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Extended support for Windows XP expired in April 2014
Windows XP: What's Happening To It Now?
Windows XP may be dead, but it's not yet gone. Over 27% of computers connected to the Internet still run Windows XP. Here's exactly what "end of support" means for Windows XP systems.
. Yet Microsoft’s longest running operating system
Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined
Think Microsoft is letting Windows XP die too soon? You're not alone. Many think this is a cash grab. What if I told you Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever?
still hogs roughly 16% of the global operating system market share. Many users apparently enjoy the eXPerience
How to Get a Windows XP Download Free From Microsoft, Legally
Microsoft gives away Windows XP downloads for free, provided you use a virtual machine. This article explains how.
and don’t see a need to upgrade their operating system
Upgrade From Windows XP to a Modern OS in 7 Simple Steps
It's time to say goodbye! Microsoft is ending official support for Windows XP on April 8 2014. Are you at risk? If you are still running this ancient operating system, it's time to upgrade.
while the hardware is still running.
If you’re reading this on a Windows XP computer, you probably realize that it’s no longer safe to run Windows XP. While you can still get security updates through a hack (see below), support for most Windows XP applications, including anti-malware tools and browsers will expire this year. It’s time to switch. Really!
Many of you want to avoid Windows 8. Windows 10, which will be released this summer
When Does Windows 10 Come Out, How Can You Get It & What Happens to the Technical Preview?
Windows 10 is coming soon. Still confused about how the upgrade will work and wondering about the timeline? We have some answers, although more questions remain.
, may be too daring for a while. Thus upgrading to Windows 7 is a good intermediate solution, especially since the upgrade to Windows 10
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update
Windows 10 is offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. When you're ready to upgrade, you can use Windows Update and keep all your installed programs and settings intact.
will be free for the first year after its official release for anyone with a valid Windows 7 license. An upgrade to Windows 7 not only increases security, it also buys you time to consider Windows 10.
Is Your Hardware Compatible?
A cheap Windows 7 license may be tempting, but before you snatch an offer, be sure your old Windows XP system can actually run Windows 7.
Minimum Winodws 7 hardware requirements:
1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
The easy way to find out whether or not your hardware meets those criteria and also whether you’ll be able to run your software under Windows 7, is to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (our Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor guide
How To Use Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor To Check PC Compatibility
). Note that some tools to check for software compatibility, such as the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, may no longer be available since they have been updated for Windows 8.1.
Obtain a Cheap Windows 7 License
As of January this year, Windows 7 is on extended support, which will last until January 2020. Meanwhile, Microsoft is phasing out license sales for Windows 7
Microsoft Retires Windows 7: This Is How You Can Still Get A Copy
Windows 7 Home and Ultimate editions have been retired. If you want to get a computer without Windows 8.1, your options are limited. We have compiled them for you.
. At this point, OEMs may only distribute Windows 7 Professional licenses and they may not sell them to end users. This is making it much harder to get your hands on a legal Windows 7 license
4 Cheap Ways To Obtain A Legal Copy Of Windows 7
It seems like Microsoft is hitting the nail with Windows only every other version. Windows 7 was one of them. Thing is, Microsoft doesn't sell Windows 7 anymore. Here are your options.
You may, however, find second hand Windows 7 licenses
Windows 7 Editions Explained In Simple Terms
for as little as 30 Dollars. We recommend being extra careful before making a purchase because you don’t want to end up with a copy that isn’t genuine
How To Make Your Windows 7 PC Genuine Again After a Hardware Upgrade
"Your activation period has expired. You must activate Windows." Triggered by a hardware upgrade or following a fresh installation, this is Microsoft's way of ensuring you use Windows according to its licensing terms.
. Here are some of the more trustworthy resources for buying Windows license keys
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, as well as a list of what to avoid.
Upgrade to Windows 7
Once you have a license, you are ready to upgrade to Windows 7
Upgrade To Windows 7: Requirements & Installation Tips
. Unfortunately, you will have to start from scratch, i.e. format your hard drive and install Windows 7 using installation media
How to Make a Bootable CD/DVD/USB to Install Windows
Need installation media to reinstall Windows? Our tips show you how to create a bootable CD, USB, or DVD with an ISO from scratch.
Before you proceed with the installation, back up your data
The Windows Backup and Restore Guide
Disasters happen. Unless you're willing to lose your data, you need a good Windows backup routine. We'll show you how to prepare backups and restore them.
to an external drive or a separate partition on your hard drive. When you’re ready, insert your Windows 7 installation media, make sure your BIOS is set to boot from CD or USB
How to Change the Boot Order on Your PC (So You Can Boot From USB)
Learn how to change the boot order of your computer. It's important for troubleshooting issues and tweaking settings, and it's a lot easier than you think.
