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Windows Vista on only 39 percent of new PCs in 2007

Bill Gates’ keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show 2008 revealed a rather startling statistic with regards to the sales and acceptance performance of Windows Vista.

Gates told the audience that Windows Vista has sold more than 100 million copies since the operating system’s launch in January 2007. When comparing pure numbers against Windows XP, which sold only 89 million copies in its first year, Windows Vista appears to be a hit – but looking at the big picture sheds a different sort of light on the matter.

With the PC market at nearly twice the size today as it was in 2001, InformationWeek surmises that Windows Vista captured around 39 percent of the new PC market in its first year, while Windows XP managed to grab 67 percent of the new PC market during its initial period.

The rather lukewarm response to Windows Vista must be troubling for Microsoft. In response to customers with cold feet on the new OS, Dell in April 2007 brought back the option for its customers to choose Windows XP. Microsoft then took things another step further by allowing OEMs to downgrade Windows Vista Business and Ultimate installations to Windows XP.

In December 2007, PC World named Windows Vista the #1 Biggest Tech Disappointment of 2007.

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Testing XP and Vista in VPC2007
By Techno Pride on 1/8/2008 11:03:38 AM , Rating: 1
I've tried XP SP2, Vista Business (trial) and Server 2008 Std (RC) in VirtualPC 2007. CPU/diskIO-sapping features like menu "fading" and System Restore were disabled.

Pretty much a level playing field since it's all within VPC2007, except the RAM where XP has a handicap :>
XP SP2 -> 768MB RAM
Vista Biz/Server2008 -> 1280MB RAM

Vista business was consistently slower than the other 2. I never did understand why Start->ControlPanel has such a noticable lag time.

Server 2008 RC contains Vista SP1 and it is noticably faster than Vista Biz. I'm not sure whether it's due to certain services being turned on/off or optimizations done by Microsoft in SP1. Still not as fast as XP.

I'll stick with XP. It does all I need it to. I must admit those Vista DX10 Bioshock screenshots I see floating on the Internet look really nice. Probably worth the Vista upgrade if you play the latest, most violent games :>

RE: Testing XP and Vista in VPC2007
By Flunk on 1/8/2008 12:45:14 PM , Rating: 2
Your testing methodology is flawed. The advances in Vista are mostly in offloading processing of operating system features to multiple threads and graphics processors. Running within a virtual machine negates any benefit you might see.

I am not actually saying that Vista is faster, just that your test means nothing.

By Techno Pride on 1/8/2008 1:59:00 PM , Rating: 2
thanks for your feedback. With regards to the multi-threading part, there're many single core systems in use out there. Vista running in VPC makes use of only one of my two 2GHz A64 cores. Is a single A64 2GHz core not enough to take advantage of the uber-advanced features in Vista?

As for the graphics processing part, there;re no Aero effects in VPC. It's all 2D, and no one ever talks about 2D acceleration anymore since it's insignificant.

I'm not saying that everyone should not buy Vista. It has better *out-of-the-box* security, nice DX10 effects, Search function in the Start menu, maybe many more which others have covered. I'd gladly recommend anyone buying a new PC to get a Vista one, for the default IE Protected Mode and WinDefender. Did I also mention the nice DX10 effects in Bioshock that gamers will like?

"Running within a virtual machine negates any benefit you might see."
Too bad for the system admins that're going to pile lots of WinServer08 installations into 1 physical server. Microsoft is advertising the feature too. Sad.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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