Microsoft Offers Windows XP Users Free Access to Data Migration Tool

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Windows XP is right now the fastest growing Windows O.S. in terms of market share

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/05/windows_xp_market_share_grows_again/

Think of the profits Microsoft is throwing away to kill their most popular O.S. simply because XP was not designed from the ground up as a Gov't sponsored spyware platform

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Drivers. Peripherals.

That's what keeps a business tied to an older operating system. Microsoft fails to "encourage" companies to write new drivers for older hardware, maintaining operability on new operating systems.

The planned obsolescence of perfectly viable hardware is a steaming load of shit foisted upon consumers by greedy corporate fucktards.

Think of the polar bears, bitches!

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iheartpcs

Apparently, most readers of this website are happy that MS is run on corporate greed and doesn't care about the average user.

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zanzibar

Don't fall for it. Its a ruse to erase your hard drive so you have to buy a new PC (and pay for another W8 license). It's a two-fer as far as they're concerned.

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hornfire3

Bullwinkle would not be happy to hear about this.

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PCWolf

If people want to use XP, they should be allowed to. Windows 7 only runs OK on dual cores & UP, & Windows 8 sucks the ballz. I haven an Old Dell 9100 Laptop & that thing can only run XP. Windows 7 makes it chug.

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Granite

I wasn't aware that people were not "allowed" to run XP. Is there some kind of law or something?

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CoreLogicCom

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/convert-windows-xp-into-a-windows-7-virtual-machine-with-disk2vhd/

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fangzter

Why not let Laplink offer something for free? They are in the same area as Microsoft.

This is the good 'ol boy network between them...

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KLund1

It would be nice if MS would show us a way to take a real machine and be able to visualize it as it currently stands on the HDD(SDD)
From What I understand, which is not enough, VM's can't handle real drivers from a real machine.
Just a thought.

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iheartpcs

Imagine if car companies stopped fixing cars after 10 years or so, and forced their users to buy new cars.

Microsoft doesn't have to imagine it. They just do it.

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Renegade Knight

Car makers actually do limit the support they provide their cars. They only promise to provide parts and such for a minimum of 10 years.

Since they sell the parts and sell service they will keep it up beyond 10 years if it's profitable.

Microsoft doesn't charge for their ongoing support (meaning tweaks and patches they never did support jack).

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big_montana

And just imagine it Apple stopped support of OS x 8 or 9 and forced their users to purchase a new computer every couple of years to get the newest features, oh wait they do. Never mind.

MS at least supports more versions of their OS than Apple who only will provide support for the current OS plus the preceding 2 versions. OS X 10.9.2 was released last week week means only 10.8 and 10.7 are now supported, anything else you are SOL. Look at MS, they are supporting Win 8.x, Win 7, Vista, 2000, XP not to mention who knows how many server versions, yet you complain about one legacy OS that released in 2001 that does not support modern features in current OS's, such as SSD drives with Trim. So tell me again why would you still want to use such an old antiquated out of date OS?

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Engelsstaub

Nobody is forced to buy a new Macintosh every couple of years due to OS obsolescence. My MBP shipped years ago with Snow Leopard (which is just now losing support after three subsequent OSes.) It was upgraded to 10.9 "Mavericks" for free.

....but I agree that Microsoft shouldn't have to support XP indefinitely. People are lucky they've supported it for this long.

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Arnulf

I don't think M$ supports Windows 2000 any longer.

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iheartpcs

I never said I did, fool.

Do you ever actually read the comments that you respond to? Or do you just look for reasons to blather on about stuff no one cares about? Apple? I didn't even mention Apple but that's the basis of your argument?

I don't know why I even post here. You guys are all basement dwelling, power users who are completely out of touch with 99% of PC users.

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Carlidan

"Imagine if car companies stopped fixing cars after 10 years or so, and forced their users to buy new cars.

Microsoft doesn't have to imagine it. They just do it."

Hmmmm... let me see... This article is about microsoft offering a tool to migrate away from XP because it ending support soon. And your analogy is basically bitching about a company ending support of said product.

Is that what your trying to say? I'm just guessing. If so, then the latter analogies does apply to your comment. If you don't get them, that's not their fault, it's yours.

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iheartpcs

I don't have a problem with ending support, it's just too early.

1 in 3 PC's is XP. Simply put, MS is doing it to force people to buy new windows. 6 months from now they will be telling us what a success Win 8 is and how people are "embracing it".

Gee, I wonder why.

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Carlidan

Too early? It's been fucking 12 years!!!! You don't even have to update to Win8. You can still upgrade to Vista, if you can find a copy or win 7 if you hate win8. But don't tell me it's too early.

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PCWolf

99% of PC users are morons, yet still smarter than 99% of the averages Apple user. I find that funny.

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Engelsstaub

Hey...the only time I'm even in the basement is when I'm doing laundry or bringing up or storing the AC for the season. (You're probably right about the "out-of-touch" part though. 95% of computer users need to take their shit to Best Buy to get rid of malware that they basically put on their computers themselves.)

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PCWolf

correct

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riopato

Of course, Microsoft could've continued full support of windows XP and window's easy transfer software in order to migrate XP users over to windows 8.1. Dropping windows XP migration using easy transfer in windows 8.1 is not only dumb, but a sure fire way to keep users to stick with whatever operating system they are using. The absence of easy transfer over network also made my transition to with wiindows 8.1 an event I wouldn't consider doing again.

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Random

Now if we can get Microsoft to offer Windows 8.x users free access to PCmover Express to help people upgrade to Windows 7...

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PCWolf

This

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Innomasta

That's very nice of Microsoft