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Percentage Of XP, Vista, 7 Users

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  1. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    It's about that time where the old hardware isn't doing enough for people with older computers, so they have to go out and buy a new one that has Windows 7 installed already.

    Something I noticed around here on campus is that most machines run Windows 7, but then places like my "math lab" (essentially a room with around 300 desktop computers in it) have all Windows XP machines.
     
  3. Firebreather

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    Maybe you are right..... Even at our university most of the computers (both laptops and desktops) run XP. Very few are there with Windows 7. Thankfully, our ergonomics lab has both XP and 7.

    Another thing I noticed is that not everyone is comfortable using 7..... God knows why, they still prefer XP.
     
  4. flavallee

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    The simplicity of XP compared to 7 is what I believe keeps many people from making the switch from XP to 7 and what keeps XP still so popular.

    As long as hardware and software have support for XP, I don't see its demise anytime soon.

    Let's see what happens after Microsoft stops supporting it in Spring 2014.

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  5. Noyb

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    W7 ..
    Can't see Icons on the desktop without disabling Thumbnail Browsing.
    Can't manually sort the contents of a folder.
    Can't customize the R Click Context menus
    Doesn't like my KVM switching and dual displays.
    Can work faster in XP without all the Nag/Confirmation popups .. Even if it didn't have a SSD
    As near as I can tell at this point .. W8 is just W7 with a new interface.
     
  6. SevenUp132

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    Sorry but...
    I can see my icons on the desktop without disabling thumbnail browsing.
    I can manually sort content of a folder.
    I can customize my R Click context menu.
    All the KVM switching and dual, triple and quad display I've done so far works like a charm.
    All the new hotkeys and the docking system makes win7 much,much faster.
    Finally, W8 is still at development state and cannot be compared to any polished OS.
    ...I dont know what your talking about.
     
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    interesting find, flavallee.....going to have to explore that.
     
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    If you’ve found a way to disable Thumbnail viewing on the Desktop ONLY ..
    I’d sure like to know how .. I can’t see/find what I’m working with .. And I'd like to be able to use my all of my customized Icons.
    Were’s the animated gif Image or the movie ???

    Rather than HiJack this thread .. PM me
     

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    I'd like to know how they collected their data. If it's by computer and laptop sale and the OS on them, then it would be a flawed accounting since people change them (upgrade or downgrade). I'm just curious.
     
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    Just saw another stat (forgot where) that says with the advent of smartphones and tablets, IE has finally sunk below 50% of the total browser usage.......thought that was impressive as well.
     
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    everytime you open a web-page, YOUR computer sends that info - just to be able to do the 'hand-shake' - [to be able to display the page for you], haven't you ever noticed some sites even telling you your version of windows and your browser and version?

    so you just have to have an app that will keep track of that statistic for you - then write an article about it :)

    how about this:
    http://www.google.org/flutrends/

    then here:
    How does this work?
    http://www.google.org/flutrends/about/how.html
     
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    Daniel,
    I don't mean to be dense but, basically it only calculated the people that were on a certain webpage? If that's the case it's still flawed. One person (whose OS is XP) might go on that page 10 times whereas another (Whose OS is Win7) might have only gone to that page once. Or maybe I am misunderstanding?
    Actually I do believe that XP is still way out front (in terms of quantity) of Windows 7 , and that is just going by our school district. We aren't ready yet (old equipment, not enough RAM, software issues- not to mention the cost) to migrate over to 7 yet. I imagine many are in the same boat.
     
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    i don't personally know - i read the article also - it didn't seem to say - if the info had been gleaned from a number of browser search engines, etc - BUT - that's the WHY you can make numbers SEEM to back you up for whatever kind of statement one chooses to make :D :p

    i wouldn't doubt that for a moment - for instance, i still smoke - BUT - less than 18%, [if we are to believe a bunch of numbers] - still do - HOWEVER - look inside at people in their vehicles going up and down the highways - i just don't seem to find that finding to seem to hold water :D :p

    and if congress doesn't get their heads from where they DON'T belong and start doing something for this country - may be a whole lot of companies AND individuals staying with some of the older oses

    there, better get off my soapbox and quit hi-jacking the thread or flavallee will be throwing rocks at me :D
     
  14. flavallee

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    Judging by the number of people in these forums who still use Windows XP in older computers and who buy newer computers with Windows Vista and Windows 7 and then downgrade them to Windows XP, it's pretty obvious that a large number of them are still happy with Windows XP - regardless of what the true percentage of Windows XP users is.

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    Five PC's and one Media Center, all XP save one - so 5 to 1. Considering upgrading Media Center (MCE2005) to WIN 7 Home Prem. as MS has killed the MCE2005 TV Guide which kills the easy PVR feature setup and some other feature I don't recall.

    Do not plan to upgrade the other four PC's (and all but one would run WIN 7), not so much for economics, although that plays a part, just don't have any reason as they all run just fine with XP. Where economics really kicks in is newer software and hardware peripherals I have that won't run under WIN 7 and may or may not work in W7 XP Mode virtual, which is really a PITA IMHO.

    I'd venture a guess that my 5:1 ratio is pretty close to the average XP vs. W7. With the economy in it's current state I'd expect most corporation and small business see no drastic need to upgrade and with WIN 8 just around the corner will probably wait. Most of my industrial customers remain with XP. As I build my own PC's I'm fairly flexible - laptops, not much choice. Two of my PC's also dual boot with Ubuntu, which gets better and better with each release. I don't believe MS is in the drivers seat at this point.
     
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