Microsoft Store offers $50 gift card with select new PCs to help ditch Windows XP

With Microsoft planning to stop all updates and support for Windows XP in less than a month, the company is trying to get consumers who have yet to make the switch to purchase a new PC or tablet with Windows 8.1 with some new incentives.

In a new promotion on the Microsoft Store website, the company is offering people a free $50 gift card with the purchase of a new Windows 8.1 PC or a tablet from a pre-selected group of products. Some of the devices are already on sale, such as the 32GB Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet for just $229 and the Asus VivoBook X200CA-9BCT touchscreen notebook for $279.

In addition to the $50 Microsoft Store gift card, anyone who purchases one of these PCs will get 90 days of free phone, chat and sales support. The site also has a link to the previously announced free file transfer tool to move any Windows XP content to a new Windows 8.1 product.

Windows XP will receive its last security patches and updates on April 8th, over 12 years since the OS launched in the fall of 2001. Many people and businesses still use XP-based PCs around the world. The latest estimates from Net Applications claims that nearly 30 percent of all PCs worldwide have Windows XP installed.

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Now that's a good idea, most people will be buying a new computer instead of upgrading their old one. If only they offered some trade-in deal to facilitate PC recycling.

soldier1st said,
$50 bucks is an insult. Offer way more of an incentive than that and offer win7 at a big discount. No win8 please.

Windows 7 isn't being sold much anymore. Those who want Windows 7 have it by now. And, of course they should offer Windows 8.

I've been suggesting this ever since the EOL was announced! But c'mon MS - $50 bucks, really! You could create a huge demand for new hardware that is currently sitting on shelves if you upped the ante as well as moving people over to W8 ....

Should have just made Windows 8 more like xp/7 and you wouldnt have to be pushing everyone to switch so much - especially in the early days when 8 was cheap.

techbeck said,
This has to do with end of support, not how the OS looks. Why MS is pushing for people to ditch XP.

And people don't want to ditch XP because how Windows 8 looks.

techbeck said,
This has to do with end of support, not how the OS looks. Why MS is pushing for people to ditch XP.

There gonna have to do alot more for users to ditch xp.

Just let us buy Windows 8 for that price ... SOME computer can actually handle it. Especially the Core 2 systems running XP with 2GB of ram.

I've tried installing Windows 8 on several older XP "vista capable" machines (with 2GB memory upgrades) and setup fails or if it manages to install there are no compatible video drivers. Windows 7 always install just fine and runs beautifully.

Windows 8 and drivers are the biggest nightmare on earth...
My usb 3.0 drivers don't work on it either while it still worked on windows 7 and 8.0, they totally ruined legacy driver support on 8.1 D:

There are a lot of good things about windows 8 but the windows 8.1 update really made it only worse by dropping so much legacy support for hardware...

If you install windows 8.0 instead of 8.1 you will see that the drivers work perfect just like on windows 7 but in windows 8.1 it's all horror.

Seahorsepip said,
Windows 8 and drivers are the biggest nightmare on earth...
My usb 3.0 drivers don't work on it either while it still worked on windows 7 and 8.0, they totally ruined legacy driver support on 8.1 D:

There are a lot of good things about windows 8 but the windows 8.1 update really made it only worse by dropping so much legacy support for hardware...

If you install windows 8.0 instead of 8.1 you will see that the drivers work perfect just like on windows 7 but in windows 8.1 it's all horror.


Forcing the 8.1 update before a user could use the pc is totally wrong. it was working fine before. MS is known to be very pushy.

soldier1st said,

Forcing the 8.1 update before a user could use the pc is totally wrong. it was working fine before. MS is known to be very pushy.

They shouldn't have made the 8.1 update in the first place, I don't mind the UI updates in it but the backend is totally messed up...

>>I've tried installing Windows 8 on several older XP "vista capable" machines (with 2GB memory upgrades) and setup fails or if it manages to install there are no compatible video drivers. Windows 7 always install just fine and runs beautifully.

I've installed Windows 8.1 32-bit on a 2006 Dell E310 with 1GB of RAM and the regular Patch Tuesday updates with no setup problems. I plan on installing Windows 8.1 on Dell GX280 and see how that fares.

Maybe I was being too ambitious with trying to install Windows 8.1 64bit, might try the 32 bit version. What is also annoying is auto activation wasting one of my keys when I need time to see if the install is viable before I decide to keep it.