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Windows 7 Sets Early PC Sales on Fire

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 35 comments

Sales are up 40 percent!

Surprise, surprise, the release of Windows 7 has sparked PC sales. Well, that shouldn't be any real surprise given all the hype and hoopla surrounding the OS that would 'save the PC recession', but now there are numbers showing Windows 7's initial effect.

The NPD Group has sales data that shows PC unit sales up 40 percent  year over year for the week ending October 24, reported BusinessInsider.

Of course, some of that surge could be from consumers holding off from buying a new PC in the earlier parts of October, as in the two weeks leading up to the Windows 7 release, sales were down 29 percent.

While there was an onslaught of new PCs released concurrently with Windows 7, numbers show that inventories in stores during early November are low, suggesting early retailer success.

Of course, only time will tell if this was just a temporary bump or if it is truly a revitalization of the PC industry.

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    captaincharisma , November 3, 2009 8:47 PM
    you mean that new mac vs. PC ad is lying to us?!!!! LOL
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    Aoster87 , November 3, 2009 8:35 PM
    thebobofbobs30hmm how much of that 40% are mac sales though?


    None?
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    brendano257 , November 3, 2009 7:39 PM
    Hopefully the market is on the rise :) 

    And on a side note...that 'Castrol' add is really annoying! Roll over it on accident EVERY TIME and it fills pretty much the whole page. Try to find less obnoxious adds =/
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    mlopinto2k1 , November 3, 2009 7:30 PM
    Cool.
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    tester24 , November 3, 2009 7:31 PM
    I think Windows 7 launched at a perfect time, what better way to gain marketshare than the Xmas shopping season with all the sales that retailers have. Sure the rise in sales wont all come from windows 7 but you can be sure that a lot of them will be. I do think that sales will continue to rise but not drop as fast as they normally do after the holiday season.
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    cheepstuff , November 3, 2009 7:39 PM
    microsoft put a boatload of time and money into this OS after vista. the sales (after they settle down) will likely reflect the change in quality and also the change in price.
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    brendano257 , November 3, 2009 7:39 PM
    Hopefully the market is on the rise :) 

    And on a side note...that 'Castrol' add is really annoying! Roll over it on accident EVERY TIME and it fills pretty much the whole page. Try to find less obnoxious adds =/
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    lashabane , November 3, 2009 7:46 PM
    I was hoping to read about something more literal. I like fire. :D 
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    Aoster87 , November 3, 2009 8:35 PM
    thebobofbobs30hmm how much of that 40% are mac sales though?


    None?
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    Ehsan w , November 3, 2009 8:41 PM
    aoster87None?


    how about.... 0.03%
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    captaincharisma , November 3, 2009 8:47 PM
    you mean that new mac vs. PC ad is lying to us?!!!! LOL
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    bustapr , November 3, 2009 8:49 PM
    thebobofbobs30hmm how much of that 40% are mac sales though?

    I don't know if i'm falling for a joke, but here it is.
    The article is about the rise of win7 sales, Mac is something else.
    Read the articles before commenting.
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    matt87_50 , November 3, 2009 9:07 PM
    so if that quality, completely impartial Toms article is true, I assume Mac sales are up 50%?
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    jerreece , November 3, 2009 9:10 PM
    NegativeXFirefox + Noscript + Adblock Plus is your friend.

    brendano257Hopefully the market is on the rise And on a side note...that 'Castrol' add is really annoying! Roll over it on accident EVERY TIME and it fills pretty much the whole page. Try to find less obnoxious adds =/


    I totally agree. After clicking a link at the top of one page, I end up mousing down as the page loads, and what do you know... I just moused over an advertisement that hadn't even loaded yet. Now I get a big ad covering the whole article.

    It is pretty annoying, I just haven't spoken out about it yet.
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    hakesterman , November 3, 2009 9:49 PM
    Apple Corporation is a joke, they have good products but have a marketing team that has no idea at all on how to enhance sales. They have choosen to take a sad and unrealistic approch at takeing stabs at their competition which currently has a 87 percent market share. Until they stop with their sad commercials and get back to fun advertisments that don't bad mouth the competion, their not going to go anywhere. And last but not least, Apple needs to stop playing their Itunes games and release teh Iphone to all carriers. If they do all the above they have a good chance of gaining seriuous market share in phones and in Pc's. Stop the games and everything turnes around, keep playing and nothing changes.
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    ominous prime , November 3, 2009 10:05 PM
    Windows did a pretty good job with 7, although when advertised as "Vista done right." I feel as though I shouldn't have to pay for 7 because they botched Vista so much. Ah well, that's what I get for being an early adopter. I think 7 is going to be mainstream in little time. It's leaps and bounds better than Vista. Or at least feels that way.
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    darkknight22 , November 3, 2009 10:20 PM
    I'll wait and see. Could be like cash for clunkers that stole a ton of sales from the future and crammed it in all at once.

    The invisible hand controls all.....
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , November 3, 2009 10:37 PM
    I hope this sparks some boost in PC Gaming :) 
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    godwhomismike , November 3, 2009 11:31 PM
    I was in Best Buy the last two weekends, and it looked like they were giving away laptops. A lot of people were buying laptops while I was there both times.
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    godwhomismike , November 3, 2009 11:56 PM
    All we need now is for AMD to wake up and release some very affordable quad core mobile processors, and six core desktop processors.
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    mcreskiller , November 4, 2009 12:03 AM
    Doesn't suprise. I brough my laptop to school today and now everyone wants windows 7 who has seen it what really gets them is aero shake (it cna be fun...) and also how fast it is its just sooo fast the program i use the most load faster over time not slower and its more then a service pack osx snow leopard is a service pack in my eyes
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    doc70 , November 4, 2009 12:04 AM
    on another positive note, I noticed that Marcus can write some decent articles that can appreciate WinOS and it's accomplishments... Now if only he could do without the teeth grinding tone in the background, that would be great... Example: the PC industry has always been..."revitalized"; no need for counter-arguments.
    Overall, good job and +1 to Microsoft for a great product!

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