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Windows 7 powers 10% of business PCs, growth to explode

By Emil
Nov 3, 2010
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  1. Acespaces

    Acespaces TS Member Posts: 75   +6

    Seems like a lot of businesses are now using that line. The other day i was watching tv and noticed that in a SUV commercial they the qouted it was the worlds fastest car. But hey it could of been a joke
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,048   +75

    @mad
    My pricing comment was aimed at consumer market; but about business you are perfectly right, Thanks.

    @theruck
    You could have easily configured it not to bother you by asking you to confirm you actions; but anyway it is a personal choice.

    Secondly, even on XP if you ever had a chance to work on corporate networks, you would wait for a while before it will actually tells you that you have entered the wrong password, which is pretty similar san the welcome thing.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 955   +49

    @Archean: At the same time, with family packs and OEM copies you can buy from places like newegg, the cost becomes a substantial concern more so when you buy true retail. :)
  4. theruck

    theruck TS Rookie Posts: 45

    i am not voting for xp either. anyway at least XP does not welcome you before kicking you out.
    and what do you mean by easily configuring? you think that it is really easy? give it a try first then tell us how easy it was :)
    objective: get rid of the "Open file - Scuritity warning" while not having the bar "Your current security settings put your computer at risk" in IE.

    lol my windows 7 just told me that the Internet Explorer (64-bit).lnk is coming from unknown publisher. do i really want to open it? YES i do. i allways have to say Yes if i want to do something on this annoying OS.
  5. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,048   +75

    Well there is something called called 'Local Security Policy (look for Security Options)' in Administrative Tools applet; which is very helpful in addressing issues like that; but I wouldn't recommend normal users to fiddle around with such stuff.

    I am unsure why would it do that, but frankly over the years I've seen lots of things which make you wonder what the heck is going on here ;). Thanks & Regards
  6. rizalp

    rizalp TS Rookie Posts: 39

    It's about time the business user move to windows 7. It's better than Vista or XP. And oh yeah, the 7 Service Pack 1 is close to release now isn't it? Maybe they are waiting until it released early next year
  7. TwiztidSef

    TwiztidSef TS Rookie Posts: 49

    Right now i use Windows XP, Windows 7, and Linux Mint (gloria i believe) equally. I use Windows 7 on my machine at home and Linux on my work laptop. From those 3, I would say that I like windows 7 the most. Its folder system isn't the easyiest to get used to but once you do its all right. I have always liked 7's driver detection as well. It found some of the most obscure drivers you could think of. The only time I has any problems was when my power supply was failing.

    I use my laptop to browse the internet securely and remote into an XP machine to make tickets and restore backups. I also installed a few pieces of windows 3d modelling software (Sculpris) to practice on my spare time.

    I can understand user frustration when making a switch however. Most users are not in the business of knowing an OS or knowing how to fix issues. They just need a computer to do one or two things without much fuss.
  8. Linux is mostly used in universities. No business with their right mind will use Linux as the client operating system because the support cost is higher than that for windows. Note that for a business, compared to the support cost, the cost of the OS itself is negligible.
  9. Demons

    Demons TS Rookie Posts: 52

    XP was, and still is a very good operating system. I really didn't like Vista other than a few of the new Media Center features but it wasn't worth the extra bugs. Windows 7 on the other hand, I like very much and has been very stable for me. I've almost moved all of my household systems over to windows 7.
  10. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 955   +49

    You are pretty much on target regarding operating/support costs vs acquirement costs. But, it has been my experience that there are more OSX systems on average on a university than Linux (excluding server only systems), and that's not including the student population. How do you figure Linuxs' popularity?
  11. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 99

    Give it up to XP, one of microsoft's most successful products ever.
     
