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Report: Windows XP Still Dominates U.S. PCs

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a b $ Windows 7
September 1, 2010 11:15:33 PM

XP just needs to die already, there should only be support and updates for businesses
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September 1, 2010 11:17:12 PM

I bet half those PCs are running Pentium 4s.
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September 1, 2010 11:18:48 PM

The number for Windows XP is likely much higher considering many computers are not connected to the internet.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 1, 2010 11:21:32 PM

XP stills works well for me on 4 machines. W7 also works well on one. But some of my hardware and software have no W7 support. The newer games look better in W7. Our 3,600 computers at work are still on XP and will remain so for for the foreseeable future - software compatibility issues, you know....
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a b $ Windows 7
September 1, 2010 11:22:10 PM

"I bet half those PCs are running Pentium 4s,"

Exactly! My company wanted to upgrade our PC's, since the warranty ran out in 2008. Bu then they saw how many we have, and the "imaging" software isn't supported in Win7.
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September 1, 2010 11:24:12 PM

dont knock p4's. I had one. the only crippling thing about that system was the lack of pci e. At least with my p4+ati 9250, i could alt+tab in and out of WoW or any game that could run. Fat chance doing that with my phemon IIx4+5750. All my games crash when i alt+tab now
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September 1, 2010 11:26:30 PM

I use XP 64 at work and xp32/64/7 at home, must say my gaming is a lot less buggy when on XP, switching apps is a breeze on XP while 7 freezes sometimes.
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September 1, 2010 11:26:49 PM

obviously you cant upgrade to win 7 from XP without losing anything, that is why 50% of the market is still running XP, its a shame too, a recent report stated that over 40 hours per employee were lost every year just rebooting and waiting for XP to shut down, quit beating the horse on life support and just let it die.
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September 1, 2010 11:34:19 PM

I am still running on XP too cause it is more stable and light
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September 1, 2010 11:34:46 PM

...and grass is green.

XP has been the standard for most businesses for years now. At least give Windows 7 a few years to catch up.
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September 1, 2010 11:36:11 PM

ScoobyJooby-Jewdont knock p4's. I had one. the only crippling thing about that system was the lack of pci e. At least with my p4+ati 9250, i could alt+tab in and out of WoW or any game that could run. Fat chance doing that with my phemon IIx4+5750. All my games crash when i alt+tab now

I just sold my old prescott system.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 1, 2010 11:43:28 PM

what imaging software do they need, just have a linux box and use dd in the command line
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September 1, 2010 11:45:10 PM

I still keep a XP box around for some old apps and games but all my other systems are running Win7 or OSX.
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September 1, 2010 11:57:57 PM

Darkv1I still keep a XP box around for some old apps and games but all my other systems are running Win7 or OSX.


thats what windows xp mode is for, i use it when needed and it gets the job done
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September 2, 2010 12:27:17 AM

Looks like Mac and Linux are sitting on 7%
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September 2, 2010 12:45:15 AM

XP will still be around for awhile. it was a good OS, and vista bad rep has discouraged people to new OSes. people will move to 7 with time (and DX11 also *crosses fingers*).
also: the school district that i did work in the summers for is starting to put in windows 7 machines to replace all the XPs, the XPs wont be phased out for a long time(and i mean a long time, we are just getting rid of the beige beasts).
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September 2, 2010 12:47:09 AM

every developer just needs to stop developing with xp in mind.
we need to get xp off the market.

xp was good, but now it's only holding us back.
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September 2, 2010 1:05:53 AM

XP Mode sorry to say is useless for old games that require actual 3d Accelleration I rebuilt my AGP system so I dont have to worry about Win7/2k8 backward problems.
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September 2, 2010 1:08:32 AM

XP will still rule the world until the requeriment for applications require better hardware. For the 80%? (And I think I am running short here) of the world XP suits their need perfectly.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 2, 2010 1:48:44 AM

Win 7 is vastly superior to XP. Win 7's use of memory and multicore processors makes it a must have for anyone who wants to get the best out of their system. This is across the board not just in games. I used XP for 7 years then went to Vista (which was quite the experience in frustration) and now Win 7. I would never go back.
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September 2, 2010 2:00:07 AM

ScoobyJooby-Jewdont knock p4's. I had one. the only crippling thing about that system was the lack of pci e. At least with my p4+ati 9250, i could alt+tab in and out of WoW or any game that could run. Fat chance doing that with my phemon IIx4+5750. All my games crash when i alt+tab now


Then your installation has some serious problems mate.
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September 2, 2010 3:56:30 AM

Ugh, what's with the QQ against XP? A lot of people are still rocking old hardware or peripherals and a lot only use Word and check their email. XP is fine and will stay with us for a long time.

