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Windows XP Game Over: 9 Upgrade Options

Some of you don't want to say goodbye to Windows XP any more than you wanted to retire the Atari. But support ends on April 8: We break down your best upgrade options.
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anon7520925202
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3/25/2014 | 12:22:00 PM
Microsoft shooting self in foot
With the popularity of XP, Microsoft is shooting the whole world in the foot for not maintaining updates, and virus protection for XP.  With XP computers accessing and co-mingling with Windows 7 and 8 systems XP offers a barn door for access to those systems as well.
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3/25/2014 | 12:10:13 PM
Re: Where to buy Windows 7?
As the story mentions, it's still possible to buy an OEM license. I found them on NewEgg.
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3/25/2014 | 12:08:00 PM
Re: XP to Linux
Thanks for that link, David. I think Linux is a terrific alternative for machines that would otherwise go into landfills.
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3/25/2014 | 12:06:00 PM
Re: Where to buy Windows 7?
Lots of system builder Windows 7 licenses are available online. They don't entitle you to the normal customer support you'd get with a new PC, or with a Windows 8.1 license, however-- so be sure to read the fine print before purchasing. Also, in early April, Microsoft is expected to release a Windows 8.1 update that will make the OS more usable on non-touch hardware. I'd expect to hear details at Build-- that is, a few days before XP loses support. So if you can afford to wait until the last minute, Windows 8.1 might become more viable.
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3/25/2014 | 12:03:14 PM
XP to Linux
Sometime InformationWeek contributor Ellis Booker has built a side business around helping consumers and businesses make the jump to Linux, rather than sending their old PCs to the landfill. Check out YourHomeLinux.
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3/25/2014 | 12:02:15 PM
Where to buy Windows 7?
Is there any way to buy Windows 7 without buying an entirely new PC?   My old one works fine but doesn't have a touch screen so it is not suitable for Windows 8.1.  Anybody selling old Win 7 licenses?

 
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