Microsoft is sweetening the pot to get owners of Windows XP computers to upgrade their PCs.
They are offering $100 off when you buy a Surface or select PCs over $599 from the Microsoft website or store.
On April 8, support for XP ends. This means that there will be no more updates, patches, or technical support for the operating system rendering XP computers insecure.
Windows XP was initially released in 2001, and Microsoft has been trying to mothball Windows XP since originally setting the end-of-life date for January 31, 2009.
One of the issues with upgrading the operating system for a Windows XP computer is that the hardware may not be able to run the newer operating systems.
There are other options out there including purchasing an Apple computer, a Google based Chromebook, the iOS, Microsoft, or Android tablets, or installing one of the LINUX based operating systems like Ubuntu.
It is strongly suggested that you move off of Windows XP before April 8. However, if you choose to stay with Windows XP, we suggest you do the following:
- Update your anti-malware/anti-virus software.
Microsoft does have a free program called Microsoft Security Essentials.
However, Microsoft will stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on April 8. They will continue to release antimalware signature updates for a limited time.
- Use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or other third party web browser. The newer versions of Internet Explorer will not work with Windows XP. Google has announced that they will support Chrome on Windows XP until April 2015.
* Note that even with these steps, you will not be secure as the core operating system will have vulnerabilities.
Here’s some details on the Microsoft deal that also includes 90 days of free support and free data transfer from your Windows XP computer:
Valid 3/20/2014 until 6/15/2014, or while supplies last. Available in select Microsoft retail and online stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Offer applies to customers who make online purchase(s) with a qualifying Windows XP device, or customer who present a qualifying Windows XP device during purchase(s) in-store only. Offer valid on select PC or Surface devices priced $599 or more. Excludes Surface 2 and some PCs. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or gift cards. Not combinable with other offers. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Limit 1 per device.