Interesting…Newest OS Usage Statistics

By on January 1, 2014 9:55:13 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Interesting article at Neowin.

Looks like XP usage is dropping quickly: Down 3.38% in a month. I didn’t see sample size stats, though.

By far, the highest usage for XP is in China, with a significant persentage of those pirated. Recently, China asked MS to extend XP support. That deserves a “Chutzy Award”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from  Neowin

 

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http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-xp-use-drops-fast-windows-81-moves-ahead-of-vista-in-decembers-os-data

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January 1, 2014 10:04:27 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

I may soon join the Win 8.1 movement. Win 8 was atrocious but the update seemed to handle most of my issues. But Win7 seems to be working fine for now.

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January 1, 2014 10:16:12 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I like XP, still have it on my laptop.  But April 2014 is coming soon.  I do like win7, on my desktop PC.  I'm someone who games, does a lot of writing (word processing) and is moving into video (low end - independent media-type). Win7 seems fine.   I'm not an under the hood gal, (as my noob questions elsewhere can attest). Is there any thing significant about win8.1 that I should seriously consider - or is 7x fine for now?

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January 1, 2014 11:13:22 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Well to be honest all statistics have one flaw, they can be manipulated by the collector of the numbers.  That being said there is no reason to believe that the numbers shown are not a representation of fact.  

 

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January 1, 2014 11:27:15 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I have to say this in defense of Windows 8/8.1.

 

I run 5 monitors with two graphics cards. 16 GB DDR3 Ram. 2 SSDs. 6 core CPU.

I have a dual boot system, so all the hardware is the same on both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

 

Using WindowFX ;

On Windows 7, windows dragged to the monitors attached to the second gfx card go invisible until you release. On Windows 8, that doesn't happen.

On Windows 7, running Deskscapes on 5 monitors is draggy/jumpy. On Windows 8.1, smooth as silk.

 

All the same hardware and drivers updated.

 

Windows 8 simply handles resources better. No doubt about it.

I have been using 8 or 8.1 as my main OS for nearly a year now, or at least 6 months. Very few problems, now that Stardock has "fixed" 8 to look more like 7.

 

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January 1, 2014 11:30:27 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

 

Quoting Philly0381,

Well to be honest all statistics have one flaw, they can be manipulated by the collector of the numbers.  That being said there is no reason to believe that the numbers shown are not a representation of fact.  

 
For me, stats aren't all that important. What I see working first hand is what I care about.

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January 1, 2014 2:49:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm not surprised to see XP and 7 leading the pack. Undisputedly the best Os's that Microsoft ever developed. I think that the future will show Win 7 users clinging desperately to what they have , much like the XP users of today. My gut feeling tells me that the whole Win8 debacle will fall along the wayside , much like Vista did. Perhaps , if Microsoft is smart , a new Win9 product, building on the foundation of the oh so sucessful Win7, will finally be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for Microsoft. Who knows what tommorrow may bring.


 

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January 1, 2014 4:11:33 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Pull out the non-MS OS's & XP is still 30% of the user base.  Would be very interesting to know how much of that actually is China.

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January 1, 2014 4:40:39 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Well, you'd get a smaller than truthful number as so many use a pirated XP. MS could only report licensed XP sales.

"But in China, where XP remains king, 72.1% of the country's computers relied on the soon-to-retire operating system last month, or nearly three out of every four systems. In any XP doomsday scenario, that means China is in a position four times more precarious than the U.S....

China, however, is in a tougher spot because while it's been shedding Windows XP at about the same clip as the U.S., the country's much larger current share puts it at a severe disadvantage. By April 2014, XP will still be on between 65.2% and 65.7% of its personal computers.

By April 2014, XP will still be on between 65.2% and 65.7% of its personal computers. Eight months from now, China's XP problem will be six or seven times bigger than the U.S.'s." https://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9241429/China_has_a_massive_Windows_XP_problem?pageNumber=1

 

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January 1, 2014 6:32:29 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

 

As I have stated more than a few times on these forums, windows 8 has quite a few 'under the hood' improvements over all other previous MS OS iterations.  Some of which may be useful/interesting to others some not.  Certainly it is indisputable however that (as RND has already pointed out in this thread) Windows 8 handles resources better than any MS OS before and that in itself should be seen as a big 'plus'. 

That old 2005 notebook of mine (shipped with XP Pro, over the years was reformatted to Vista Business, then Windows 7 Pro and now finally Windows 8 Pro) detailed here http://forums.stardock.com/439592/page/1/#3327263 is still running better than it ever has, thanks to Windows 8.  The fact that older hardware runs better with Windows 8 than any other previous MS OS says a lot to me.

Of course I'm sure MS will make even more significant changes with future OS's but for now Windows 8 is king in my home/office etc.  

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January 1, 2014 7:52:26 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I have Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 at home.

I have no preference between the two other than Windows 7 can be customized more with WindowBlinds which matters a bit for me.

