Microsoft Store now offers $100 off new PCs for trading in a Windows XP machine

Just last week, Microsoft was trying to get people to upgrade their old Windows XP PC by offering them a $50 gift card to the Microsoft Store if they bought a new Windows 8.1 computer directly from the company. Now that offer has been changed, and it's definitely for the better.

Today, Microsoft revealed that people who either buy a new PC online from a Windows XP machine or trade in their old XP rig physically to a Microsoft Store retail location will get $100 off a new Windows 8.1 computer priced at $599 or higher. Yes, that means no awkward $50 gift card anymore; customers will simply save some money with this revised offer.

This change still includes 90 days of free phone, chat and sales support for the new PC from Microsoft. The online offer still has a link to the previously announced free file transfer tool to move any Windows XP content off the old computer to a new Windows 8.1 product. This new savings deal will end on June 15th, but keep in mind that Windows XP support officially ends on April 8th.

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John, as this offer only applies to the purchase of a new computer with Windows 8, it's not attractive to me.

Do you know if Microsoft is offering a discount of any amount on the purchase of a Windows 8 license for users to install on their XP computers?

$100 is an insult and is not a sensible incentive to upgrade. I would like to see a new pc @50-75% off in price if you bring your old XP pc in or offer a new barebones pc if you bring your old xp pc in and pay $25-$35 in addition(for those with a tight budget). These corp jerks are only slapping us in the face with these ridiculous offers. Offer more and sure but if not then no way. That $50 offer was a serious insult before.

Why do you think they have a 50-75% discount margin? It's not a "clearance sale", or something specific only to older models. Margins on computers are very thin, computer stores live mostly on sales of accessories or services.

soldier1st said,
I would like to see a new pc @50-75% off in price if you bring your old XP pc in or offer a new barebones pc if you bring your old xp pc in and pay $25-$35 in addition(for those with a tight budget).

I "inherited" a bunch of dinosaur XP based Pent-D's with 512MB and 40G drives from a client that aren't even worth the gas to take to a scrap yard... I should be able to get 50%-75% off of a new system with that junk? The hardware manufacturer's will loooove that. I wonder if I can bring in a 79 Chevette to a dealer and get 75% off of a new Lexus while I'm at it.

Just at a retail store and for Windows-8? If so, that smacks of "tease." If MS is serious, it would be available against the purchase of any MS OS--Windows-7 family or Windows-8.

I'd like to see them do this online thru builders like Dell. You order a new PC with Win7 or Win8 and provide a product key of an old WinXP machine and get $100 or more off the price.

norseman said,
I would imagine a few of these machines have a pirated copy of XP.

You are right but it will be still win situation for MS as they will be selling legitimate copy of their OS. So in some sense they will get XP user off from Market share and will able to make some money as well which they wouldn't if they don't allow people to get credit for their unpaid XP version.

On another thought, it is quite evident that many people buy computer from retail which comes preinstalled windows flavor. So even if they pirate for some different version of OS, MS already made some money selling their OS when people bought their hardware. So the effect of piracy is less significant in that case.

Many people with pirated XP, Vista and Win7 took advantage of the Win8 upgrade offers. MS didn't complain for obvious reasons.

I wonder how many people that are still running XP on their main machine are going to spend more than $500 for a new Windows-based computer.

You can get branded desktops in the $300 range with Win8.1 easy, and even less if you shop around or get one assembled, especially with lower end hardware that's completely adequate for most users.

I think best thing for MS to do is to tell Win 7 license for $15 for XP users. I can see too many absolutely fine computer going in landfill. May be they can help many people to upgrade their RAM to minimum requirement of Win 7 and it should solve the purpose.

The general user of XP computers these days probably has no idea what RAM is, let alone how to upgrade it (even with help). For them improving specs to install a new OS is just unthinkable. They'd either keep using that PC or buy a new one.

Stop complaining about $100. It's a fair price. Most computers that come with XP OS are darn old already. You are lucky even if you can sell them.

VictorWho said,
Just $100...that's it? That's a joke.

Offering 50% (like what leesmithg said) is the best way to go.

Lol and why should they do that? If your computer is that old $100 is more than it's worth.

You could always put your old XP machine up for sale on Ebay if you think it is worth more.

