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Windows 7: Windows 7 has nearly caught Vista in worldwide installs

15 Mar 2010   #11
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

W98 lasted a long time for many and surprizingly is still being run on many old systems even now with 7 out. Once the newer hardwares and boards alike no longer supported it the move into a newer version if not already in use became a necessity. While XP had a degree note of Legacy support it certainly lacks the dos shell for running the real dos/9x programs being NT cored and run natively on NTFS while still capable of being installed on Fat primaries.

Vista being the newer feature loaded, background service, more secure and stable OS was a large hammer dropped on older systems resulting in large volumes of complaints for being the "Larger" OS running slower on all those older set ups! MS wasn't looking at the home user performance value but simply offering more features on an improved OS as far as the things noted there. It never saw all the BSODs the previous is noted for while sadly lacking 3rd party driver support in many cases as nviddmkm pointed out.

7 was the big turn around as far as the home consumer is concerned and why it has seen a great send off once launched. MS had to step back and take a serious look at what is a sellable OS in the present market! They had to realize "getting too big" in the OS dept. simply wasn't going to work! That's what actually hurt Vista there. 7 turned out to be the turning point in the right direction as we now know.

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15 Mar 2010   #12

Windows Vista

Just installed 7 on my desktop and notebook (desktop running Vista, Notebook running XP SP2.) Desktop is 2.5 years old, notebook is almost 4 years old. Bought 7 at release, but didn't install it. I bought the Home Premium Family Pack because it was a limited offer. Was hesitant to install 7 (I did try soon after I got it, but took it off because I didn't like the interface - I didn't understand it.)

Started having issues with Vista and incompatibilities with some of my software, and realized that it was time to re-install the OS, as I have discoverd becomes necessary with Windows as it matures on the system.

Decided to try 7 - figured I could always go back to Vista. Used the Easy Transfer program, and it sure made the swap easier. I love 7. It is what Vista should have been, and I liked Vista. No problems installing, no driver issues, just a much better OS.

Decided to install on my notebook. Only problem there was the audio driver, but I found the driver, and the system is running beautifully. I was finally able to add my printers to the laptop (love HomeGroup) and share files. Couldn't do that with Vista. Both systems were running XP Professional, so had to do a Custom Install. Didn't need Professional anymore. Also didn't install the 64-bit version.

I think this version is going to be as successful as XP, and may be the most successful OS since Windows 95.

BTW both of my systems are HP Pavilion systems configured by me.
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15 Mar 2010   #13
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

The MS success was seen a little earlier then 95 with 3.1 and 3.11 prior to NT 3.1, 4.0. You can read up a little on the early stuff in the article quoted in another thread. The Birth of Windows: From Vaporware to Reality

Someone adked about removing 7 on a new laptop to replace it with XP since the customer was still a die hard XP fan or simply someone hesitate to update. Apparently that person didn't like the looks of 7 and the person making the inquiry was asking about bringing back the Classic Windows look to 7 if XP wouldn't go on.

That was a circumstance where the first response had to be making sure XP support was seen for any too new model laptop that may have only been out long enough to see Vista as a choice besides 7. 7 has already proven itself to be a champ here having just restored the system image created with the tools in 7 with all going well. Seen with Vista Ultimate but not Home Premium most 7 editions now offer this feature which can save the day over the previous versions as another consideration for the typical novice user.
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17 Mar 2010   #14

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

I don't know how accurate that data is - That's just based off of the visitors to their website, if I'm not mistaking.

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17 Mar 2010   #15

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

I don't believe that is anywhere near accurate.

I have seen similar figures based on website visits with 7 at about 5% and Vista at about 17%.

Nevertheless, it is a good start for 7.

This is mainly to do with the release of 7 in time for the holiday season - when a lot of new machines are bought, and an upturn in the economy resulting in a surge of laptop sales due to pent up demand from people holding off buying machines for the last couple of years.

They got the timing wrong with Vista release so it didn't take off so fast.

7 market share is absolutely guaranteed to grow. The average buyer has no choice. Unless they go for a Mac, ( or build their own ) their next machine will come with 7 on it.
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17 Mar 2010   #16
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

I haven't heard anymore from the person asking how to remove 7 from a new laptop for one of his own customers to stick XP on. I can't see going backwards at this point especially with 7 being a sucess story in comparison to not just one previous version but the entire line going back to the 1.0-3.0, 3.1 days.

Vista wasn't seen too soon but too late due to delays when considering those but was geared for systems you now see available. OS wise it was late while hardwise it was early. MS got caught in a sort of catch 22 there!

The initial reactions plus the expanded public availability of the beta and RC builds to try out gave 7 the best word of mouth advertising any version has seen! It should actually surpass Vista sales in the same amount of time once that point is reached.
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