Microsoft offers users $100 toward Windows 8 devices with XP trade-in offer

Microsoft offers users $100 toward Windows 8 devices with XP trade-in offer

Summary: As the end of Windows XP support on April 8 approaches, Microsoft is making available a new trade-in offer for those willing to switch their XP machines for Windows 8.1 ones.


Microsoft is offering Windows XP users $100 toward their purchase of a Surface Pro 2 or other select Windows 8.1 PCs worth more than $599.


The offer runs from March 20, 2014 until June 15, 2014, or "while supplies last," according to the offer page on Microsoft's online site. The offer is available in select Microsoft retail and online stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. ARM-based Surface 2s are not included among the machines that qualify. There's a one device limit, and the $100 credit isn't available on prior orders or purchases.

Those who take advantage of the offer also get 90 days of free support for their new Windows 8 devices from Microsoft. Microsoft is also touting availability of the free Laplink data-transfer service, allowing users to move their files, photos, music and settings to new PCs, as part of the package.

Update: Here's how this trade-in works, according to a company spokesperson:

"This is a special promotion for current XP users. Customers going to from a machine running Windows XP will see the deal pop up automatically.

"People can also bring in their old XP device to one of the more than 80 Microsoft retail store locations and instantly save $100 on the purchase of a qualifying PC priced at $599 or above."

Microsoft is ending its support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. After that time, Microsoft will no longer provide any patches or fixes to Windows XP users -- other than those Premier Support customers who pay a hefty fee for custom patches.

I'm not optimistic that this offer will win over many XP holdouts. Some of the folks still using XP are self-acknowledged cheapskates, but others are still using XP because of corporate policies, incompatible software and peripherals and other reasons. But I guess it's worth a try....

Topics: Windows 8, Microsoft, PCs, Microsoft Surface


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • I don't see the discount...

    I go to the Windows Store, see the offer, and add a Surface2-128GB. However, the price in my cart is still $999. How would one get the $100 discount for upgrading?
    • Nevermind...apparently it doesn't apply to Surface 2's?

      Very, very clever of Microsoft...the offer doesn't apply to their own hardware. Hahahahaha. Didn't see that limitation at first. What's up with that stupidity?
      • Love your outrage!

        I love your outrage and passion!
      • Mary suggests above that the Surface Pro/Pro 2 is include ...

        ... just not the ARM-based Surface RT/2 devices.
        M Wagner
    • Microsoft Store

      You must be on XP when you visit the site and it will pop up automatically, or take your XP device to one of the 80 MS stores.
  • An approximate 15% discount, at best

    As the lowest-priced PC available for the discount is $599 U.S.

    Budget-conscious consumers, SOHOs and very small businesses can do better by shopping online for refurbished or redistributed Windows PCs at various OEMs (e.g., Lenovo, HP, Dell). Especially so, if one desires Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.

    Question: Will the Microsoft Store personnel keep the customer's Windows XP-based PC as a trade-in? If so, this might make it difficult to move one's data (for those that do not backup their data first).
    Rabid Howler Monkey
    • One hundred dollars for $599 comes to ...

      ... 17%. Not great but better than most discounts. Besides, that gets the based system down to $499. If that is not enough of a deal, you can still buy Intel-based Windows 8 systems for $350 or less.

      It is a fair deal but that doesn't mean these hold-outs will take advantage of it.
      M Wagner
  • Not very tempting

    Even if I was in the market for a Surface, it wouldn't be worth the loss of my XP desktop. A $100 rebate just wouldn't motivate me. The $100 is about a third of what I paid for the video card alone.
    • ??????????????

      You do realize that your machine is probably worth less than $100 now?
      • hardly

        The 3.2 GHz i5 processor in it is still listed for $200 at new egg. Unlikely the whole system with graphics card, 5.2 sound system, 2TB hard drive, SSD, network card, wireless mouse and keyboard is "worth less than $100 now"
        • You're not the target customer.

          There are plenty of people out there rocking with Core 2 Duos and Athlons and integrated graphics.

          This offer is aimed towards them, not to people with decent rigs.

          Besides, wouldn't it be smarter to stick Linux or Windows 7/8 on that machine?

