The news about Windows XP’s end of support date next month has dominated OS discussions lately and the bottom line is that date is rapidly approaching and is frankly inevitable.

The decision to move on from a trusted, reliable operating system is not an easy one because it usually means that users, as well as IT support, has to re-learn few things about the latest OS that is being deployed.

Part of that process is to train users to that new operating environment and it can be a daunting task to put together those training materials while at the same time deploying the new desktop machines, etc.

Well Microsoft understands your time is valuable so they have made an entire kit available to take care of the training part of that process.

The Windows 8.1 User Readiness Training Kit is a massive collection of over 570MB of materials that will help you spread the word about Windows 8.1 and includes the following categories of items:

  • Welcome and Roadmap
  • Tip Sheets
  • Email Templates
  • Posters and Flyers
  • In House Trainer Tools
  • User Training Videos


This screenshot is an example of one of the email templates that are available in the Windows 8.1 User Readiness Toolkit. This and other templates can be modified or sent out to your users as is to help with the transition to Windows 8.1.

Whether you are moving from Windows XP or Windows 7 these tools will help with that transition and save you preparation time as well.

Download Windows 8.1 User Readiness Toolkit (574MB)