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Windows 7: Windows 7 overtakes Windows Vista in market share


07 Aug 2010   #11

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Hi there
I DID try Vista and it really ran like a dog so I switched back to XP for a while until Windows 7 came out and went straight to Windows 7.

OK the LATER SP versions of VISTA were probably better the poor hapless souls who had the operating system forceably pre-installed on less than adequate hardware certainly DID hae a point in saying the OS was next to useless on these older machines.

Windows 7 is the product VISTA should have been -- maybe it was just corporate greed or bad management decisisons getting a product out of the door WAY BEFORE it's time - especially considering the hardware that was in use at the original time of VISTA's release.

Of course by the time the service packs were released some hardware had improved considerably so VISTA could run almost passably -- however thats history as Windows 7 is better every which way you care to look at it.

I just wondered why it's taken so long to overtake VISTA.

It will still be a long while before XP is out of the picture as there are millions of perfectly satisfactorily running machines out there a lot with some really old peripherals and other legacy hardware -- where many of the original manufactureres don't exist anymore so driver updates won't appear. These machines will be used until the relevant hardware no lomger functions.

Cheers
jimbo

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07 Aug 2010   #12

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Another 2 cents worth ... used Vista Ultimate on a work computer. It worked as well as could be expected. Comparing it to a companion XP Pro computer that performed flawlessly, Vista was also flawless. Maybe because our IT folks didn't scrimp on the hardware. The Vista machine had way more than Microsoft's minimum recommended specs for CPU, RAM, etc. We also had a few machines that were still running Windows 2000 w/SP4. And they were still going strong. I guess like all things beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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07 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

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I agree with you JMH, however I had bad experiences with Vista. I bought Vista and never got it working on my 2 Dell computers. Dell certified them Vista Ready. My mother bought a laptop with Vista and has had nothing but problems. (To be upgraded this month).

I went back to Windows XP on my Dell machines after fighting with Vista for 9 months. I then went from XP to 7 and I have not had any issues. Just my 2 cents.
What were the bad experiences?

Must have been before you found Windows Vista Forums
Way before I found the Vista Forums, I really wish I had found these Forums before I gave up on Vista, but that is water under the bridge.
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08 Aug 2010   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Like others have said, there's absolutely nothing wrong with Vista. I'm glad 7's market share is growing as much as it is, but that shouldn't be taken as evidence of Vista being a poor operating system, because it isn't. If we didn't have Vista, we wouldn't have 7 as we know it.
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08 Aug 2010   #15

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Pardon me if I'm wrong here...

But the percentages on the graph don't seem to be adding up. Something just doesn't seem right.
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08 Aug 2010   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
Pardon me if I'm wrong here...

But the percentages on the graph don't seem to be adding up. Something just doesn't seem right.
Yes, continuous thick line for Windows 7(rising) and the dot line for Vista.
I agree with Jan on this, Vista is a very good OS and I do not see any urgent need to switch to Windows 7 though I have nothing against it at all.
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08 Aug 2010   #17

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post

In my experience Vista's most virulent critics are those who NEVER used it.
+ over 9000
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08 Aug 2010   #18

 

Most of the people I know hated vista 9 months after it was released but mainly because it was usually installed on hardware that could barely run it.
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12 Aug 2010   #19

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Is there a list somewhere of the improvements of Windows 7 over Vista? Other than the fact that "more people like Windows 7", I just cant see it. At the same stage of development, it works better over all, but largely because lots of the incompatibilities with other HW and SW vendors has had a few years to get worked out. But what are the improvements INISDE WINDOWS that you like? Search? missing Quick Launch? a ton of unnecessary and irritating changes in Windows Explorer? If I had a choice, I would go back to Vista. Maybe Microsoft hired Karl Rove to help out with Windows 7.
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13 Aug 2010   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by periboob View Post
Is there a list somewhere of the improvements of Windows 7 over Vista? Other than the fact that "more people like Windows 7", I just cant see it. At the same stage of development, it works better over all, but largely because lots of the incompatibilities with other HW and SW vendors has had a few years to get worked out. But what are the improvements INISDE WINDOWS that you like? Search? missing Quick Launch? a ton of unnecessary and irritating changes in Windows Explorer? If I had a choice, I would go back to Vista. Maybe Microsoft hired Karl Rove to help out with Windows 7.
I'm not sure why you would post that kind of statement on what is basically a Windows 7 fan site, unless you're just trolling.

Windows 7 is more stable than Vista. It contains thousands of optimizations for the user experiences (changes in Explorer "unnecessary and irritating"? "Open in new window" is a life-saver). It greatly improves the Aero interface, giving a smoother more realistic look. For most people, it's faster. It's like the difference between a finely-crafted sword and a club.

I'm not sure why you can't go back to Vista, I'm guessing you're using Windows in a corporate environment, or in some other form where you don't have control of the software. Several people I know of have reverted to Vista; all have returned to Win 7 in short order.
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