There’s no doubt that a lot of people who are still using PCs running Windows XP are caught between a rock and a hard place right now. There are certainly plenty of folks who would like to upgrade from Windows XP, but cringe at the thought of using Windows 8.1, and would prefer to stick with the more familiar look and feel of Windows 7. Though that’s not a big roadblock, if those same people are resisting the urge to upgrade because they don’t want to lose their files and programs, then their hesitancy can be understood.
However, UpgradeMyXP.com, which just launched today, offers to migrate your Windows XP’s PCs files and settings to a brand new installation of Windows 7 64-bit. For $299, UpgradeMyXP.com will send you a pre-paid shipping box. All you need to do is stuff your Windows XP laptop or desktop PC in there, and then send it back to the company. Then, they back up the contents of your PC, and proceed to install Windows 7 and load all your old files and programs onto it. Once they’re done, they’ll send you back the same PC you sent them, but with the new OS installed. On top of that, the $299 price tag includes an upgrade of “up to” 4GB of RAM. Note that some of your Windows XP programs may not work with Windows 7 though. Keep in mind that Windows 7 will receive support from Microsoft until January 14, 2020.
“Windows 7 runs legacy software so nearly all of their programs will work and the compatibility mode gives the user the same, familiar interface,” said Ryan McMichael the company’s Chief Technology Officer.
On top of the $299 option, UpgradeMyXP.com also offers to pair its migration service with a solid state hard drive. You can grab a 120GB, 250GB or 480GB SSD, which brings the total cost of the service to $378.99, $428.99 and $558.99, respectively.
We feel that the SSD-less $299 option with extra RAM would provide enough for a boost, though an SSD would certainly add some pep to your system. Also, the offer of “up to” 4GB of RAM would give us some pause. We wonder whether UpgradeMyXP.com would offer customers that have already maxed out the RAM in their PC a break on the price tag.
Support for Windows XP concludes tomorrow, April 8. If you plan to stick with XP past that, feel free to check out our guide on how to survive the end of support.
If you plan to give UpgradeMyXP.com a shot, please tell us about your experience in the comments below.
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