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XP Users Aren't Really Jumping on Windows 7

Here's no big surprise: Windows XP users aren't really jumping on the Windows 7 express. Why? Because they're comfortable. Because they're afraid of change thanks to the blunders with Windows Vista. InfoWorld verifies that analysis, claiming that its Windows Pulse tracking service determined that 64-percent of its readers still use the legacy operating system.

According to the survey, 4-percent of real-world PC consumers now use Windows 7, many of which are new users, and not those who have upgraded from Vista or (if any) XP. InfoWorld claims that 10-percent of its readers now use the new OS, with Vista running at the 30-percent level.

"As Windows 7 picks up user share, it seems to be making most of its gains at the expense of Vista," InfoWorld reports. "In fact, there seems to be a direct correlation between Windows 7 adoption and Vista abandonment, with the latter losing a percentage point and the former gaining the same in a little over a week."

It's speculated that the early Windows 7 "surge" will eventually come to a slow grind as the hype wears off and corporations begin to refresh their systems with Windows 7.

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  • Eh, Windows 7 was just released a few weeks ago. One can hardly expect a massive upgrade in such a short time. Besides, unless users have upgraded their hardware and carried over their old XP, it's likely that they will want to upgrade their hardware first.

    I happen to fall into that category. While my current machine can run Windows 7 without trouble, I want to wait until I have my new gaming rig before I go through all the trouble of a new OS installation.
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  • marsax73
    I'll keep running XP until Win 7 makes it to SP1. That's only another year. By then, I will be able to upgrade my pc to better specs. Until then, XP runs just fine.
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  • bydesign
    They will be refreshed with new PC's no reason for anyone to really upgrade consumer or corporate.
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  • marsax73
    I'll keep running Xp until Win 7 SP1 comes out. My system runs just fine right now. Win 7 is a bunch of hype. I still don't like how much resources it takes up but by then, I can afford a newer system with 8 gigs of memory.
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  • tester24
    Well they will switch when their OS isn't supported then hackers take advantage of MS not patching their old operating system.

    I agree that it is still too early to say about Win 7 give it 6 months, by that time you will see a lot more people switching over.
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  • invlem
    Never upgrade an OS until the first service pack comes out...
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  • tester24
    marsax73I'll keep running Xp until Win 7 SP1 comes out. My system runs just fine right now. Win 7 is a bunch of hype. I still don't like how much resources it takes up but by then, I can afford a newer system with 8 gigs of memory.
    Are you serious 8 gigs of memory? If you have read any previous articles on the topic you really only need 3 gigs of memory heck 4 at the most. Win 7 has a lot better memory management over XP so programs don't just go hog wild on the memory and bleed the OS dry.
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  • lutel
    I'll stick to Windows XP until M$ release operating system without DRM which was designed AGAINST user not FOR user.
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  • one-shot
    One of my friends just installed Win 7 x64 over XP 32bit. It's hard to see new hardware from 2009 on an old OS from 2001.
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  • ssalim
    I have hard time justifying the cost to move to Win7 and the benefits I don't already have. I only use comp to browse, chat and play games (most people do those) and am already doing at comfortable speed/performance. If my WinXP croaks, I just reinstall. Problem solved. 90% of the time.
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