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Survey of 450K corporate computers finds majority use Windows XP

The launch of Windows 7 is only days away and Microsoft has big hopes for the new OS. Many computer makers are also hoping that the new OS will spur consumers and businesses to buy new machines. Despite the hopes of computer makers and Microsoft, Steve Ballmer is playing down the roll of Windows 7 in improving PC sales.

In the corporate world, the vast majority of firms never upgraded to Vista. One of the reasons few corporations upgraded to Vista was that at the time it launched only 50% of the computers in use were able to run the OS and meet Vista's minimum requirements.

Microsoft will be glad to hear that 65% of current PCs in the corporate world are able to run Windows 7 in its optimal configuration. A mere 6% of computers could run Vista in it optimal configuration when it launched. Those percentages were compiled by IT asset management company Softchoice. The firm goes on to say that 88% of corporate computers can run Windows 7 at minimum specifications.

Softchoice Services Development Manager Dean Williams wrote in a research note, "Since so few organizations made the switch to Vista, over 90 percent of PCs have remained on Windows XP—an operating system about to celebrate its 10th birthday—while close to 5 percent are running operating systems that Microsoft no longer supports. Given the added risks and costs of maintaining aging infrastructure, organizations would be well advised to begin planning their move to more current technology. The fact that so many organizations are already entitled to do so through Microsoft's Software Assurance should remove cost as a potential barrier."

Softchoice found in a survey of 450,000 corporate PCs more than nine out of ten have Windows XP installed. Nearly one in ten have a combination of Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4 -- Vista was only found on 3% of computers.

"We've seen a sea change compared to the landscape in which Vista was introduced," Williams said. "Organizations have some work to do to shore up a small percentage of their fleet, but the natural PC refresh cycle has more or less eliminated system requirements as a potential stumbling block to deploying Windows 7. The migration question is now about understanding the benefits of switching as well as implementing a plan to minimize any potential deployment headaches."

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RE: Perfect Storm?
By geddarkstorm on 10/16/2009 2:00:43 PM , Rating: 1
The fact Win7 can run optimally on 60+% of computers verses 6% for vista, also argues for how much more refined and gentle on hardware Win7 is. Especailly since only 3% of computers are running vista now, so there haven't really been many upgrades in the two or so years its been out. Unlike vista, Win7 and jump back and grab the vast majority of current hardware out there; that'll make people happy.

Win7 is just superior all around, and that built in xp virtualization ability should help hook in more businesses.

RE: Perfect Storm?
By bug77 on 10/16/2009 3:05:55 PM , Rating: 2
I beg to disagree.

Win7 is not "more refined and gentle on hardware" than Vista. Win7 is Vista. With DX11, a new interface and a lot of tweaking, nothing else. Of course it's leaner on the hardware, but that's because the hardware has changed, not Windows.

RE: Perfect Storm?
By damianrobertjones on 10/16/2009 3:48:33 PM , Rating: 2
But then people could and did say that Windows XP was only fluffy colours and a new Direct x. Think about it.

RE: Perfect Storm?
By gerf on 10/16/2009 4:28:41 PM , Rating: 2
Over Win2k, it really was. Plus the Picture/Image viewer, camera/scanner image management, and of course wireless control. The start menu was goofed up, the Start button green with a faux roundness to it, and things were blue instead of gray. Then they added SP2 and XP became somewhat more different than Win2k.

I used Win2k up until about 2005, and it was a great, stable, solid OS, and I would still be using it if wireless worked better, the camera connection program was there, and if battery life wasn't compromised.

RE: Perfect Storm?
By 0ldman on 10/17/2009 3:49:13 AM , Rating: 3
Try again. Clean install, Vista on a Dell Latitude D600, 1.5GB of RAM, Vista crawled, 7 is fast. Same for an Inspiron 8200, same RAM. I do this for a living, so my test machines were my laptops, daily use to be familiar with the new OS.

The way Windows uses prefetch has changed and made a big difference, as well as the overall footprint of the OS. 7 is a refinement of Vista, doing what Vista was promised to do in the first place.

RE: Perfect Storm?
By callmeroy on 10/19/2009 9:27:26 AM , Rating: 2
You can disagree until the proverbial cows come home it won't change that you are inaccurate (not that I personally give a crap if you are or not).

BUT to all the folks who dismiss Win7 as merely Vista+DirectX11 = Win 7, you are vastly over simplifying the equation.

The kernel as everyone on these kinds of forums at least should well know is the beating heart of an OS, was merely trimmed lightly for Win 7, it was overhauled.

The Kernel footprint was seriously reduced and in the process its efficiency was substantially improved.

I'm sure if anyone is interested -- you could google it and find the source article about it (I just recall the information but I forget the link) that was published by Microsoft. I believe it was a TechNet article. Note I read Computer World a lot too so there is a slight chance I'm getting confused and read it on their site as well.

In any case, the improvements to Win 7 aren't small...just because the looks didn't change that much from Vista don't be fooled, under the hood is a rebuilt engine.

Furthermore, the mere notion that folks go Win7 is Vista , is kind of stupid to me anyway. First everyone in IT or even just educated end users darn well knows Win7 is an evolution of Vista and Microsoft isn't trying to hide the fact or fool people in saying "Oh no Win 7 has nothing to do with Vista".....I don't know I guess its arguing for arguments sake or something...but its silly to me when someone points out something that everyone already knows. Its like someone pointing a huge pink elephant in a 10 x 10 room.......and everyone is thinking "Gee thanks for pointing that out to us Captain Obvious..."...

RE: Perfect Storm?
By bug77 on 10/19/2009 10:01:47 AM , Rating: 1
Oh yes. The sheer size of the Win7 only techs you listed showed how inaccurate I was...

Evolution, you say? Snow Leopard is an evolution over Leopard, but it is also priced as such.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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