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Windows XP Stayin' Alive
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Lorna Garey
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7/1/2014 | 4:39:44 PM
Chore Avoidance
I think people just look at an OS upgrade as something between an unpleasant chore (for more technical types) and a terrifying ordeal that could end up with their PC being a doorstop. It just makes sense to upgrade an OS at the same time you buy new hardware, and those systems are presumably working just fine. 

A crashed hard drive or broken display is more likely than security warnings to make people drop XP.
Michael Endler
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7/1/2014 | 5:00:29 PM
Re: resilient
Very true. While some people are on XP out of negligence or obliviousness, many are on it for other reasons, ranging from financial considerations, to XP actually being well-suited (Microsoft support or not) for their needs. Still, it's mind-boggling how many users it still has!
Lorna Garey
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7/1/2014 | 5:41:06 PM
Re: resilient
Why dump a perfectly functional piece of hardware? We have several XP-era PCs that work just fine. Now, we did move to Win 7, but even if we hadn't I suspect they'd be chugging along.
Thomas Claburn
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7/1/2014 | 6:55:48 PM
Re: resilient
How many of XP users are actually actively using it? Aren't many corporate machines that have XP out of inertia?
Michael Endler
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7/2/2014 | 7:14:52 PM
Re: resilient
These statistics are drawn from the public Internet, so I don't think we can extrapolate much regarding businesses in particular. Microsoft claims a much lower percentage of its corporate customers are still on XP, and many of those who are run the OS in closed environments, where they wouldn't, as far as I know, touch the Net Application scanners. Likewise, the ATMs and other embedded systems that run XP wouldn't be reflected in these stats.


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