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Microsoft: Windows 7 is the fastest selling OS in history, over 90 million licenses sold

By Matthew
Mar 4, 2010
  1. rajmond

    rajmond TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Very fair. I'm using also Windows 7, and it's unbelievable good (Microsoft). I always have the feeling that it works fast like Windows XP, and the looking of Windows Vista
     
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,055   +970

    Yeah, they toned down UAC, >>AND << Superfetch's memory hogging, so as you say "it works like XP and it looks like Vista".

    So great, they went through 2 OSes to get one that performs like XP. Oh baby, baby, that's technology on the march for sure.

    Don't get me wrong rajmond, I have a copy of Win 7 and I love it. But as of yet I don't feel I have the control that I do with XP. I suppose that will come as I familiarize myself with what's available in the way of process and startup managers for it
    .
    In fairness to Vista, I have Home Basic on a laptop. It isn't that bad, but it isn't that good either. The laptop came with it, I wouldn't have paid for a copy to use as an "upgrade".

    In fairness to the ME sect, Windows 2000 is still better, and in some arenas still in use. (Although, that seems like it might be a security nightmare).

    Truth be told, that's what's important, whether or not it worked for you. It is still nicknamed the "mistake edition", for better or worse.

    Vista doesn't give me problems, but here again, I don't expect much from it either. I only use the laptop it's on, pretty much as a digital photo frame. One big plus is that it runs a 5 year old version of Photoshop Elements 3.0 (!!) without incident.

    My copy of PSE 7 (1 Yr old) runs like s*** on Windows 7.
     
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    I won't comment on the underlying argument about health-care costs of MS :rolleyes:

    However, I think as Vista was a radical departure from XP; MS didn't prepared its customer base enough to take such a drastic change from the way they were used to (with xp/2k) in the olden days; secondly, I believe it wasn't ready, they tried to rush it out, instead of taking may be few more Quarters to prepare it for prime time (case in point SP1).

    Anyway, thats history; however, luckily I never had any issues with any windows OS since 3.x days (back then it was a devil to make your sound card or mouse work, which we take for granted nowadays ;)).
     
  4. selphiroth

    selphiroth TS Rookie

    Well i am still using xp sp2. So far, i am quite happy for it, not seeing any motivation of switching to 7. Maybe window 8 is the right call :)
     
  5. Fotis

    Fotis TS Rookie

    I have used the last three Windows OS: XP, Vista, Windows 7. Win7 is by far the best of them and have the best compatibility and support for devices. Nice interface, easy to use... It makes sense to me that kind of numbers. It seems that Microsoft learned from the mistakes of the past (Vista) and made a very nice, light (generally) and stable OS.
     
  6. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Enthusiast Posts: 246   +12

    I used XP on my first build in 2005, and am still running it on that machine. When I built a new one in 2008 I used Vista 64-bit, and although there was a learning curve, found it to not be nearly as bad as I had been reading. Then when the first public beta of 7 came out a few months later, I installed it on a separate partition and learned all sorts of stuff about dual booting. Although it had not been my intent, within weeks I was using the 7 beta as my primary OS. When the 7 RC came out, I used my Vista partition to upgrade. Finally, when I got my copy of the retail release, I wiped the hard drive and did a clean install of 7. (Then I had to go back and install XP on a separate partition to get Fallout 3 to run.)
     
  7. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TS Enthusiast Posts: 182

    Win7 works so much better than vista. I am not surprised that it is selling so fast. The price tag alone is almost half the price Vista was.
     
  8. vineetchawla

    vineetchawla TS Rookie

    even i have a W7 ultimate licence from widows 7 party promotion campaign. and it is a masterpeice. till date no pc hangs, no blue screen, and even after 6 months my laptop shuts down in about 15 seconds.
    thanks mictosoft
     
  9. pyari

    pyari TS Rookie Posts: 66

    I don't believe on this statement. do we see xp is fast.
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,055   +970

    This does go a long way toward reinforcing my argument that Vista was the Windows 7 beta. XP was the only M$ OS in about 7 years! Vista lasted about 2! Vista was tested slower than XP in almost every performance aspect. I am of the opinion also, that Vista wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that good either.

    There was also the, "too many cooks spoil the broth" factor, working against Vista. Without too much elaboration or placement of blame, the computing public asked for UAC, then complained about it after they got it. Whaaaa....! It's been said the average person only has 2 moving parts, and that they're a direct interchange. :rolleyes:

    Now we have Windows 7, which is, arguably, a masterpiece..!

    So, given the huge disparity of deployment time, customer satisfaction, and rapidity of replacement, it's still hard to imagine that Vista was anything but the beta for Windows 7. That's whether or not that was the underlying corporate motivation. Perhaps they didn't mean it to happen, it just did.

    Still, we can't overlook or escape the overarching irony here. Windows 7 comes with the capability for XP Mode, and that basically means that you're paying dearly for a new OS to run many of your old XP programs, on an OS(XP) which we all have in the first place.

    You would have to qualify this statement by telling us what's faster. I know the answer, I just want to see if you do.
     
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,444   +124

    Windows 7 has really made it after the Vista fiasco, it is very comfortable, the new taskbar is really neat and performance is amazing.
     
