Windows 7 Gets Ready to Leapfrog Windows XP on Desktop

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$m

I'm still using XP on my netbook.

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ohsnaps1104

I can't understand all the W8 bashing. Seriously. People are clinging to 7 like fanboys clinging to XP. It's ridiculous. Everybody hated 7 when it came out. Now they hate 8. Everybody hated Unity, now everybody is cool with it after actually using it. People fear change WAY too much. W8 is 7 with a new interface added and upgraded resources management. It runs amazing, even better than 7 (which is a bloated resource hogger). Don't bash 8 until you sit down and try it out for a few days.

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wolfing

nobody I know hated W7 when it came out. In fact, everybody praised it and couldn't wait to get it after trying the free RC versions for months. Quite the opposite with W8

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praack

Stayed with XP until this year- finally switched because of the hit with my AV program and others -

sorry -but the multithreading was whacking XP to the ground- it was unable to handle it.

I rememebr leaving the XP roadshow and driveing to the store to buy it- it was that good

but I also ran it initialy with 2 gigs, i ended up with 4 (to get 3.5)

will i ever load xp again- maybe- if i find i want to play a game that i cannot load in win 7 - but have not found one yet

XP was really good- but 7- much better

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noobstix

I stopped using Windows XP when I bought Windows 7 in December of the year it was released. However, my mom's computer still has XP on it and probably won't ever see an upgrade unless she really needs it. I don't plan on upgrading to Windows 8 since I'm not into the Metro UI. I've gotten used to the generations of a simple desktop with or without icons and a taskbar with a Start button. If I wanted to scroll across the screen to access an app, I would get an iPad (ugh!). I would more likely hack my Zune HD within the next month (my warranty for it expires later on this month) than use Windows 8.

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gothliciouz

so where's the market share of vista?

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Neufeldt2002

6.60%

http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0

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siramic

Nice link Neufeldt2002, it looks like they keep that web site well maintained, and up to date.

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siramic

Good observation, good question, as those numbers have to be really low, even with those who bought PC loaded with Vista, who then upgraded to 7. As the slogan used to go, "Windows 7 is Vista that works"

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livebriand

Let's hope that, with XP's end of support coming in April 2014, businesses will finally abandon it. That said, I don't think they (or anyone else, for that matter), will be rushing to "up"grade to Windows 8. In my opinion, metro is an unintuitive POS that doesn't belong on desktops and laptops. When Windows 8 ends up failing and they get forced to allow Windows 7 downgrades (or is it upgrades?), they'll be forced to fix things with Windows 9.

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someuid

XP is gone in my house. Two gaming PCs running Windows 7 64 bit (one Home, one Pro), a laptop with Win7 Home, a netbook with Win 7 Starter (what a piece of crap that software is) and 1 laptop with Windows Vista.

The laptops came preloaded with the OS. The game computers were built by me so I had buy the copies of Windows 7 outright. I got them for around $100. The price of Win7 64 bit Pro all of a sudden jumped to $140 for no real reason. Its the same freakin' software that I bought for $100 and the economy hasn't improved that much in the last two or three years. MS is nuts if they think I'm going to drop $120-$140 per copy. Maybe if they offered some sort of bulk purchase, like 5 or 6 copies for %60 off, I'd bite. No, I'll not pay for Win8 so don't bring up their $40 upgrade offer. Metro is not allowed in my house.

The gaming coputers are staying with Win7. The Win7 laptops will stay with Win7 (yeah, even the starter version - it does what it needs to do.)

The Windows Vista laptop is going to get moved to Linux come winter when I'm stuck inside.

New computers I'm planning will be Linux. Go Steam.

I left MS Office behind years ago (like 6+ years ago). The free office packages work just fine for me. I went through college class after college class with requirements to use Microsoft Word. Every file I submitted gave the professor no problems. They never knew I was using OpenOffice.

I'm done with MS. They charge too much or fail to deliver (hello Metro you pile of crap).

MS could turn things around if they tossed Balmer and got busy producing real products rather than running a coding sweat shop. But I doubt that will happen until they're staring at the bottom of the barrel.

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whathuhitwasntme

you can purchase download copies of microsoft windows 7 on line for 64 dollars with no media, if you want a cd its an extra 14 dollars but still cheaper.
Just google around you will find discounted copies of this OS

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jedisamurai

I've had nothing but problems with Windows 7 ever since I first installed it. Slow, buggy, crashes and crashes and crashes. Many reinstalls, same nasty issues. Unfortunately XP installer just can't seem to find the new larger hard drives so I'm going to have to install Windows 7 again. Ugh! PC is an old Gateway 5662 with 3 gigs of ram. If only I could get a new machine I'm sure it would run as great as everyone keeps telling me is does on their machines...

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iheartpcs

You may have some bad RAM.

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knowname

my prediction, W7 will STILL go up even upon the release of the stillborn child that is Windows 8.

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shotgun-eddie

I will be running XP for some time. I use a large amount of software which does not play well in windows 7 64-bit. But the larger problem is I use equipment from a niche market which basically writes device drivers when the equipment is made and then leaves them alone.

I can’t be alone in this; XP will stick around for some time for reasons other than preference. The only reason I had to start messing with Windows 7 is the 3GB of usable memory in XP-32 was starting to kill me.

Forget about Windows 8. It seems like it is made for kids that want to know how many friends responded to their Facebook posting. All those notifications and pretty apps on your desktop, how can that help you get work done?

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Benjo

I picked up a bunch of old Dell laptops at $5 each at a university surplus sale. I ran Debian Linux on them for a while until I found a sealed Dell XP restore disc at a thrift store for $1. They make good "netbooks". I haven't decided whether to upgrade or just sell them.

I also have an eMachines laptop that originally came with XP. It barely meets the system requirements so I'm planning to upgrade to 8 when it comes out. It's mainly for family, friends, and in-laws who call me for tech support :P

All but one of my desktops run Linux. That one desktop runs XP because of hardware quirks. I plan to upgrade it to Win8 too.

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MastaGuy

I love Win7 because its sleek, faster, and the most up to date OS out there. Works well with gaming, and doesn't bother me.

After using XP for 5 years on an old dell, I upgraded it, got Win7 on it. and it runs so much faster.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Faster???

You must have had a lot of malware on that XP machine

A clean install of XP boots faster than 7, formats thumbdrives A LOT faster than 7 and runs a lot more software than 32-bit 7 could ever dream of running but without all of the Windows 7 embedded spyware and DRM

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maxeeemum

I have to agree! No way Win7 runs faster on an old PC compared to XP.

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wolfing

I thought it had already surpassed XP like a month or two ago (think I read it here at MaxPC.com)

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winmaster

Agreed. Different analysts all say these things happen at different times, and every time one presses the button, some MaxPC blogger thinks we need to know about it. In the end, all of these market share stories are basically BS, there's just no perfect way to measure it.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

There is no reason not to...

Oh sure, you can only get the best State Sponsored Malware like FLAME if you use Genuine Windows with updates enabled and you can only be limited to what you can use your computer for by using the newest DRM features in 7, but seriously, why not use XP?

XP hasn't had a BSOD in over 5 years because I use only portable app's that take their registry settings with them

No more registry conflicts for me

Oh sure XP might be slow taking nearly 9 seconds to boot but I can wait

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iheartpcs

Do you ever actually have fun with your PC?

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wolfing

yes, except that the majority of people are not so extra-careful. And for them, W7 is much better than XP. Don't get me wrong, I loved XP (used it for like 7 years skipping Vista), but W7 is just simply superior.

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