to sky (that would take unlikely event of someone sitting on os breaking vulnerability).

    First and foremost danger to PC is the user... no security update will help the user that's already running virus and spyware ridden machine, because they browse and install software from untrusted sources, using some old browser.

    I dare to say that well protected (firewall/ antyvirus) with modern software, and good conduct by informed user of WinXP machine will run many more years without Microsoft service updates.

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    Yea, yea, but I'm not sure if I'm running XP... thanks microsoft for your website, you just have proven that your biggest userbase is the dumbest of all OSs to date.


    It only says that on boot screen every single time.
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    klarkmdb , March 5, 2014 4:11 AM
    Of course this will be an opportunity for malware/spyware to come up with their own fake pop-up notification of Windows XP.
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    chimera201 , March 5, 2014 5:08 AM
    I think most Windows XP users keep Windows Update OFF(since most are from developing countries and don't have good internet). The pop-up thing is useless
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    JD88 , March 5, 2014 5:16 AM
    More scare tactics from desperate Microsoft.
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