Goodbye, Windows 7 – But Why do People Still Use it?


After an extended period, Microsoft has finally ended support for its 11 year-old operating system. So, yes; Windows 7 is officially dead, but a lot of people don’t think so.

It may stun you to learn that not everybody is using Windows 10. Just like the much-loved Windows XP two generations before it, people still won’t let go of Windows 7.

According to StatCounter , around 27 percent of Windows users are still using it compared to 65 percent using Windows 10.

Many People didn’t upgrade their PCs.

Windows 7 still works just fine and there is a huge number of people who haven’t upgraded their PCs. 

Windows 10 has a bunch of new and different features and is a smoother experience than the older Windows operating system, but many users probably can’t tell the difference. And, with Windows’ famed long-term support for apps many of today’s desktop programs still work fine on Windows 7. This is in contrast to Apple’s strategy for macOS, which seems to leave apps behind with every yearly upgrade.

The 27 percent figure for Windows 7 is in stark contrast to those for other, less loved versions of Windows. The resource-hungry Windows Vista, which Windows 7 replaced, is now down to a tiny 0.3 percent of users – It probably still takes five minutes to boot up. The acquired taste of Windows 8 and 8.1 are on 6 percent combined, showing that many people didn’t upgrade from 7 to 8 and thus subsequently didn’t upgrade to Windows 10. There is no Windows 9, simply because Microsoft felt that Windows 10 represented the big step up from what had existed before.

Why didn’t people upgrade?
The failed Windows 8 – and it’s half-step successor Windows 8.1 are the main reason why many people are still using Windows 7. The new interface designed for tablet PCs moved away from the interface that had made Windows so successful since Windows 95.
Microsoft also didn’t have a plan as to how to educate users to use it. And in doing so, Microsoft either left people behind or forced them to stick with Windows 7. And, of course, that was a perfectly palatable situation for many since it worked and still works absolutely fine.

Microsoft bombarded users of windows 7 with messages about the upgrade in the past and has again sent messages about the end of support. It takes some effort –and nerve, to ignore such messages and keep running a Windows 7 PC instead of upgrading to Windows 10

However windows 7 Operating System is still considered the most user friendly compared to other Windows Operating systems, including Windows 10,  and it’s “not so easy vulnerability to software malfunction” still makes it preferable among users.


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