Windows 7 Sets Early PC Sales on Fire

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • mlopinto2k1
  • tester24
    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.
  • cheepstuff
    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.
  • brendano257
    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 =/
  • lashabane
    I was hoping to read about something more literal. I like fire. :D
  • hmm how much of that 40% are mac sales though?
  • Aoster87
    thebobofbobs30hmm how much of that 40% are mac sales though?
  • Ehsan w
    how about.... 0.03%
  • captaincharisma
    you mean that new mac vs. PC ad is lying to us?!!!! LOL
  • bustapr
    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.