So depending on what studies you decide to believe, Windows XP still accounts for between 40 to 60% of the worldwide PC market.

OK, so I can kinda understand third world countries where they aren’t going to be buying licenses for Windows 7 anytime soon. Apart from war torn parts of the world where shells are flying and there is chaos everywhere, why oh why would you continue to use this Operating System?

Windows XP gives me nightmares just looking at the box cover.

I remember viruses and malware forcing me to reimage and reinstall XP over and over and over and over again.

I remember how it would start to get slower and bogged down the more you used it..

Heck, I’m like a shell shocked veteran with PTSD.

But, enough about me..I’m curious about you guys. Someone reading this is on Windows XP right now and is refusing to switch to Windows 7 and might even refuse to go to Windows 8.

Tell me, what are your top 3 reasons to stay on Windows XP?

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  1. I tedn to disagree with you for stating that “third world” countries would not be buying licencing for windows 7 soon.. you are ill-informed and very much incorrect..

    You have no basis to say this and have no proof foy our foolish comment here.. You should have specified where exactly..

    I live in the Caribbean and i am fully away that many companies have if not many upgraded to Windows 7 over Windows Vista..

    And please using this term “Third World Countries” is a derogatary WORD/PHRASE..

    • And please using this term “Third World Countries” is a derogatary WORD/PHRASE..
      Coming from Nigeria myself, i should be more sensitive. I apologize.  🙂

  2. Indra Nawawi Daeng Parani / July 12, 2011 at 7:11 am /Reply

    Dear Onuora,
    The reason still operating Windows XP, my dell inspiron 8600 run slow on windows 7 due to lack of memory space, I know that Windows 7 have much better performance and even it can repaired itself when error occured. Unfortunately I can’t find The Windows Movie Maker, I’ve to download it from the web which was for Windows Vista. Until now my dell inspiron 8600 sound good with Windows XP and I’ll wait till it stop working and change to a more sophisticated machine and use the latest software available on the market. Thank you for sending information, I learn much about your product and it is useful.

  3. I have 3 programs, yes indeed old, but are essential to me as there is no replacement for them that I can afford at least. (I am old too and retired).  I use Cool Edit 2 for my audio needs, Canopus Let’s Edit for my video editing and Ulead DVD Workshop 2 for DVD authoring all of which run nicely on Windows XP. I don’t have any issues with speed or freezing,  I have a second PC which came with Windows 7 and none of my above mentioned programs will even install much less run. So, I still run with Windows XP and will continue to do so unless anyone knows a cure. I have a fried who had me reset up Windows XP on his Toshiba lap top for the same reason.  I originally came with Windows 7.

  4. crap! the home desktop i have is windows vista home basic, which i want
    to kill it with a hammer, and the two laptops that we have are windows
    xp, so that switch will affect me.

    You can ask my dad if he wants to change to Windows 7 or Windows 8, which i hope the kill switch for both of these OS happens, so he can change his mind.

    His response: “Windows xp is the only OS that is reliable and simple, and Vista just needs cleaning and updating.”

    well, what about old, ugly and slow as f**k!!!

  5. Windows went to the dogs after Vista ! & leaves little control over hardware and ones access
    to properties of just about all else.  Plug and play was a great step forward in system control
    but that was as far we needed! Past Vista the OP took over totally. XXX

  6. I run the 64 bit version of Windows 7 and love it for most programs. However, I still have some essential 16 bit programs that will not run on Windows 7. I use a virtual XP machine to run those programs. If it wasn’t for virtualization, I would still be running XP as my main OS.

  7. Window XP Professional x64 Is the best!

  8. Windows XP Professional x64 Is the best why?

  9. Windows 7 is best desktop OS ever made. Screw XP.

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