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Survey Shows that Windows 7 is Still the Favorite

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A survey conducted by a large Windows 8 forum found that Windows 7 is much more popular than Windows 8.

According to the survey by Forums Windows 8, 53 percent of respondents said Windows 7 was their favorite operating system, followed by Windows 8 with 25 percent and Windows XP with 20 percent.

While we could assume that users of a Windows 8 Forum are, in fact, early Windows 8 users, there was no information if this was actually the case. The respondent base of more than 50,000 people may have been diluted with some Windows 7 users simply looking for information about Windows 8.

On the other hand, 26 percent of respondents answered that they had tried Windows 8, so it's possible that almost the entire group who tried the new OS named it their favorite.

However, among those who had experience with Windows 8, the fast boot up feature was the most welcome improvement (56 percent or respondents chose this feature), followed by easy installation with 50 percent and IE10 with 35 percent. The touch UI came in as the ninth most popular feature with 22 percent. The least popular features were Windows 8's price (35 percent), its system requirements (26 percent), incompatibilities (25 percent), freezes and crashes (20 percent) and its two UI styles (18 percent).

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  • 28 Hide
    edogawa , September 28, 2012 7:44 PM
    Windows 7 is great, I foresee it lasting as long as XP.
  • 22 Hide
    ben850 , September 28, 2012 8:49 PM
    JustPosting38XP for life!


    Brother, I used to be in your boat. Windows 7 is where it's at. Trust me.
  • 22 Hide
    pit_1209 , September 28, 2012 8:00 PM
    reprotectedWhat about Vista?


    hasta la vista!!!!
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  • 28 Hide
    edogawa , September 28, 2012 7:44 PM
    Windows 7 is great, I foresee it lasting as long as XP.
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    reprotected , September 28, 2012 7:57 PM
    What about Vista?
  • 22 Hide
    pit_1209 , September 28, 2012 8:00 PM
    reprotectedWhat about Vista?


    hasta la vista!!!!
  • 10 Hide
    makaveli316 , September 28, 2012 8:01 PM
    pit_1209hasta la vista!!!!


    ..baby!
  • 1 Hide
    Anonymous , September 28, 2012 8:09 PM
    XP for life!
  • 20 Hide
    Cryio , September 28, 2012 8:15 PM
    Vista vanilla was crap. Vista SP1 was great. SP2 was pure perfection.

    Windows 7 both vanilla and SP1 redefined perfection.

    Windows 8 vanilla will maybe be good. Time will tell. The Service Pack will be an interesting piece of software, if we are to believe the rumors.
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    master_chen , September 28, 2012 8:35 PM
    Quote:
    Windows 7 is still the favorite, BY FAR.

    OMG...
    You know what I think? THIS.
  • 22 Hide
    ben850 , September 28, 2012 8:49 PM
    JustPosting38XP for life!


    Brother, I used to be in your boat. Windows 7 is where it's at. Trust me.
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    makaveli316 , September 28, 2012 8:53 PM
    People who are still running XP are people with ancient hardware or people who only know to click on that IE icon on the desktop and that's understandable.
    Otherwise is pure madness.
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    ben850 , September 28, 2012 9:04 PM
    makaveli316People who are still running XP are people with ancient hardware or people who only know to click on that IE icon on the desktop and that's understandable.Otherwise is pure madness.


    Not sure about modern Win7 with updates, but I was able to run Win7 Beta on an old AMD machine:

    Socket 939 with Opteron 180 (2.4GHZ dual core)
    2GB SDRAM
    9800GT for the slick graphics and animations.


    The OS ran very smooth.
  • 6 Hide
    A Bad Day , September 28, 2012 9:07 PM
    JustPosting38XP for life!


    Until 2014. Then all support, including security patches, stop.

    Have fun patching your own OS.
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    hannibal , September 28, 2012 9:11 PM
    How long the XP was the most popular.... Many many years and even after win 7, it was long time very popular. So I am not surpriced that win 7 is "still" more popular than win 8... Silly survey. Win 8 is so much different, that it may take a couple of years until people in warm up to it in big scale.
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    bllue , September 28, 2012 9:24 PM
    Windows 7 has been flawless for me. 0 issues whatsoever. But I'm keeping an open mind and might give W8 a shot in the future
  • 4 Hide
    leongrado , September 28, 2012 9:27 PM
    This is news?
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 28, 2012 9:29 PM
    Yeah, yeah... and in 2008 WinXP was still the most popular. Blah, blah, blah.
  • 12 Hide
    devotiecon , September 28, 2012 9:44 PM
    Windows 7 is the best because it comes with a start button
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    Shin-san , September 28, 2012 10:09 PM
    Honestly, I have used Mac OSX, and I prefer Windows 7 x64
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2012 10:22 PM
    I will not use windows 8, and I will most likely wait for windows 9 and Haswell! By that time, Microsoft will be fixing the Glitch/Win8 and moving on from that! Win 8 will be renamed Windows TAB, or some other terrable moniker, and the every other cadence, that microsoft is so well known for, will continue!
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    husker , September 28, 2012 10:29 PM
    What kind of a moron would expect a not yet released product to be more popular than the current one??? This just in: People seem to prefer dying over the (yet to be released) immortality pill.
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    SteelCity1981 , September 28, 2012 11:30 PM
    Expect this trend to continue once your avg consumor buys a pc with Windows 8 on it wants to go back to Windows 7. We can debate about Windows 8 until we are blue in the face but we pc enthusiast aren't the ones that are going to decide Windows 8 fate since we only make up a small protion of the over all market. Who will decide it is the avg consumor. If the avg consumor doesn't take well to Windows 8 then it will go the way of Vista and become another unpopular Windows OS which will prompt MS to rapidly make changes to Windows 9 to better suit the consumor much like they did to Windows 7. I think Windows 8 will be less criticzed then Windows Vista was by the avg consumor, but at the same time it will be less popular then Windows 7 by the avg consumor as well.
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