  12. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    i do think xp was a great OS but i also think M$ kicked there self by taking to long to release Vista that made so many people love XP do remember all the problems xp had when it was released? Also i hate that M$ thinks it needs to release a new OS every 3 years i love blowing $260 every 3 years on a new OS.
  13. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 399   +35

    Dude... you must really be smoking the whacky tobaccey. Too long to release Vista? They released it too soon! They rushed it to get sales in and by doing so they didn't have a completely finished and tested product. WIndows 7 is what Vista should of been all along, but M$ didn't take their time to finish the job the first time.

    XP did have tons of problems on release, it took them awhile but they got it down and then it was a solid product, and still is. Same with Vista in a way... it is better now than it was on release. But Windows 7 was pretty much solid on release. I do agree with you however on the annoyance of a M$ having to release a new OS every 3 years... but that is what people want I think. But where are you spending $260 on each release??? Don't you do upgrades or wait for good deals?

    Oh and you haven't replied to my reply to your first post. Com'on man lets keep this pissing contest going!
  14. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,895   +88

    I don't get it. If you buy a new OS every 3 years, That's about .18 cents a day. Anybody who buys a can of soda, cup of coffee, or a granola bar a day spends 4-5 times that...for coffee!
    and that is if you are not eligible for, or wait for any sales.
  15. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I know, in the grand scheme of things it really doesn't cost much. Added to the fact most people (that I know anyway) replace there laptop or PC every 3-4 years, most probably get the latest and greatest pre-installed anyway.
  16. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,048   +75

    @Leeky

    Oh I just noticed you've graduated to become a 'Maniac' ;) Congrats
  17. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    @Archean

    I hadn't even noticed until you said... Thank you sir. :)
  18. fluxcapacitor

    fluxcapacitor TS Rookie

    I think all said and done I disagree. Companies won't ditch XP until they abosutely have to. The company I work for is an exception to most but they never put much into IT. It's a major retailer in southern California. I think the last time they upgraded our systems that power our checkstands was like over 5 years ago and before that they were still rocking Pentium II's!
  19. g4mer

    g4mer TS Enthusiast Posts: 340

    I think you're right at some point. When MS removed support for Windows XP, Windows 7 started to sell better cause XP became more vurneable to viruses and attacks.

    I really really like Windows 7, but XP is in my heart if you know what i mean :D
  20. coolhandz84

    coolhandz84 TS Rookie

    Started using Win7 a few weeks ago and i have to say that I am quite impressed with this version. Every feature is easy to use and installing new programs is a breeze. Although of all the new features, i really like the beefed up security options.
  21. actually it depends on the whole system that u are using, but if u want to u upgrade... win 7 os.......
    well it is more powerfull and fast...
  22. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    lol i spend 260 on each one because i want a full version not an upgrade. also it took over 7 years to release vista and btw WINDOWS7 is just a reworked vista not a whole new OS it is the best OS i have used but Vista in its own way is just the same as XP it took a while to make it good and then something new came along.
  23. compu4

    compu4 TS Rookie Posts: 46

    Sigh. When will businesses realize that XP is completely outmoded?
  24. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Enthusiast Posts: 427   +19

    Win xp is good for people they are not going to upgrade to win7 probably because it feels like an updated xp with some features just compare xp to its previous versions & compare xp to vista or win 7 .Win xp is so good people just don't want to give it up or probably never felt the need to do with it especially the business & office people.
  25. Appzalien

    Appzalien TS Rookie Posts: 96

    Something you have to remember when MS says how well 7 is selling, is that they forced OEM PC Makers to include it with new sales. I don't for a minute think their numbers reflect the sales of Win7 disks, mostly OEM sales. Therefore companies that buy new PC's (in todays blasted markets, its probably mostly banks and wall street companies that have the funds to throw around) are what's making the numbers seem so good. I just hope someone with half a brain is in charge of Windows 8 and makes it more like an XP2 than Vista or 7. Fat chance though. Vista was screwed from the beginning cause MS let the MAN tell them what to do, and included DRM that really slowed it down to a crawl and had to check everything you ran to see if it was a copyright threat. They also removed much of the versatility that XP had to try and stop pirated versions, but they had pirated Vista out days after its release so it was another failure on their part.


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