In Pictures: 9 reasons users won’t ditch Windows XP

Microsoft stopped support for Windows XP on April 8: Meaning, no more software or security updates for the nearly 13-year-old OS, despite it still holding onto just under 30% of the desktop OS market (according to NetMarketShare). Microsoft wants XP users to upgrade to a newer Windows OS, preferably Windows 8.1. Yet many people are determined to hold on - you’ll have to pry Windows XP from their PC’s cold, dead hard drive. Here are nine reasons why.

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The company hasn't offered strong incentives to encourage people to drop XP, such as direct discounts for those who own a valid XP license key to buy a Windows 8.1 (or Windows 7) license. But they are currently offering $100 off a new Windows 8.1 device when you buy one at their bricks-'n'-mortar Microsoft Stores or from MicrosoftStore.com, but you'll have to spend at least $599. But you can buy a new, low-end Windows 8.1 notebook or tablet for less than $300, without the discount, if you shop around."

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