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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Since most personal computing nowadays centers around the Internet, all you need to experience it is a good, secure web browser. Current versions of Chrome and Firefox work with XP. Though Google announced it will drop XP support for Chrome in April 2015, Mozilla currently has no plans to do so. (Microsoft quit providing the latest version of Internet Explorer for XP after Windows Internet Explorer 8.) Google and Mozilla would be doing Microsoft a favor if they dropped XP support for their respective browsers, but each would lose overall browser market share. So people still using XP to go online may have little motivation to move on, as long as the latest versions of these popular browsers keep running on XP.

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