As of today, Microsoft has stopped support for Windows XP. To keep your system up-to-date and safe, Windows XP users should move to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (and for those who insist on clinging to their old OS, see our tips for making Windows XP more secure). To help you through the pains of migration, we've compiled apps and tips for transitioning to either Windows 7 or 8. If you're considering upgrading to Vista...don't.
Microsoft has its own transfer manager to help migrate files, pictures, and basic settings to Windows 7. It's a basic tool that lets you migrate settings by profile and produces a detailed report of everything moved to your new PC.
Microsoft is also partnering with Laplink to offer free data transfer from Windows XP to any newer Windows OS. PCmover Express connects to the Internet and walks you through the process step by step. It doesn't impact any personal settings on your new PC, either.
The unfortunate truth about upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 is that some legacy applications may not be supported. But don't despair, because Microsoft has an Upgrade Assistant that lets you check your program compatibility with the new OS.
Ninite is an all-in-one program installer that compiles the latest versions of popular apps into a single installer. Whether you have browsers, messengers, media players, or cloud storage apps, Ninite allows you to customize your installation package. Use Ninite to save time installing common apps on your new OS.