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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Upgrading from XP is likely not realistic for many who are using the OS on a PC that’s several years old, especially if it was bought at the turn of the millennium. The minimum hardware specs for Windows 8.1: a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 16 GB of free hard drive space. But all XP needs is a 233 MHz processor, 64MB RAM, and 1.5GB of free hard drive space. Therefore, the only practical “upgrade” option for many old PCs running XP is to simply replace it with a new PC with Windows 8.1 already installed on it. But this leads to the next reason...

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