On newer hardware by all means get Windows 7. Basta.
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September 2, 2010 4:12:04 AM

Honestly, if you don't need to, I see no reason to upgrade.
I started using Win7 a year and 8 months ago (grabbed a copy of build 7000).
I wasn't a fan of Vista, so I put Win7 on both my main system and my fathers laptop. No regrets here.
My mother on the other hand would have been happy with XP for years to come. As long as she has her farmville and email.
XP is simple, cheap, easy. If you have simple needs, honestly, it makes sense.
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September 2, 2010 4:38:17 AM

I realize that XP's unusual life cycle has gotten people used to the way XP does things, but honestly, these are the same people that will never let technology progress because you just won't let XP die already.

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September 2, 2010 5:07:06 AM

XP is fine if all you do is surf the net and use word. For game developers on the other hand, they need to completely kill off XP and not support dx9 ever again. The computers that still use XP are incapable of running newer games so there is absolutely no reason to continue supporting it. None.
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September 2, 2010 5:09:27 AM

XP isn't holding anyone back, people are holding back on their own. Everyones needs and expectations are different with operating systems, when people have the need and desire they will upgrade. I don't believe stopping support or haulting improvements to an OS. is the proper way to kill an operating system. Over time Windows 7 should do just fine, it's already sold a bazzillion copies.
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September 2, 2010 5:19:26 AM

We would've seen Windows XP die a whole lot faster if we hadn't had this recession. It's caused buyers to be in the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mode. That, and two words: Legacy Software. Why would companies spend big bucks for new computers and Windows 7 if they were forced to use XPM, anyway?
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September 2, 2010 6:08:30 AM

If Microsoft brought back the Win7 Family Pack, I'd upgrade tomorrow. Otherwise it will cost me about $600 to upgrade.
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September 2, 2010 6:11:22 AM

I still maintained old working pc with database application on it and it is working find.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 2, 2010 7:03:55 AM

Who cares about the poor country USA anymore?
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September 2, 2010 7:04:18 AM

I use XP. If the upgrades and features were worthy of being a new operating system then why did they have to change how the interface looked. I feel insulted. They should have started charging for service packs. Or include the option to use the XP GUI.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 2, 2010 7:24:54 AM

If u kill Xp too fast, people just to LINUX.

WIN 7 64bit
If u want >4GB RAM, Proc >2 cores & so call ready for future software & games DX10,11

Win Xp 32bit
WIth =< 3GB Ram, Proc 1,2or 3 cores. Play WOW, Starcraft 2, Office, Facebook, E-mail, YouTube. I see no reason to upgrade.
Xbox 360 is still DX9

I m waiting for Win 8 lol
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September 2, 2010 7:33:14 AM

mindless728XP just needs to die already, there should only be support and updates for businesses

Win 7 is not a must! The vast (yes VAST) majority of normal PC users are served just fine with XP, pentium 4 + onboard graphics etc. Honestly, you tech junkies at Tom's get carried away sometimes.

Even I still rock my XP till now despite having Win7 on another HDD.
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September 2, 2010 7:34:50 AM

Wait for Win7 SP1 and then companies and schools will start upgrading.
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September 2, 2010 7:39:08 AM

tomc100The computers that still use XP are incapable of running newer games


I was running XP until January, I run all the new games. It's not just grandmas that haven't upgraded, I know several gamers that skipped Vista.

peacenikIf u kill Xp too fast, people just to LINUX.


Not likely, they'll just keep using XP without support, most people don't actually take advantage of the support anyway so they won't even notice if MS cuts off updates.

compfreak93Wait for Win7 SP1 and then companies and schools will start upgrading.