          Why replace perfectly good hardware.
          • That's pretty much the point I was trying to make

            I was responding to Djblois who asserted "You do realize that your machine is probably worth less than $100 now?" Which is just not a valid assumption, but alot of people seem to be assuming that XP machines were bought 10-13 years ago. XP machines are not necessarily weak machines, almost all of my PC components are less than 1.5 years old, and XP runs fine on my system. The only thing XP doesn't provide (that I'd like) is SSD trimming.
          • I'm not sure what your pont is then

            obviously you machine is so far removed from the norm it is the exception to the situation. which is exactly why djblois said "probably" less than $100.

            still, I'm not sure what you expect Microsoft to do for you. offer you market value for your hardware based on Newegg pricing? if you put 14 year old operating system on somewhat current hardware then I dont think this offer is aimed at you and I dont think you do either.
          • Undoubtedly true but if you value the data on your system, ...

            ... you are putting yourself at grave risk by maintaining unsupported Windows XP on a system with an Internet connection.
            M Wagner
        • It's a Bit Complex

          Clearly there would have to be a discount from the cost of a new matching system. Also, a buyer would have to discount the price by the replacement cost of components that are wisely replaced, the hard drive comes to mind.

          Then, there's the issue of who would consider buying a used machine. It would have to be someone who doesn't want to pay for a new machine, is looking for a system with more computing muscle than a low-end pc, and is able to wait while seeking out a deal. You, as the seller, would have to have a transaction price that the buyer would assess as the right deal to execute now and that would lower the price.

          You'd also get a better price if selling to a user, rather than someone who wanted to refurbish and/or resell, so that they'd have some profit from the resell. But, the reseller is the one who might be more interested in your system, as they need to replenish inventory.

          Indeed, you may actually get more for your system by splitting it up and selling the components individually. Does that mean the system as a whole is less than $100? I don't know. I suspect the minimum value for any working pc is between 100 and 200 dollars.
          • The point is that there is no "matching" system ...

            ... for anything older than 2007. Even the cheapest tablet will have more raw power. Today's Atom processors will out-perform anything that old.
            M Wagner
        • XP with SSD?

          Not sure, you made the best choice...
          • Nope. Motherboards as new as 2009 cannot take advanatce of SSD drives.

            Windows XP certainly cannot.
            M Wagner
        • But if his system was built before 2007, it likely had a 120GB HDD, a ...

          ... 2GHz Pentium 4 (or Core 2 duo) processor with 512MB of RAM. I wouldn't pay that much for such system. Paying $100 for such a system is just sending good money after bad.
          M Wagner
      • No, my old machines are worth more now than when I bought them

        I could turn around now and sell my old DOS or Win98 machines for nearly the initial prices. Same, for my XP machines. I know, because I've been shopping for more of them. The XP machines in particular, are hard to get. Every time I find one in and put it in my shopping cart -- which rarely happens, since no one's giving up their XP machines -- within 24 hours, it sells. The last time I tried was during the past week, when a measly Dell D630 on XP Pro was for sale. I put it in my cart, but Dell carts only have a 30-minute hold time. It was gone, when I went back.

        I had one made, which cost $600, about twice the price of a new Win8 machine. So now I'm going in a different direction: will install my never-used retail XP OS licenses to my existing machines. That's a tricky thing, as XP hogs the MBR, so you can't suddenly use your previous OS installation, i.e., Win7.

        A guy who fixed my ceiling last week, said he'd installed Win98 then XP then Win7 and had no problems, didn't even need a separate partition. So it depends on what order you install.

        So for dual-boot XP, where Win7 was first, it requires EasyBCD to create the boot menu, and it can become corrupted. So as an alternative, will slide out the hard drives, put in new ones, put XP on the new ones, then slide them out again. Will do the same for Win8, as I never plan to use it. Just want an installation, in case MSFT ever regains sanity and again allows the classic interface.

        On Dell laptops this is as easy as sliding out a desk drawer. And XP works on i5 and i7 first-gen processors (not sure about my 3rd-gen, will have to experiment), as well as Xeon and Core 2 Duo.