Surveys. They are just facts and figures, usually from a small sample size, but boy they do provide valuable insights on how things are. And things could not be more interesting on the Windows XP front.

Users, at least some users, seem to be rather comfortable with the old operating system, and plan to stick with it beyond the end of support cutoff — security threats be damned. With April 8 almost here, a lot of computers could be exposed to attacks, pretty much at the turn of the hour.

But a new research shows that some users just do not care about the approaching end of support.

No less than 1,740 replies were tallied from users in the US, UK, Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Denmark, and statistically, some 64.94 percent plan on staying with the aging OS.

In fact, 19.93 percent of Windows XP users revealed that they do not really care about end of support, while the remaining admitted to having varying degrees of worry.



And when it comes to destinations, 18.46 percent of the users surveyed are yet to decide. But 6.86 percent of them are willing to make the move to Windows 7, while only 2.71 percent see Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 as viable options.

The last thing we need are large scale exploitations of some Windows XP security vulnerabilities, but it will be interesting to see how these numbers change, say 3 months after end of support.

Oh it will be really interesting, indeed.

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  • Ray C

    It’s time to stop making excuses for these people. The fact that they don’t care about the end of support shows that they really don’t have the ability to make a proper decision. Now of course some of them don’t understand it. While others probably just assume they can handle it just fine themselves. I’m not saying just upgrade for the sake of upgrading, but what else are you using that’s nearly a decade and a half old? Some of these people and businesses haven’t in been in the same house or location for that long. Some people haven’t even had the same long that long. The whole “they’re not being giving a compelling reason to upgrade” is just a cop out and comes mainly from Microsoft haters. Most of them haven’t given a compelling reason not to upgrade. The only reason is no money, and if you don’t have the money to upgrade your computer(s) as low as prices are now, you have much more problems.

  • T4AA

    I wish them good luck after losing their personal data. Maybe then they’ll see how stupid it is to use 12 years old system with no support.

    • WillyThePooh

      If they don’t care about end of support, then they probably didn’t keep patching their XP for years. To them, security is not the most important, money is. But when they lost their data, they may complain MS dumped their old users.

      • T4AA

        Exactly. MS keeps telling them that they should switch to newer system for a long time and when they’ll lose their data using unsupported OS it’ll be still Microsoft’s fault for them.

        • Ray C

          Somehow in the end if will be Microsoft’s fault. People say they don’t want to be saved from themselves, but the minute they mess something up, they ask why no one did anything about it

  • JohnCz

    I think it just comes down to desire. Are these users just dead set in their ways, limited by finances or is it more a matter of not knowing / seeing the value in recent releases? I’d be curious how these users would respond to a Windows upgrade if it offered something fantastical like free mobile internet access or could read your mind eliminating the need for a keyboard/mouse.

  • Bruce Regael

    I don’t even care at this point. I’m just sick of all this Windows XP talk. They’ll figure it out in the long run. It’s time to just drop it out of the news and let nature take its course. Can’t go a single day for the past 5 years without hearing Windows XP this, Windows XP that. The tech nerds reading this get it and have been over it a long time ago.

  • Aaditya Menon

    Do not care?? Well , when their PCs are attacked with viruses and malware w/o support , they’ll know about this….