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Microsoft adds nag screens as Windows XP End of Life looms

Plus a way to check if you have Windows XP
Mon Mar 03 2014, 16:38

PC USERS running Windows XP will soon be greeted with nag screens, as Microsoft continues its campaign to get people to switch.

From 8 March, exactly one month before the 12-year old Windows XP PC operating system reaches End of Life, Windows Update will display a pop-up warning that time is running out to change. From there on, the pop-up message will reappear on the eighth of every month until the user disables the Windows Update service or upgrades the machine.

To assist customers who decide that they want to make the jump Windows 8.1 easier, PC Mover Express has been created by Laplink, which has made a version of its migration software designed specifically to allow customers to migrate their files and settings from Windows XP to a newer release of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

The download will be available from later this week. If all this leaves you bewildered, don't worry, Microsoft has you covered.

Just pop along to and you can be certain of exactly what version of Windows you are on and whether or not it is time to panic. The website includes a link to the Windows End of Life website, which offers Microsoft's advice about alternatives to Windows XP, all of which inevitably will involve giving Microsoft more money.

Microsoft has been using every trick in the book to lure the 29 percent of computer users who have been refusing to upgrade from Windows XP, and it seemingly hasn't been helping, with XP growing its market share in February. Recently, as a last ditch attempt, Microsoft suggested enlisting friends and relatives to intervene and help those who are less computer savvy.

Of course Microsoft neglects to mention that people can upgrade their computers to Linux, which is free. µ


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