Last week, I asked (perhaps rhetorically) if Microsoft’s push for people to ditch Windows XP will ever end. I suppose I can keep asking that, as Microsoft is supposed to launch a Windows XP warning popup on the 8th of March; and it’s supposed to look like the screenshot below.
Everyone knows by now that end of support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. By now, everyone also knows that Microsoft is heavily pushing its newer operating system, Windows 8.1, in spite of the low adoption rate for the latter – or perhaps “because of” is the better term. There is even talk about Microsoft working on a free version of Windows 8.1!
Guess what? A LOT of users will be seeing the Windows XP warning popup starting this weekend. According to this chart, almost 30% of Windows users are still on XP. That’s certainly not insignificant!
Back to the popup…
It will show up on every computer running on Windows XP, and it will continue to do so unless the user opts to click “don’t show this message again”. If you are hellbent on not upgrading, I suppose that’s the first thing you’ll do, right?
If, however, you are starting to realize just how serious Microsoft is serious about killing off Windows XP, and you want to make sure your migration is hassle-free (you’re using Windows, can you really expect that?), Microsoft is providing a migration tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP. In a blog post, Microsoft says:
We have partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with a free data migration tool called PCmover Expressfor Windows XP which copies your files and settings from your Windows XP PC to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. This tool will copy your files, music, videos, email and user profiles and settings from your old PC to your new device, transferring across your home or work network, and even enables Windows XP users to customize exactly what they want to bring over to their new device.
Microsoft XP users, what is your plan of action?