Unless you really think Microsoft should give you $850 off a $1,700 Toshiba Kirabook for trading in your sweet XP desktop.

VictorWho said,
Just $100...that's it? That's a joke.

Offering 50% (like what leesmithg said) is the best way to go.

You must not have a job, otherwise you'd be able to tell this is a great deal.

He is obviously smoking pot, looking for handouts and blaming the world for his problems.

Mind you, smoking pot is great. Can we get this guy a job?

It's a nice gesture, but making the offer in physical stores means that you're not covering your whole userbase, making the gesture nice but the point meaningless.

leesmithg said,
50% is what should be offered.

If a computer is so old and almost worthless in the current market, $100 sounds just fine.
50% is a bit unreasonable to expect.

leesmithg said,
50% is what should be offered.

They should be FREE! With rainbows and unicorns included!

How dare they stop supporting a 13 year old OS? HOW DARE THEY!!!

I went to a house to setup a new machine last night. She bought a new Windows 7 machine from HP because her old computer had XP. Well I get there and see that the computer on the floor looks just lie the one she bought. I could also see the one on the floor had a Windows 7 sticker.

She said "my old computer had XP". I said... "umm.. no your current machine has Windows 7". I checked the specs of her current machine. It was a dual core with 6GB of ram and it ran great.

I told her "at this point this would be a new machine just for the sake of a new machine. "

So she was going to return it and get the $600 back.

Wow, that was good. By my estimation, using the ratio of people who have PCs, I would say 1 in 867,500 even have a clue which operating system is running on their machine.

lol. that's a real world computer user to all the fictitious nincompoops on neowin - those who don't switch simply don't care as long as they can used it. those who care enough to switch don't know what they are doing.

She then was wondering were she got the idea she had XP on her current machine. So then she thinks it must be from work where all of their machines still have XP.

warwagon said,
I went to a house to setup a new machine last night. She bought a new Windows 7 machine from HP because her old computer had XP. Well I get there and see that the computer on the floor looks just lie the one she bought. I could also see the one on the floor had a Windows 7 sticker.

She said "my old computer had XP". I said... "umm.. no your current machine has Windows 7". I checked the specs of her current machine. It was a dual core with 6GB of ram and it ran great.

I told her "at this point this would be a new machine just for the sake of a new machine. "

So she was going to return it and get the $600 back.

Should have offered her $100 for it :p I kid, good thing you did there, certainly saved her a few bob...

warwagon said,
I went to a house to setup a new machine last night. She bought a new Windows 7 machine from HP because her old computer had XP. Well I get there and see that the computer on the floor looks just lie the one she bought. I could also see the one on the floor had a Windows 7 sticker.

She said "my old computer had XP". I said... "umm.. no your current machine has Windows 7". I checked the specs of her current machine. It was a dual core with 6GB of ram and it ran great.

I told her "at this point this would be a new machine just for the sake of a new machine. "

So she was going to return it and get the $600 back.

Yeah but when we use XP instead of the also obsolete 7 WE are called crazy and idiots

Just to a retail store location? Seems they should partner with other retail stores to make this more widespread. Limited MS stores out there so this wont reach a lot of people.

Cool they are offering $100 a new system tho but if people cannot afford to upgrade to XP now, they wont be able to afford the new system.

techbeck said,
if people cannot afford to upgrade to XP now
Wow, they're using even older OSes? Some people are crazy!

Romero said,
Wow, they're using even older OSes? Some people are crazy!

You knew what I meant. Was a typo on my part that I couldnt fix.

techbeck said,

You knew what I meant. Was a typo on my part that I couldnt fix.

Heh, yeah, just kidding a bit. Forgot to add a smiley there. :) You're of course right though, indigent people won't be buying new computers obviously. The offer is meant to be an incentive for people looking to upgrade, and may perhaps entice someone who's borderline in terms of funds and who can afford it with the rebate.

Romero said,
Heh, yeah, just kidding a bit. Forgot to add a smiley there. :) You're of course right though, indigent people won't be buying new computers obviously. The offer is meant to be an incentive for people looking to upgrade, and may perhaps entice someone who's borderline in terms of funds and who can afford it with the rebate.

No worries...

I would be great if MS would partner with say, Best Buy, to offer the same deal on a broader scale. And maybe they will.