(how to enter the BIOS
How to Enter the BIOS on Windows 10 (And Older Versions)
To get into the BIOS, you usually press a specific key at the right time. Here's how to enter the BIOS on Windows 10.
), and follow the on-screen instructions. Here is the 5-step Windows upgrade process recommended by Microsoft.
Buy a Cheap Windows 7 Laptop
As mentioned earlier, Microsoft is retiring Windows 7, but OEMs are still selling laptops with Windows 7 pre-installed. If your hardware isn’t compatible with Windows 7, this may be the next-cheapest option to upgrade to Windows 7. And we have compiled a list of Windows 7 laptop models
Windows 7 Professional Laptops You Can Still Get Now
Windows 8 has been around since 2012, Windows 10 will be released this summer, and in 2014 Microsoft stopped distributing Windows 7 Home licenses. Now may be your last chance to get a Windows 7...
for your to consider.
Adjust to Windows 7
Windows 7 isn’t hugely different from Windows XP, but some things have certainly changed. To get settled in, consult our Windows 7 guide for ex-Windows XP users
The 2014 Guide To Windows 7 For Ex Windows XP Users
Have you finally decided to upgrade from Windows XP? You will get used to Windows 7 in no time. Let us help you settle in and get up to speed. Follow me.
. If you miss the look of your old operating system, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can make Windows 7 look like Windows XP
How To Make Windows 7 Look Like Windows XP
Some people have a hard time letting go of Windows XP. If you know someone like that, follow this tutorial and they won't even know you upgraded them to Windows 7.
If some of your apps aren’t compatible with Windows 7, run them in Windows XP Mode
How To Configure & Use Windows 7's XP Mode
and all will be good. Finally, discover little known Windows 7 features
5 Windows 7 Features You Didn't Know Existed
Windows 7 contains many little-known features. Here we highlight the more impressive ones that could boost your productivity and deepen your love for Windows 7.
For those of you who upgraded to Windows 7 via the new hardware route, know that your old Windows XP hardware has an afterlife
8 Ways You Can Still Use Your Old Windows XP Hardware
Microsoft is killing support for Windows XP this April. If you have a computer that runs Windows XP, you should seriously consider upgrading the operating system, or finding new uses for the computer's hardware.
Switch to Linux for Free
If you are not upgrading because newer Windows versions aren’t compatible with your hardware or because you can neither afford to buy a new computer, nor a cheap license, why don’t you try Linux
Why Windows XP Users Should Switch To Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr"
If you're still trying to dump Windows XP but haven't found an alternative yet, Ubuntu 14.04 is a great choice.
? It’s free, much safer, and many Linux flavors run exceptionally well on older hardware. We have even compiled the best Linux distributions for Windows XP users
The Best Linux Distributions For Windows XP Refugees
. A non-invasive way of trying out Linux
Curious About Linux? 5 Easy & No Risk Ways To Try Linux On Your Windows PC
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, is by using a LiveCD
Windows Users: Here Is Why You Need A Linux Live CD
Running Linux from USB: Are You Doing It Right?
Did you know that can keep data persistent, or even do a full install for Linux, on a USB drive? Take computing totally mobile -- stick a Linux USB PC in your pocket!
In our guide on migrating data
5 Tools To Migrate Your Data From Windows XP
Are you looking for easy ways to migrate your personal data from Windows XP to a modern operating system? It's long past time to upgrade from Windows XP and we have got you covered.
you will also find tools that are compatible with Windows XP. In case you have a spare hard drive or sufficient space on your current one, you could try to install a Linux dual boot
How to Set Up a Dual Boot Windows & Linux System with Wubi
, then move your data from one drive or partition to the other, ideally from within Linux.
Still Not Ready to Upgrade?
For those of you committed to Windows XP
5 Reasons Why You Love Windows XP & What You Sacrifice
Nearly 30% of computers are still running Windows XP. It was a stable and reliable system for years, but all good things come to an end. Almost no good reasons to keep using Windows XP...
, do make sure that your system is bulletproof
4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever
Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of...
, use a secure browser
Which Browser Is Most Secure on Your Old Windows XP System?
What is the most secure browser for Windows XP? We look at Firefox, Chrome, Opera and more to see if they are the best browsr for Windows XP.
, install the Unofficial Service Pack 4
Windows XP Update: More Tools To Keep You Safe
Windows XP Unofficial Service Pack 4 provides a quick way to apply updates released since SP1. RollBack XP offers an easy system restore feature and you can even deep freeze your installation via scheduled tasks.
, and (at your own risk) apply the registry hack that will make Windows XP receive free security updates until 2019. Be advised though that despite all this, Windows XP isn’t secure.
What makes you appreciate Windows XP so much or why are you reluctant to upgrade? And if you are preparing to ugprade now or have recently made the switch, what convinced you and how did you do it?