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Windows 7 most used OS now, Vista nowhere to be seen

Posted at 02 July 2012 20:08 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

While Microsoft is working hard on getting Windows 8 ready to ship, their previous operating system (OS) Windows 7 is still going strong. Cnet reports that Windows 7 has recently become the most used OS, taking the leading position from Windows XP. That’s strange as  Windows XP had it’s successor Windows Vista, but somehow that never gained the popularity or market-share similar to XP or Windows 7.

At the moment Windows XP has a whopping market-share of 29,9%, but Windows 7 has an amazing 50.2% cut of the OS market. Windows Vista is at only 8.32% but together Microsoft OS’es are installed on nearly 90% of the computers that were measured and Apple is still a relative small niche with an install base of 7%.

It will be interesting to see how the numbers change once Windows 8 is released. OEMs will likely deliver it with new computers and the question will be if consumers will be attracted to Windows 8 with it’s Metro GUI.

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bean55
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 02 Jul 12 21:08
    Windows 8 may match the Vista 8 %, but if you are not using a tablet windows 8 will not be very useful from what I see.

    It will not be going on any of machines and my work has no use for it either.
    samlar
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 14 Jul 12 09:51
      I saw vista someone just drove it by my house on the way to the junkyard.
      TSJnachos117
      MyCE Senior Member
      Posted on: 16 Jul 12 05:28
        It's a funny world we live in. My mother absolutely hate Vista, because it's so different from XP. When she recently got her first Seven computer, she instantly loved it, despite the fact that it's not only similar to Vista, but also different from XP.
        Arachne
        Senior Administrator & Reviewer
        Posted on: 16 Jul 12 13:06
          Still running Vista on my two machines.
          bigmike7
          MyCE Resident Old Fart
          Posted on: 16 Jul 12 13:25
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Arachne
            Still running Vista on my two machines.
            Yo Lin-

            Why??

            (The reason I say that is - well - I have always viewed you as technologically 'hip' - and you not using Windows 7 is kind of a disappointment-eh!)
            deanimator
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 16 Jul 12 14:20
              W7 on both machines (using SSDs with a clones of the system)
              coolcolors
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 16 Jul 12 16:14
                All my laptops and desktop are Windows7 now....ya....and my cousin and sister and her family all switched to Windows for the last 2 years and love it and my other sister vista hp laptop vista gone and windows7 is the replacement....gone is all the bloat and pain in the a&* usage. Oh yeah for my cousin they had XP and got malware and wiped it clean and now has windows7 and internet works...so this is a good reason to go from XP to W7....security and it is up to date...
                bean55
                MyCE Resident
                Posted on: 16 Jul 12 16:26
                  I have 2 machines still running Vista, of course all I do with those 2 is run Folding At Home.

                  Why pay for an upgrade when you don't have to
                  Arachne
                  Senior Administrator & Reviewer
                  Posted on: 17 Jul 12 03:38
                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by bigmike7
                    Yo Lin-

                    Why??

                    (The reason I say that is - well - I have always viewed you as technologically 'hip' - and you not using Windows 7 is kind of a disappointment-eh!)
                    Haha me, technologically hip?!

                    In all seriousness, I'm waiting for my next system upgrade to see what OS I end up with
                    Kenshin
                    MyCE Resident
                    Posted on: 17 Jul 12 04:21
                      Despite the large number of Windows XP users, Windows 7 has become the top-selling Windows yet - more than 600,000,000 copies. Since more than 1 million Android devices - including phones and tablets - are being activated in a day and it'll double and triple and quadruple in the coming years, it is reasonable to expect there will be more Android devices than Windows devices sometime in 2014 or 2015. So-called analysts are predicting Windows (Phone) 8 is poised to replace or take some of the marketshare of Apple iOS, but we haven't even seen the RTM Windows 8's performance among the early adopters yet and so far Nokia's best Windows Phone devices failed to compete against even the second- or third-best Samsung-Made Android phones. Whether Android for phone is what Windows was for PC isn't yet clear considering Google acquired Android only a few years ago and it wasn't that long ago when HP gave up webOS it bought in 2010 which in turn was developed out of Palm. Just how many web browsers have been developed and promoted to replace Microsoft Internet Explorer since Netscape? Just every browser's developers and users said their faster and lighter brower would beat MS IE easily and in a short time, when all failed to do so. Of course, that doesn't mean Microsoft will continue to monopolize all markets from servers to wearables, but it does show how predictions and common senses by expert professionals or profesional experts and non-paid users alike will continue to be wrong and often completely off the mark.
                      nthkmf
                      New Member
                      Posted on: 04 Aug 12 22:28
                        I hate vista so much Love Windows 7-8
                        AllanDeGroot
                        MyCE Resident
                        Posted on: 06 Aug 12 00:09
                          Quote:
                          Originally Posted by nthkmf
                          I hate vista so much Love Windows 7-8
                          While I can't claim to have ever "Hated" Vista, I must also comment that
                          my first Vista computer was a decently fast Core 2 Duo.

                          So never having been forced to run it on any machine that
                          would be argeuably marginal for XP...

