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Old 02-21-2014, 03:34 AM   #1
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April 8, 2014 - Comunity based ultimate Microsoft Windows XP to Linux migration guide


I am surprised that there is not such a thing here already if there is, please
let me know where, as search comes up with 600 results.


There are few threads on this server asking specific question about their own setup,
but I would like to get a comprehensive guide/wiki together with the help of this community for people who are not technically / IT
literate to explain in great detail what will be the best action to take when support for Microsoft Windows XP
ends on 8th of April 2014 and what is the cost of upgrading to Microsoft product or migrating to Linux
and serve in easy to understand way to those users.


From my own experience I know that average users will wait till the last moment to solve the migration
as 3 of my family members are still running XP on their old laptops and it has been hard for me to persuade
them to do anything about it as if it works for them, they are reluctant to do anything with it at all
and that is mostly down to luck of time, since they will have to find the time to solve this why not to give them
option to make a informed choice of their next OS ....

I would be great full for post about how you persuade your family members to upgrade to Linux and what problems did you face.


I would like to get together with this community a poster (A4 / A5 size for noticeboards) and for all those who are willing to help
others in their communities/workplace with the migration or point people into the right direction (this forum

My idea of the poster is that:
1. it would have XP logo on it so it catches their attention
2. explain that XP will have no updates after 8th of April 2014 and their OS will not be secure
3. explain if they wanted to purchase upgrade from Microsoft, what would be the cost and the risk of their old hardware not being capable of running they new operating system Windows 8
4. explain that if their hardware is not capable of running Windows 8 or 7, there is a FREE alternative that does not involve purchasing new hardware
5. have QR codes there pointing to either this web or alternative websites that discuss this in greater length.
6. Highlight that upgrading their OS can be FREE if they wish to migrate to linux, but may have to invest purchasing external HDD, if not already got one to back up content of the current drive ....


I would be great full for all comments / observation you may already have with migrating from XP to Linux or Windows 7 /8
as I have only been using Debian as a user for few years on my Laptop and RaspberyPi and have not got the skills / experience to pull this on my own.

My preferred distro is Debian, but if possible at all I thing it would be good not to make this distro specific ....

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Old 02-21-2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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An interesting idea but I'm not sure how Microsoft would view it. I think you'd find their preference would be for people to upgrade to Windows 7 but preferably to Windows 8.x. They may not take kindly to posters advising an "upgrade" to Linux and associating this with LinuxQuestions.org may not be in the best interests of these forums. Possible litigation?

Comments anyone?

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Old 02-21-2014, 02:21 PM   #3
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Wink

I also have a WinXP system, and a Win98 system.
Nothing will happen except that automatic updates will no longer find any new updates.
You can turn off automatic updates then.
They will probably bug you a few times with reminders that it is no longer supported with new updates. Existing updates will stay on their web sites for some time after.

You can use WinXP for years more.

Both my systems have LILO boot to multiple Linux versions also, which I would prefer, except the email must remain on XP for now because of complications.

It is an easy way to migrate in that you don't have to think of everything at once.
The WinXP can stay around until it does not get used anymore. There are usually some programs that are simply easier to run on the XP.

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Old 02-21-2014, 02:46 PM   #4
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Hi there,

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I also have a WinXP system, and a Win98 system.
Nothing will happen except that automatic updates will no longer find any new updates.
You can turn off automatic updates then.
I have never had them turned on. I always selected appropriate updates manually, downloaded and saved them first, and then installed them. I expect a few PC magazines to publish "last chance" or "ultimate" XP updates on CDs bundled with them for the next few months. That will enable us to build a stock of updates to pick from.

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They will probably bug you a few times with reminders that it is no longer supported with new updates.
How so??

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Originally Posted by selfprogrammed View Post
You can use WinXP for years more.
Exactly.

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Old 02-21-2014, 03:21 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=marcelp1;5122135] it would have XP logo on it so it catches their attention/QUOTE]
this may not be a good idea as the logo is copyright by microsoft and thay may not want/enjoy that you use it.. ill would be careful with things like this! you could get a law suit!

sorry for bad english, not native!
 
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Quote:
1. it would have XP logo on it so it catches their attention/
Say "hello" to legal@microsoft.com when they come asking.
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2. explain that XP will have no updates after 8th of April 2014 and their OS will not be secure.
It's not secure to begin with and everyone knows it now or very shortly will hear about it. I'm sure they'll be some adverts of the "Upgrade or Persish" variety, or how "easy" it will be (surely this will be an MS campaign to generate additional revenue).
They skip the negatives of their OS so why should you focus on them?

It's been discussed at length recently according to this search.

Provide the Positives of installing and using a Linux-based OS.
Don't focus on the negatives of an EOL OS.
 
  


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