Despite being two generations old (an eternity in software time), Windows XP continues to be the most popular operating system in the world. According to security guru Mikko Hypponen, lead researcher at Finland’s F-Secure, more than 50% of all machines connected to the Internet run XP.
Why so popular? First of all, its successor, Windows Vista, was an utter flop. As grumblings from users and tech media grew, the business community dug in their collective heels and stuck with the tried and true XP (it didn’t help that several popular business apps initially didn’t run well or at all on Vista, either). Many of those that had already switched to Vista sought to return to XP (in fact, a Google search for “downgrade from Vista to XP” still returns about 130,000 hits). So, when Windows 7 finally rolled out a few years later, many users viewed it with healthy skepticism, even though it has since proven itself a worthy successor to XP.
Whatever the reasons for not upgrading, if you’re still running XP, you may want to consider the following: