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We know that you ask yourself on a daily basis, "Is this machine running Windows XP?" If you find yourself pondering this question late at night and wish there were an easy answer to this question, Microsoft has your solution.

Microsoft has launched AmIRunningXP.com, which, as the name implies, will tell you if your computer is running Windows XP. While this is obviously a simple question, it could provide useful information for an uneducated user to see if his or her machine is running the outdated operating system. If nothing else, it’s a bit of fun for Microsoft to help spread the message that Windows XP will soon being going away and now is the time to move to a modern platform.

The good news is that if you have been holding off as you dreaded thinking about moving your documents to a new machine, Microsoft will be releasing a free migration tool to make that process much easier. If the website and migration tool weren’t enough, Microsoft will soon introduce a nag screen for those individuals who are still running XP to warn them of the upcoming end of support for the platform.

You can’t fault Microsoft for doing nearly everything in its power to get users to move off of the decade old operating system. With April 8 quickly approaching, you better get you plans in motion if you're a Windows XP user, as you will soon be using an unsupported platform.

I thought this was funny. So, are you running Windows XP?
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Other upgrade from windows Xp news
Microsoft to start nagging Windows XP users about upgrading on March 8th

Microsoft's free Windows XP transfer tool leaves you no excuses for not upgrading
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Microsoft will be releasing a free tool that is designed to help you move from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8/8.1 ahead of the April 8th cutoff date for Windows XP support. The tool will provide Windows XP users with a simple way to transfer all of your personal files and settings from your Windows XP machine to something a bit more modern.

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Hmm...so what if I go there on my Gentoo laptop?
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Hmm...so what if I go there on my Gentoo laptop?

better yet, what about and even older version of Windows, say 2000 or 98
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"please buy windows 8, plz omg"
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Hmm...so what if I go there on my Gentoo laptop?

better yet, what about and even older version of Windows, say 2000 or 98

I actually have a laptop with Win98 on it at home...I it use for playing some really old games that just don't like Win 2000 or newer. I should dust that off and give it a try.
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better yet, what about and even older version of Windows, say 2000 or 98

It still says "You are NOT running
Windows XP", it checks your os from your user agent so you can set it to Windows 3.1 and it's the same.
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better yet, what about and even older version of Windows, say 2000 or 98

It still says "You are NOT running
Windows XP", it checks your os from your user agent so you can set it to Windows 3.1 and it's the same.

I was going to give that a try too. I figured that was how they were determining the version. I just don't know if Win98 had the registry pieces for that.

But microsoft...you're no fun...they should have done something special for the older Windows versions.
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It still says "You are NOT running
Windows XP", it checks your os from your user agent so you can set it to Windows 3.1 and it's the same.

aww, well that's pretty lazy of them if its really no different

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But microsoft...you're no fun...they should have done something special for the older Windows versions.

yeah I was hoping the same thing
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If you or a company hasn't upgraded by this point, I'm hoping you're saying "oh crap, oh crap, oh crap!"

A month should be plenty of time for helping the grandparents move off of XP and onto a new computer. A corporation that has 1000's of computers that could still be running XP, well, they're screwed at this point. As long as there's an Internet connection, XP is going to become very vulnerable, even if you have the most advanced firewall. I know that health care companies, which are usually the last to be updated, are now getting notifications from their software providers about no longer supporting XP.

I don't know if it's the money holders or IT folks, possibly both, that have prevented some companies from upgrading. Well, what's going to happen after April 8, should be an interesting show to watch.
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