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

By Matthew ยท 102 replies
Mar 4, 2010
  1. Microsoft Windows 7's popularity was evident from the get-go. The operating system received wide acclaim before it even hit store shelves, and Redmond shipped 234% more boxed versions of Windows 7 than Vista in the first few days of retail availability. It's been over four months now, and recent numbers show that Windows 7 is still a hot item. In fact, it has reportedly achieved an all-time high for Windows sales.

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  2. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    I already purchased a license and I am very pleased with Win7.
  3. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    My current pc is about 5 years old ... aside from some ram and video card updates here and there. Should I upgrade from xp to win 7? How will it affect my current programs and games? I know my next pc build (hopefully in a few months) will include win 7 but i'm not sure if i should bother upgrading my old pc right now.
  4. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I upgraded my PC from RC to Windows 7 shortly after release. I am very saddened that I did not purchase their family packs.
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

  6. azhurvadal

    azhurvadal TS Rookie

    well, microsoft deserves it. Windows 7 is much better than Vista. i don't think new modern games and software in the next year will support Windows XP anymore. i'll buy one too, but after i upgrade my hardware.
  7. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    We had one computer in our house running W7 RC, but I just downgraded it to vista with its original license instead of shelling out for Windows 7. I am going to upgrade my desktop to windows 7 soon, probably on my next hardware upgrade. I have a copy server 2008 R2 64 bit, which is basically Windows 7, which I got for free from this Microsoft program for students, that I am going to put on it.
  8. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    I will be installing Windows 7 in two computers this summer. I'm sure they will last me the 6+ years just like XP did.
  9. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 145

    Considering all the hype, advertising, and cheap prices it's a no brainer it would sell fast.
    I love my Windows 7, still like XP but XP gets random problems like blue screens and major slow downs after using it for a long time without reinstalling the OS.
  10. bektasa

    bektasa TS Rookie

    I tried W7 on my laptop which I bought in 2006 and it is very nice Timonius and I'm sure it is going to work well on you computer too. I switched back to XP because 64bit drivers I found for W7 are not as good as original drivers and I couldn't customize some of my hardware (like touchpad and sound card) because of driver issues. So if you're going to build a new pc soon, I advice you to stick with XP and try W7 on your new machine.
  11. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    Kudos to MS, Windows 7 is a very nice piece of software (IMO) and I really don't miss XP at all.

    I purchased myself a copy 2 days after official release because I was so happy with the Beta and RC versions I used.

    Would be interesting to see pirated figures too though, I wonder if it's the most pirated?
  12. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 116

    I gave XP the boot as well after buy W7 To help the numbers of fastest selling OS in history to make it's mark.Always nice to be part of history...
  13. jacob007

    jacob007 TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Of course is the best selling OS in history... i mean it only competes with itself.

    Anyways and jokes aside, Windows 7 is a solid OS and i guess people are seeing that and responding nicely. Regular consumers where not thrilled at all with Vista after all he initial issues and this is the complete opposite, we just have to hope future releases are just like this one, well thought and not rushed.
  14. Clrabbit

    Clrabbit TS Rookie Posts: 90

    I've been using 7 sense well the MSDN betas :p MSDN accounts are sweet... kind of pricey but sweet. I loved the earlier 70xx version of Win7 more then the final, it's a shame the keys we got for them expired months ago...

    I still like Win7 its the best OS on the market, I've used more Linux distors then I can shake a stick at (Or at the very least remember now.), and after using OSX for a couple months I never want to touch an apple anything every again.
  15. cyrusjumpjet

    cyrusjumpjet TS Member Posts: 87

    Still very happy with my Windows 7! XP was great for its time but 7 is really nicely done. Finally they do something right.
  16. flukeh

    flukeh TS Rookie Posts: 57

    I've only briefly tried out 7 and it seems okay, But i'm not sure if i'm willing to pay money for what seems like to me just an updated UI. From what i've experienced, there are minimal differences between Windows 7 and XP on any other basis.
  17. ashwingeek

    ashwingeek TS Rookie

    Well i am not too sure about choosing Windows 7. I will stick to my Windows XP for a year or two.
    Or till microsoft officially stops Win XP support. It is said that they will stop XP support by 2014.
  18. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Here are the details of the XP support lifecycle from Microsoft
  19. Clrabbit

    Clrabbit TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Ah~ depends on what you call "Support"

    Main support for XP ended On April 14, 2009
    It only has Extended Support till 2014...

    As for the difference... XP vs Win7 are like trying to compare Linux with BSD yeah sure the Interface may feel the same but at the core there totally different systems.
  20. mv670

    mv670 TS Rookie Posts: 58

    I'm glad windows 7 is doing well. Its time for me to upgrade.
  21. shoeseat

    shoeseat TS Member Posts: 87

    No doubt the best windows till now with those type of figures.MS is really changing to M$.LOL
  22. eafshar

    eafshar TS Enthusiast Posts: 68

    i worked with vista when it came out.. while with flaws it was still an upgrade from xp in my mind. windows 7 however just blows vista out the window. Microsoft should have just waited and released win7.
  23. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Posts: 290

    and it should be the fastest selling, improved looks, improved work efficiency and gaming while being fast running on pretty much any decent modern day computer.
  24. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    My PC is about nearly 4 years old; and only thing I've changed was CPU, and got rid of an faulty ram module; and results on the new OS are ....... staggeringly better than Windows 6.x.
  25. buendia

    buendia TS Rookie Posts: 29

    Windows 7 just runs great.It's the operating system every Windows user should use.
    Faster, safer, looks prettier, more efficient - there isn't a reason to not use it (provided you have the money) :)
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