I'm expecting a 10% jump by the end of the year, but that's just a number pulled out of my ass.
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September 2, 2010 7:47:40 AM

ares1214 said:
Looks like Mac and Linux are sitting on 7%

Don't forget Win 2000 and Win 9x. As surprising as it may seem there are still people running these.

Use the tool that works best for you. I don't believe we should just "kill off" XP for the sake of getting rid of it. If XP is the right tool for the job then upgrading to Windows 7 is simply wasting money. I dare say Microsoft will have the same issue with XP as they did IE6.
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September 2, 2010 7:52:48 AM

randomizerDon't forget Win 2000 and Win 9x. As surprising as it may seem there are still people running these.


The paper mill I worked at a few years back still had a machine running 95, the software for the equipment it was hooked up to didn't support anything better so they just took it off the network and left 95 on it. Don't know what they'll do when the computer dies.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 2, 2010 8:14:04 AM

The reason XP is holding on so well is mainly it has a higher usability than win7. Why MS moved and change things about in win7 is beyond me, they have made many things take that much more time to do. One question for you all, has anyone been able to create a file in "C:\". They have also totally f--ked up Windows Explorer. MS stop trying to copy MAC if I wanted that I'd buy a bloody MAC!
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a b $ Windows 7
September 2, 2010 9:18:38 AM

I have a dual boot setup with xp and 7. I still play all games on xp as its just faster dx10-11 dont make enough difference for me to notice when playing fps I just dont care what the grass looks like. windows 7 is much better for media and general mucking about on the net.
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September 2, 2010 9:26:25 AM

I still use WinXP on both my laptop (2007) and brand new desktop even though I have 7 Ultimate on both. I just prefer the interface of XP more...much quicker for power users than all the noob features of 7 like Favorites, Library, searching, etc.
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September 2, 2010 9:45:23 AM

If it isn't broken then do fix it.
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September 2, 2010 10:47:03 AM

From a work perspective, I really wish MS would kill all support for XP and force companies to go to Windows 7. This is getting annoying.
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September 2, 2010 10:47:48 AM

Very few PC users need more than 3GB's of RAM which means they only need a 32bit OS. XP is still the best 32bit OS so its common sense really. It could take about 2 years before a large percent of the PC population is forced to 64bit. I'm on XP and there are no games or application software requiring more than my 2GB's of RAM. Microsoft has made the RAM limit the reason for upgrade and its going to be a bumpy ride.
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September 2, 2010 10:53:33 AM

Interesting to note between XP, Vista & 7, the total figure is 96% for the USA, but only 92.1% for Europe, but that uptake of 7 is higher for 7 in Europe.
I read this as people were getting pretty tired of Windows XP for a while and went Open-source/Linux/Apple more readily in Europe than in the USA, but when an actual good Microsoft replacement came out they did exactly the same and followed a product that actually delivered.
Sure.
You can say that MS unreasonably tries to push its product at point-of-sale on pre-installed systems, and the higher overall Windows usage in the USA would indicate that could be true, but in Europe they dont have the same high-pressure sales methods but Windows 7 is more popular in an environment where non-Windows products have a higher uptake.
Digest that for a while, Windows 7 FTW.
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September 2, 2010 11:45:21 AM

mindless728XP just needs to die already, there should only be support and updates for businesses


+1
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September 2, 2010 12:17:32 PM

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Most people that upgrade thier systems constantly are gaming enthusiasts.
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September 2, 2010 12:22:45 PM

The problem is that old equipment and software is all the vast majority of people really need. Outside of high end gaming and specialty software, a XP pc with a P4 cpu with Office 2003 and IE8 is just fine (just make sure you don't surf for porn and your anti-virus is up to date). Most people don't need a Corei cpu with 8 gigs of ram running a 64 bit OS to check email, run Office and surf the web. When I was a kid people kept and used electronics for 10 - 20 years and often only replaced them when the device broke. As long as the product does what you want/need it to do, there is nothing wrong with keeping it.
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September 2, 2010 12:25:27 PM

Things are looking interesting in Australia (I live over here). XP is going down relatively fast, 7 is edging out Vista, Linux is at pretty much nothing and unfortunately, OS X is around 12%...
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September 2, 2010 12:29:13 PM

Report: This report sounds like common sense to me. This just in, Video games are still being played. More to come.
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