Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8th. To make migration easier for Windows XP users, Microsoft has made available as a free download, PCmover Express for Windows XP, a data migration tool.
PCmover Express for Windows XP
PCmover Express for Windows XP will help users move their files, folders and settings from your Windows XP to a new computer running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. This free tool will copy your files, documents, music, videos, email, user profiles and settings from your old PC to your new device. You can read here, the detailed PCmover Express for Windows XP review.
Microsoft has made some things even easier. For users who do not which version of Windows they are using, the can visit AmIRunningXP.com to find out if their computer is running Windows XP or a later version. If you are running Windows XP, it will direct you to useful links to help you migrate to a later version of the Windows operating system
Windows XP End of Support desktop notification
Microsoft also plans to display a notification on all Windows XP desktop users, reminding that Windows XP End of Support is on April 8th, 2014.
The download is not live yet, but PCmover Express will be available for download in English starting later this week at WindowsXP.com and at the Microsoft Download Center. It will be available in Spanish, Japanese, French, German and Italian some time in March. The Korean, Chinese, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese versions will be released some time later.
It will not be advisable to stay with Windows XP after end of support as Microsoft will stop providing security patches and updates to Windows XP SP3. The OS will be dead in the water, and with no support from Microsoft, it will become an open playground for hackers and malware pushers.
Nevertheless, for those users who would be constrained to use it simply because they may not be able to afford to upgrade – or for whatever other reason, we have written an article on securing Windows XP after end of support, which you may want to have a look at.