XP Users Upgrading to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8

By Published April 02, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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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.

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.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.