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.

Analyst projections keep looking grim for PC sales, which are expected to steadily decline over the next few years. The total picture: People aren’t looking to buy new PCs (desktops or notebooks). Instead, they want smartphones and tablets, most of which run Android or iOS. So it’s not that many people are stubbornly refusing to upgrade from XP -- they’re just not interested in having a new PC.

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