Feeds

Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

XP-ocalypse death dialog could confuse the heck out of Grandpa

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

Microsoft will give Windows XP users one final warning that their operating system is about to go feral.

Redmond's been talking up the death of XP for two years, but will now use the operating system itself to put the news of the software’s demise right in the face of every single user with the dialog box below.

Microsoft's dialog box announcing the death of Windows XP

That message will appear on all XP desktops on March 8th, Microsoftie Alex Guy reveals in a blog post.

Guy writes the appearance of the dialog shows “we’re continuing to focus on ensuring everyone is aware of the deadline and their options to remain secure and supported.”

The link in the dialog takes one to the Windows XP End of Support website, where Microsoft tells you to either upgrade your PC to Windows 8.1 or consider buying a new one.

Credit where it's due: Microsoft is making the effort. It's also forged struck up "a partnership with Laplink to make available a new free tool, allowing individuals to easily copy files and settings from a Windows XP PC to a device running Windows 7 or newer."

On the downside, both the dialog and site also look like they have the potential to confuse less-than-technical users, making lots of extra work for Reg readers who find themselves pressed into unpaid domestic sysadmin duties.

Whatever happens April 8th and subsequent days are going to be the most interesting times in IT since January 1st, 2000. And we all know how that worked out. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?
Google's app permissions far too lax – security firm survey
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
OpenWRT gets native IPv6 slurping in major refresh
Also faster init and a new packages system
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.