                          Vista really isn't all that bad.

                          It actually has a few advantages over windows7, particularly in the greater adaptability of settings in User account controls, but I'll
                          admit I have installed Windows 7 on every computer capable
                          of running windows7, and the ones I don't have 7 on I know
                          they are not capable through the unquestionable knowledge
                          of empiracle knowledge of repeated failure.
                          StormJumper
                          Retired Moderator
                          Posted on: 06 Aug 12 00:23
                            Quote:
                            Originally Posted by AllanDeGroot
                            While I can't claim to have ever "Hated" Vista, I must also comment that
                            my first Vista computer was a decently fast Core 2 Duo.

                            So never having been forced to run it on any machine that
                            would be argeuably marginal for XP...

                            Vista really isn't all that bad.
                            It actually has a few advantages over windows7, particularly in the greater adaptability of settings in User account controls, but I'll
                            admit I have installed Windows 7 on every computer capable
                            of running windows7, and the ones I don't have 7 on I know
                            they are not capable through the unquestionable knowledge
                            of empiracle knowledge of repeated failure.
                            I agree I myself had no problem at all with Vista Ultimate, now the home version was another story, but that was only due to the fact that you had to many limitations even when you was logged on as administrator.
                            Bonaparte
                            New Member
                            Posted on: 10 Aug 12 01:42
                              After Win8 release the Win7 will be very most used OS
                              debro
                              Blown to smitherines
                              Posted on: 10 Aug 12 03:19
                                Vista had some teething issues, manufacturers produced products that were under-spec and stuck vista on it, and the changeover from 32bit to 64bit was handled badly.

                                There was nothing inherently bad about Vista, except people experience alot of problems. Service pack 1 basically fixed most major issues.

                                Windows 7 was beautiful from day 1. Everything in Vista was fixed (it's the same OS, right), it had a few new features. The interface was more polished.

                                Windows 8. Heavily Optimised for newer/current technologies. It performs faster than windows 7. It's quick, it's beautiful. It has the worlds most useless Graphical User Interface for PC's. It's basically useless for anyone that intends to WORK on their PC, and when I say work, I mean serious email, internet and Office type applications.

                                I'm dreading my next (work) PC upgrade.
                                My Home PC, I can just butcher and upgrade parts and keep windows 7.
                                Kenshin
                                MyCE Resident
                                Posted on: 10 Aug 12 05:50
                                  This is what we need for Windows 8.

                                  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...am_Manager.png
                                  DrageMester
                                  Retired Moderator
                                  Posted on: 10 Aug 12 11:47
                                    Quote:
                                    Originally Posted by Kenshin
                                    This is what we need for Windows 8.

                                    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...am_Manager.png
                                    Isn't that the Interface-formerly-known-as-Metro which is already in there?
                                    AllanDeGroot
                                    MyCE Resident
                                    Posted on: 10 Aug 12 23:54
                                      Quote:
                                      Originally Posted by debro
                                      Vista had some teething issues, manufacturers produced products that were under-spec and stuck vista on it, and the changeover from 32bit to 64bit was handled badly.

                                      There was nothing inherently bad about Vista, except people experience alot of problems. Service pack 1 basically fixed most major issues.

                                      Windows 7 was beautiful from day 1. Everything in Vista was fixed (it's the same OS, right), it had a few new features. The interface was more polished.

                                      Windows 8. Heavily Optimised for newer/current technologies. It performs faster than windows 7. It's quick, it's beautiful. It has the worlds most useless Graphical User Interface for PC's. It's basically useless for anyone that intends to WORK on their PC, and when I say work, I mean serious email, internet and Office type applications.

                                      I'm dreading my next (work) PC upgrade.
                                      My Home PC, I can just butcher and upgrade parts and keep windows 7.
                                      Actually Vista is more like a Ferrari body on a modified Corvette frame,
                                      if you actually look there are things visible in the folder structure., folders that are not actually there, but are in fact "Redirects"

                                      Vista is in essence a "prototype" that should have never seen the light of day outside the proving ground... the fact that they made it work
                                      (eventually) and sold it doesn't negate the mistake.

                                      Windows 7 is the "Ferrari" in the analogy, the fake folder redirects are gone.

                                      as an educational experience take a hard drive and install it in a C2D or better computer and run a vista installer on it, install all the drivers
                                      and verify that all is working... run upgrades until none are found and then make a note of space used on the HDD... Now run a windows7 upgrade on it watch while the installation SHRINKS by nearly 5gb.

                                      to carry that analogy a step farther Windows 8 is the "Chevy Volt"
                                      of operating systems, it does things we don't want and won't do things most of us want it to do.

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                                      Kenshin
                                      MyCE Resident
                                      Posted on: 11 Aug 12 01:51
                                        Quote:
                                        Originally Posted by DrageMester
                                        Isn't that the Interface-formerly-known-as-Metro which is already in there?
                                        This is one more thing we need for Windows 8.

                                        Steve Ballmer already uses it. The founder of Perceptive Pixel, or PPI, now reports to Kurt DelBene of Microsoft Office Division. Apple has also tried to make all the desktops and laptops touch-ready.

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