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Windows 7: Windows 7: The New XP?

13 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Windows 7: The New XP?

When Windows 8 comes out, my guess is that people will stay away from the new version of the operating system and stick with Windows 7.

By Preston Gralla, Computerworld Jun 13, 2012 6:12 pm

Windows 7: The New XP?Windows XP was one of Microsoft's greatest successes and greatest failures: A success because it was so rock-solid, a failure because it was so good that many people didn't want to upgrade to Windows Vista. Based on initial looks at Windows 8, Windows 7 may well be the new XP.

Windows XP was first released in 2001, and because of its speed, stability, and simplicity, has been a winner ever since. Even though it's going on 11 years old, it's still the most popular version of Windows according to Net Applications, with a 44.85 percent market share as of May 2012, compared to 40.51 percent for Windows 7 and 6.88 percent for Windows Vista.

Not everyone agrees that XP is the most popular version of Windows. As of May 2012, StatCounter has Windows 7 with 48.93 percent market share, and XP with 31.06 percent market share. It reports Windows Vista as having 8.38 percent market share.

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13 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64

I think this is true. I have been testing out Windows 8 since the Developer Preview, but after trying the Consumer Preview and the Release Preview I have made the choice to go back to 7 and stay there, unless I end up owning some kind of tablet in the near future.
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13 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I fully agree, I tried Windows 8 and also went back to Windows 7 and will not be installing it on my laptop or PC but will definitely buy a windows 8 tablet later in the year.
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13 Jun 2012   #4
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

That is a real possibility. Worse even, a lot of people will stay on XP if they can manage with the hardware support. So there will be an impact on the PC sales too. But maybe the OEMs are smart and offer the Windows 7 option even when Windows 8 is out.
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13 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by echrada View Post
I fully agree, I tried Windows 8 and also went back to Windows 7 and will not be installing it on my laptop or PC but will definitely buy a windows 8 tablet later in the year.
I feel the same, I've tried windows 8 and deleted it and will be sticking with 7.
If I ever did buy a tablet I'm sure 8 may work quite well. I personally would never install it on a desktop or laptop I just don't think it works well.

When they eventually release Windows 9 they should offer two different types, metro for tablets and a desktop version. That's if they do stick with the Metro UI.
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13 Jun 2012   #6

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Unless I missed an earlier announcement by Microsoft, this is the first time that I can recall they've admitted that Windows 8 was not meant for traditional desktop users.

According to Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president of Windows Web Services . . . Windows 7 is the last in a line of OSes that began with Windows 95, designed primarily for desktop PCs that are always connected to a power source and act as the main repository for users' applications, data and content. On the other hand, Windows 8 is designed for the world's shift to mobile devices that run on batteries and to applications and content that live dispersed in a variety of web sites and must be constantly available.
Microsoft tries to promote Windows 8 without hurting Windows 7 sales | ITworld
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13 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Profesional 64 bit

I have treid the preview of windows 8 and I have to be honest I really did not like it and will definately be staying with windows 7 for the foreseable future
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13 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Nothing new to me. I usually skip over releases of software and hardware. I had XP, skipped Vista, have Windows 7, I'll Skip 8. Hopefully Windows 9 (or whatever it's called) is better).
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13 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

For me, Windows XP works really well. Windows 7 is better, way better, but what works just works. I hate this new release new operating system every 3 years cycle. It should be every 5 years, so they can perfect the operating system. Microsoft isn't getting my money on Windows 8 or any new operating system that has Metro. I can't stand Metro. I, too, switched back to Windows 7 from Windows 8. If only Windows XP were supported longer then it will still be widely used, becasue it works. Microsoft needs to make 2 operating systems, one for tablets and one for pcs.
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13 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I think a key reason why people used XP so much was that they got ahold of volume license keys and can run an unlimited # of machines without activation.

With the introduction of Vista and 7, and continuing with 8, you have to activate. While there are methods and hacks to circumvent these activations, they are much more involved that simply using a VLK for Windows XP.
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