There isn't anything in Windows 8 that compels me to upgrade from Windows 7 though.

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January 1, 2014 8:36:47 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Frogboy,

I have Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 at home.

I have no preference between the two other than Windows 7 can be customized more with WindowBlinds which matters a bit for me.

There isn't anything in Windows 8 that compels me to upgrade from Windows 7 though.

This statement made by anyone else would more than likely not carry as much weight or mean as much to community members. 

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January 1, 2014 8:46:49 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Philly0381,

Quoting Frogboy, reply 10
I have Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 at home.

I have no preference between the two other than Windows 7 can be customized more with WindowBlinds which matters a bit for me.

There isn't anything in Windows 8 that compels me to upgrade from Windows 7 though.

This statement made by anyone else would more than likely not carry as much weight or mean as much to community members. 

You'd get the exact same comment from me too....[other than mine's 8 not 8.1]....

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January 1, 2014 8:59:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Frogboy,
There isn't anything in Windows 8 that compels me to upgrade from Windows 7 though.

A statement I have made many times as well. OEM's may force the "next big thing" on the public but since I will never buy another off the shelf desktop, I will choose what OS I will run.

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January 1, 2014 9:27:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Frogboy,
There isn't anything in Windows 8 that compels me to upgrade from Windows 7 though.

This is my main reason.

 

Quoting RedneckDude,
Using WindowFX ;
On Windows 7, windows dragged to the monitors attached to the second gfx card go invisible until you release. On Windows 8, that doesn't happen.
On Windows 7, running Deskscapes on 5 monitors is draggy/jumpy. On Windows 8.1, smooth as silk.

 

I'd be back on 7 in a heartbeat if support could figure out why this happens on 7. There's a thread about it, it's not only me that sees this problem.

 

I fully realize most people don't run 5 monitors... 

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January 1, 2014 9:55:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,
I fully realize most people don't run 5 monitors.

I run 5 monitors.....

 

....attached to 5 computers....

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January 1, 2014 10:46:41 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Microsoft need to just figure out what makes their odd-numbered operating systems better than the even-numbered ones.

Hopefully, Windows 9 will be awesomesauce.

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January 1, 2014 11:51:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,

Quoting RedneckDude, reply 14I fully realize most people don't run 5 monitors.

I run 5 monitors.....

 

....attached to 5 computers....

 

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January 2, 2014 3:59:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting MarvinKosh,

Microsoft need to just figure out what makes their odd-numbered operating systems better than the even-numbered ones.

Hopefully, Windows 9 will be awesomesauce.

I've said that many times. The oddness is is that its actually true. The even numbers seem to be quirky and I think its because newer innovations meant to improve upon the previous OS aren't that well thought out as in the case with Vista and now Win8. Win8.1 corrected some on those quirks but I have to agree with RnD as far as handling resources is concerned. I had limited experience with Win8 and it does take some getting used to. Should this trend continue Win9 really will be 'awesonesauce'.

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January 2, 2014 9:23:47 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums
I find it very odd that Microsoft's odd numbered OS's are the ones that really perform well.
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January 2, 2014 9:27:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This is a no-brainer for MS. Only give your OSes ODD numbers...problem solved.  

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January 2, 2014 9:30:13 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

With the demise of the desktop PC, do these stats really matter?

If you would include smartphones and tablets, then windows fares a lot worse.

I think that after some time, there will be a backlash from tablets back to PCs. People who are used to say Android on their tablet, would they want to upgrade to windows when they buy a PC, or do they want to stick with Android (if that is at all possible) ?

I like windows btw., I use it every day on my PC and it's pretty good.

 

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January 2, 2014 10:27:27 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums


I just upgraded to windows 7. Had to do soooo much tweaking though to get the OS to run the way I want it to...

 

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January 2, 2014 1:13:29 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting ElanaAhova,

I find it very odd that Microsoft's odd numbered OS's are the ones that really perform well.

 

That's just it.  Windows 8 performs better than any previous MS OS iteration to date. 

People of course can find patterns wherever they choose to look but that 'pattern' concerning even/odd numbered MS OS's has been most decidedly 'broken' with Windows 8 (at least in the performance category).  How 'liked' or not Windows 8 is on it's 'look' may be an entirely different thing and may suit someone else's pattern.

 

 

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January 2, 2014 2:24:58 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting GeomanNL,
With the demise of the desktop PC

I have news...the desktop PC is here to stay. No demise.

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January 2, 2014 2:34:27 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,
..the desktop PC is here to stay

No argument there. I'd like to see a 'Phablet/Tablet' handle the kind of memory a PC can or a huge HDD, say two to four TB. Not to mention the kind of power they're capable of. Gaming machines like Alienware is a good example. No Tablet and/or whatever is going to handle multiple HDD's or SSD's, multi-core processors like the dual quads or the graphics cards that are out there. PC's will always be here in one form or another.

 

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