Report claims Ohio is the U.S. state with the most Windows XP users

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Data from web site traffic has shown that the percentage of Windows XP users can vary greatly from country to country. For example, China has over 50 percent of their PCs still using Microsoft's 12 year old OS that got its last software updates earlier today.

In the United States, it's estimated that close to 1 in 10 PCs still has Windows XP running. But does that change from state to state? A new report from WebpageFX says that is indeed the case. The firm studied data from 1,500 Google Analytics profiles and 7.8 million visits since January 1st and their stats shows the state of Ohio has the most Windows XP users in the U.S. with 11.75 percent.

Indeed, as the map above shows, the so-called "rust belt" of the U.S. has a lot more Windows XP users, with the neighboring state of Indiana in the number two spot with 9.90 percent. Nearby states like Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee are near the top of the list as well.

Washington state, the home of Microsoft, is as expected near the bottom of the Windows XP user list with 5.06 percent and large states like California and Texas are around the middle of the list. The state with the lowest number of Windows XP users is Kansas with just 4.34 percent.

Source: WebpageFX | Image via WebpageFX

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I have heard that running XP as non-admin does not translate into a good experience like newer Windows versions.

Is this true? Things I hear or read is that running some software is difficult, etc.

flynempire said,

Not true.
Some XP era software wasn't coded to the proper user level and thus will not run at all / well / with issues.

Windows 7 introduced the Least Priveleged User model. This means regardless of the role of the user running the software, the application runs purely as User with very basic permissions (limited filesystem access, no write to program files, etc).

You should always run XP with a non-admin or User mode account and if the software doesn't run, don't use it, or request an update from the vendor that will work in plain User mode. Administrator account should be limited to software installation/updates only.
This is the reason virii spread so quickly when this was the dominant OS in the windows ecosystem. The misinformation led people to operate in insecure manner, compromising their systems based on heresay.

Windows XP users will be fine as long as A) the have Good Antivirus and Malware software and B) run on non-Administrator mode.

VictorWho said,
Windows XP users will be fine as long as A) the have Good Antivirus and Malware software and B) run on non-Administrator mode.

My XP installation has great malware software on it.

Ohio does not surprise me a bit, have to deal with it good chunk of those XP's (company I work for just bought another company few months ago and we were about done with our 7 upgrade but the other company still had about 65-70% XP's) having to pay for the extended support now while we try and get those PC's replaced.

Economically speaking, this really doesn't surprise me at all. We've been hit hard during the recession so computer upgrades get delayed or ignored. More people leaving the state than migrating to... ect. On the bright side our apartment rentals are dirt cheap! :)