     
  12. waterytowers

    waterytowers TS Rookie Posts: 85

    Given PCs come with win7 preinstalled and how bad vista was it is not surprising people have purchased alot of licenses. There would have been a large number of people waiting for the next version of windows before upgrading so they didn't have to suffer vista. Me I use ubuntu which is slowly becoming like windows as every new release is full of problems but ubuntu at least has an excuse, they are releasing new versions every 6 months rather than every 5 years. The time MS takes to develop their software, it should be rock solid and have very few problems and they should all be obscure problems that dont happen much in real life. The people I knew that used vista were always having problems, only time will tell if win 7 is much of an improvement.
     
  13. ToastOz

    ToastOz TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Imagine how many people didn't pay for the OS, those numbers would be astounding as well.

    Goes to show if you create something fantastic and user friendly people will respond.
     
  14. ToastOz

    ToastOz TS Rookie Posts: 59

    In my experience as a gamer/PC enthusiast Vista originally would not allow you to run games at a decent speed or If for example you could run cod4 at 75fps in win xp as soon as you installed vista it would run at 45fps. That immediately was a turn off from my point of view regardless of the fancy new gadgets windows vista provided

    With Windows 7 and the optimization for speed with the combination of gadgets and down right good looks It's obvious why it sells so well.
     
  15. rufio

    rufio TS Rookie Posts: 51

    Does this include people who have have Win7 come with their purchased computer? I have this running on my laptop right now (free for computer students at my school) and so far it's been running very smooth. no slowdowns or weird bugs like the previous version of windows
     
  16. cocodel

    cocodel TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Best windows till now in my opinion.Works on older PC All i can say about win7 Nice work microsoft!
     
  17. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 232

    I'm already apart of the 9 million plus! Thanks for asking and I'm happy that I'm those of you who are still using the RC head over to tekzilla or google of course there should be a tutorial on how you can upgrade from RC to the RTM versions of Windows 7. This is certainly the BEST OS M$! Thank you, and the stats are there to prove it whether its in stores or on private trackers, I'm looking forward to Windows 8.

    Also @technochicken you couldn't be talking about dreamspark could you? Thats where I got my copy as well :p
     
  18. SweetIT

    SweetIT TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Haven't purchased it yet for home but use the beta versions through vmware for supporting others. I love it!!!
     
  19. RockandRepublic

    RockandRepublic TS Rookie Posts: 27

    If I'm lucky, I'll get to experience just how fast it is this century.
     
  20. buttus

    buttus TS Enthusiast Posts: 187

    Microsoft finally is getting some respect for Win 7. It's nice seeing them get it right this time around instead of the disaster Vista was when it was released. The sales numbers also show how hungry the market is for a new OS to replace their aged Win XP.
     
  21. techsp10

    techsp10 Banned Posts: 37

    I am also glad and happy that Windows 7 is performing well this time I just hope that it will continue 'til another version will be released. I have used Windows 7 from the computer of my friend since I don't have any computer yet, and indeed it has a great style and features. For me Windows seven is the best GUI OS that is usable at this moment...
    Hope I could attain this...
     
  22. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Enthusiast Posts: 246   +12

    I am glad to see 7 doing so well, but I think the sales numbers reflect the market for new PCs to a much greater extent than the market for upgrades. We who read things like Techspot tend to forget that most average consumers NEVER upgrade to a new OS; they just buy a new PC. My parents bought a PC with XP that included a free Vista upgrade, and they never installed Vista even when I offered to do it for them. Their first experience with Windows 7 will be if and when they buy a PC that has it already installed. Many retail pre-built computers made in the XP era do not meet the minimum requirements to run a full-featured version of 7.

    Also, many gaming enthusiasts still prefer XP to 7 for performance and compatibility (as well as familiarity, I suspect). Check out the breakdown on the Steam hardware survey at http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/ : 40% are still using XP, although that number is dropping.
     
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,055   +970

    Good point, but there may be a "chicken and the egg" paradigm involved here.

    Many of the new computer sales, may be linked to a desire for the new OS. As you point out, many users don't upgrade, but with all the hoopla surrounding Windows 7, they may simply decide it's time for a new PC. So, Windows 7 is probably dragging new PC sales along by its bootstraps. (pun intended).

    The second statement about hardware insufficiency sort of belies a dialog between members of a household, sort of like this, "well honey, we haven't had a new PC in 5 years, and people are saying wonderful things about the new Windows7, and this old clunker won't run it. Whaddya think, can we go look around for something better"? This just falls into the category of "should we trade in our car this year, (Vista) or next year (Windows 7). And we all know who lost that argument.
     
  24. kweeny

    kweeny TS Rookie

    I just installed Win7 on my laptop last week dual booting with Vista. No complains so far and very much enjoying its working.
     
  25. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Enthusiast Posts: 246   +12

    All valid points, and i loved the part quoted above!

    I tried to talk my wife into letting me upgrade her PC from XP to 7, but she would have none of it unless there was some sort of "classic" mode that looked just like XP. She was just used to it, since it was what she has used at home and work for the last several years. She had used my PC with 7 a little, but not enough to become familiar with it. But, she recently got a laptop with 7, and has been frustrated that there are things she can do with it that don't work with XP (like Windows Movie Maker not working with MPEG-2 on XP because of licensing issues), so I may have to ask again soon.
     
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