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It’s the end of the line for Windows XP. Microsoft is planning to use pop-up warnings to remind users to upgrade and it could start as soon as next week. Windows XP will end its 12-year successful run on April 8th and Microsoft wants the considerable number of users to shift over to more modern versions of its operating system. The pop-up notifications will be enabled from March 8th following the monthly patch cycle of Windows Update.
Pop-ups will continue to be displayed on the 8th of every month unless users tick the “don’t show this message again” option. Running an unsupported operating system is a security risk for organizations and individuals still on it. A free transfer tool called PCmover Express is designed to copy files, music, videos, emails, user profiles, and settings from an old PC to a new one running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. Microsoft has partnered with Laplink to create the tool. It will be available for download from this month onwards at WindowsXP.com.
Microsoft has also launched a second website for the less tech savvy. The End of Service site simply lets confused users know if they are (or not) running Windows XP. It also encourages them to take a tour of the latest OS from Microsoft.
These are simple support acts from Microsoft as one of its most popular efforts rides into the sunset. It will represent a significant step-up for users still on the old Windows XP platform to embrace the radical re-design of Windows 8.1. Are you one of them?
Source: The Verge