Windows XP may have been one of the most popular desktop OS iterations to come out of Microsoft, but it too has come to its end. The company has been trying hard to get XP users to switch, preferably to Windows 8, however it hasn’t been a smooth ride. Some users simply don’t want to switch because XP works for them, but they could be left vulnerable to possible security threats once Microsoft ends support for XP. To inform users about the cutoff date, Microsoft will now being notifying them through pop-up notifications.
All users running Home or Professional versions of Windows XP as well as those who have been downloading updates for the iteration through Windows Update will receive a pop-up notification on their desktops. The notifications will contain a link to Microsoft’s Windows XP end-of-support website as well as the April 8 cutoff date. Users will be notified that no security updates or fixes will be released for XP after the aforementioned date.
Users will have the option to disable notifications, if they don’t, they will continue to be reminded via notifications on the 8th of every month until they disable the notifications. To make the pain of switching a bit easier, the company is offering a tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP free. It will copy files and settings from a PC to a new PC running on Windows 7 or higher.