Support for Windows XP will end in less than two months, and if you know of family members or friends who are still running the legacy operating system, Microsoft has some tips. In a recent blog post, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc suggested ways you can help your loved ones rid themselves of Windows XP before support officially ends on April 8, 2014. One of those ways is to upgrade their PCs to Windows 8.1.
Provided they meet the minimum system requirements -- 1GHz or faster processor, 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit) of RAM, 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit) of HDD space, and a DX9 or above GPU with WDDM driver -- Microsoft suggests downloading and running the Windows Upgrade Assistant on their PCs and then making the switch.
If that doesn't work out, LeBlanc's next tip is to "get a new PC," plain and simple as that.
"We hope that this end of support page for Windows XP on Windows.com and all the resources there is helpful to you and can be something you can use to help your friends and family get off Windows XP," LeBlanc states. "As we get close to April 8th, we’ll continue to publish blog posts about the latest offers on new devices and resources for to help people get off Windows XP."
In case you haven't heard, after April 8, Microsoft will no longer provide updates to Windows XP, nor will technical support be available. Though this has been know for some time, a large number of users continue to cling to the legacy OS -- Net Applications figures some 29 percent of all desktops are running XP, while Stat Counter says it's about 18 percent.