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Windows 7: Windows 7 not as popular as I thought...

28 Jun 2010   #11
Jugador

XP pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
There's always gotta be one in every crowd.
Yeah, that's me...the devils advocate!


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28 Jun 2010   #12
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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But if only it was OSX.....ahhh... OSX what a great OS, it always works, its easy to use, and its based off a 'nix kernel.
I'm sorry, OS X "always works"? Not in my very limited experience working with it. Give me Windows 7 x64 any day of the week, I've only gotten three/four one-time BSODs in 18 months, and that's split across two PCs. I have a crash maybe once a month, usually because I did something stupid. This will sound like a cliche, but Windows 7 FTW!

And I have no doubt that Windows 7 will come to top both Vista and XP, the only reason it hasn't already is because most people do not upgrade their OSes, they just use whatever their PC came with until they get a new PC.
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28 Jun 2010   #13
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

You can test-drive Win7 here if you wanna see what all the fuss is about before putting down money for the OS: Windows for Small and Midsize Business: Windows 7 Professional Test Drive

There is also a 90day trial for the enterprise version for IT pros:
Windows 7 Enterprise | Trial, Evaluation, Test, Download


And info on differences between XP, Vista, and Win7: Windows 7: Compare Windows 7 to Windows XP and Windows Vista
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28 Jun 2010   #14
Jugador

XP pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Hmmm... if you look at Steam's survey - Steam Hardware Survey we have....

XP... 32.3% (Note that XP usership is down by 3.8 since last month/survey)
Win 7 (64-bit)... 24.4%,
Vista (32-bit)... 14.5%.

Granted this is ONLY a snapshot of the "gaming" comunity so. And as noted, XP has been around for ages, plus many many people simply don't upgrade like we do. Given this i'm not suprised XP still has a huge footprint.

However.... you can't purchase XP anymore, and new machines are carrying Windows 7, and quite a bit by the way are carrying Windows 7 x64

So to say Windows 7 isn't quite as popular as XP is like saying new cars aren't as popular as old cars.... Well.... who's been around longer

My two cents
Thanks for the link, and good points. Sorry, I didn't make myself more clear. Of course, I realize that Win7 is new, and hasn't had time to overtake the other OS's, and I have no doubt it will. My point was that I was surprised by the current numbers. From what I had been hearing, hardly anyone was using Vista, and XP was quickly being replaced by Win7.

Maybe, I too, was getting my info from a gaming community.
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28 Jun 2010   #15
stpbby

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BCXtreme View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stpbby View Post
But if only it was OSX.....ahhh... OSX what a great OS, it always works, its easy to use, and its based off a 'nix kernel.
I'm sorry, OS X "always works"? Not in my very limited experience working with it. Give me Windows 7 x64 any day of the week, I've only gotten three/four one-time BSODs in 18 months, and that's split across two PCs. I have a crash maybe once a month, usually because I did something stupid. This will sound like a cliche, but Windows 7 FTW!

And I have no doubt that Windows 7 will come to top both Vista and XP, the only reason it hasn't already is because most people do not upgrade their OSes, they just use whatever their PC came with until they get a new PC.

3 years using OSX and maybe a 3 -4 crashes... and this was an issue with Azuerus/Vuze two years ago. Reboots only on certain updates, otherwise the computer never gets turned off, only goes into sleep mode. My windows 7 box on the other hand has to reboot regularly. a few crashes in 4 months, but not many. Definitely an improvement over the past versions of Windows.

As a user of both OS's, my opinion is that OSX is far superior to any version of Windows. But then again, I do understand that Windows has to provide support for ALOT of different kinds of hardware vendors.
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28 Jun 2010   #16
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Remember that many consumers simply use what their computers came with. So, those who bought XP or Vista boxes in the last 10 years are of course going to be on that. Many won't move to 7 until they buy a new computer and with the market being slow and such...many aren't upgrading their computers right now.
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28 Jun 2010   #17
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jugador View Post
Thanks for the link, and good points. Sorry, I didn't make myself more clear. Of course, I realize that Win7 is new, and hasn't had time to overtake the other OS's, and I have no doubt it will. My point was that I was surprised by the current numbers. From what I had been hearing, hardly anyone was using Vista, and XP was quickly being replaced by Win7.

Maybe, I too, was getting my info from a gaming community.
Yeah Iíll bet that if you broke those numbers down by groups you'd see some interesting things as to what group uses which OS, i.e. enthusiasts vs. non-enthusiasts. Looking at the steam numbers, things look a little different then the numbers posted in the original post.

At any rate, itís not that 7 isnít popular, itís that it hasnít been around as long as XP. Thus the comparisons arenít fair at this point in time.

A better comparison would be how are sales between the two at a given period (First year release sales vs. XPís first year release sales).
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28 Jun 2010   #18
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Yeah, i think manies that got XP and Vista will soon upgrade their computers to a new one and huge corporations starting to think swapping their OS...give it a year or so......
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28 Jun 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jugador View Post
Thanks for the link, and good points. Sorry, I didn't make myself more clear. Of course, I realize that Win7 is new, and hasn't had time to overtake the other OS's, and I have no doubt it will. My point was that I was surprised by the current numbers. From what I had been hearing, hardly anyone was using Vista, and XP was quickly being replaced by Win7.

Maybe, I too, was getting my info from a gaming community.
Yeah Iíll bet that if you broke those numbers down by groups you'd see some interesting things as to what group uses which OS, i.e. enthusiasts vs. non-enthusiasts. Looking at the steam numbers, things look a little different then the numbers posted in the original post.

At any rate, itís not that 7 isnít popular, itís that it hasnít been around as long as XP. Thus the comparisons arenít fair at this point in time.

A better comparison would be how are sales between the two at a given period (First year release sales vs. XPís first year release sales).

That would be the only really fair comparison.
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28 Jun 2010   #20
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BCXtreme View Post
And I have no doubt that Windows 7 will come to top both Vista and XP, the only reason it hasn't already is because most people do not upgrade their OSes, they just use whatever their PC came with until they get a new PC.
I'm not sure that 7 will top XP. Reason: MS wants to release another OS in 3 years time. So, some may simply skip right over 7 and onto the next thing.
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