XP Users Upgrading to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8

Written by  Wednesday, 02 April 2014 22:49

It's no secret that official XP support ends on April 8, 2014. A recent report from Net Marketshare, a statistics company tracking OS marketshare (and other data) on the web via analytics tools, suggests that XP users would rather move to Win7 than Win8.

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The report shows that 27% of systems accessing net applications and websites are still operating on the nearly 15-year-old Windows XP, meanwhile Windows 8 and 8.1 comprise approximately 11% of the marketshare. Windows 7 sits at 48.77%, Vista (anyone remember that one?) is at 2.99%.

As the graphs are updated, we've seen Windows XP shrink as Windows 7 grows, with very little noticeable movement to Windows 8's marketshare. This is furthered by the fact that migration to Windows 7 from XP is a bit easier (regarding data retention), so fewer users would have to perform a clean install. That stated, it's strongly-recommended that a clean install is performed rather than an actual upgrade install, given the amount of clutter left behind.

You can find more graphs and interesting data analytics over here: http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

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