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.

The spectacularly bad press and word-of-mouth about Vista led many to hold off upgrading. But Windows 7 wouldn’t arrive until more than two years after Vista’s launch in January 2007. During this waiting period (a long enough time for significant changes in the PC world to play out), many XP users probably figured, why bother upgrading to Windows 7 after all that time? We would argue that Vista did even more damage: It made the general public distrust Microsoft when told by the company they needed to upgrade to a new version of Windows.

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