With the deadline for the end of Windows XP support little more than a month away, Microsoft is teaming up with Laplink to help XP users move their data, settings and applications when investing in a new Windows PC.
Microsoft said it has partnered with Laplink to provide users still running the ageing platform with a free data-migration tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP. The deal also sees Laplink offering XP users a discounted price on a second tool, PCmover Professional, which can also migrate applications as well.
The move was announced on Microsoft's Windows Experience Blog, where the firm said that the English language version of PCmover Express will be available as a free download later this week via WindowsXP.com. Versions in other languages will follow later.
PCmover Express copies the user's files and settings over a network connection from their Windows XP PC to a new system running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, including documents, music, videos, email and user profiles and settings.
For users who wish to transfer installed applications, Laplink is making available its PCmover Professional at a special price of £15.95 for UK customers, discounted from the standard price of £41.95. This version also comes with a high-speed transfer cable that directly links the two systems via their Ethernet ports to effect the migration, if you buy the boxed edition. If you choose to download instead, you can get the cable for £5.95 extra plus postage.
From 8 March, Microsoft will also begin notifying XP users that support for Windows XP will end on 8 April 2014. The message will appear as an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update.
The firm is also operating a website for users who are unsure of which version of Windows they are using. By pointing their browser at AmIRunningXP.com, they will be informed if their PC is running on Windows XP or a newer version of Windows such as Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
If it detects Windows XP, the website provides guidance on how to upgrade ahead of the end of support deadline, Microsoft said.
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