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Microsoft says that first month sales of Vista doubled those of XP

Microsoft is touting early sales figures for Windows Vista as testament to the operating system's new features and security enhancements. According to Microsoft, the sale of Windows Vista licenses more than doubled those of Windows XP during its first month of availability.

Windows XP managed to rack up 17 million licenses within its first two months of availability while Windows Vista hit 20 million within the first month. The numbers include licenses acquired by PC OEMs, retail copies sold in stores and upgrades ordered through the Windows Vista Express Upgrade Program.

"We are encouraged to see such a positive consumer response to Windows Vista right out of the gate," said Windows Business Group VP Bill Veghte. "While it’s very early in the product lifecycle, we are setting a foundation for Windows Vista to become the fastest-adopted version of Windows ever. Working with our partners, we are helping our customers leverage new tools and programs to accelerate the transition and provide a great user experience."

According to Michael Silver of Gartner Research, however, the fact that Windows Vista sales have doubled Windows XP sales shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. According to Silver, 52 million PCs were sold in 2002 – the first full year of Windows XP availability. Over 92 million PCs are expected to be sold in 2007.

Last month Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was less optimistic about initial Vista sales citing increased piracy around the world. Ballmer noted that analysts were "overly aggressive" with their Vista sales forecasts.

Shortly after Ballmer's comments, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was more upbeat and stated that Vista had been "incredibly well received." Gates continued, "People who sell PCs have seen a very nice lift in their sales. People have come in and wanted to buy Vista."

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RE: Bought it because of the freebies.
By walk2k on 3/27/2007 2:39:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah.... you have to install it twice.
Once setup has been completed and you have been brought to the desktop for the first time, run the install program from within Windows Vista.
When asked whether to perform an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install, choose Custom (advanced) to perform a clean install of Vista. Yes, this means that you will have to install Vista for a second time.

I would hardly call that a "clean" install.

RE: Bought it because of the freebies.
By TomZ on 3/27/2007 3:00:29 PM , Rating: 2
You're confusing "clean install" with "easy install." This particular method of clean install is just not an easy install.

RE: Bought it because of the freebies.
By walk2k on 3/27/2007 3:06:50 PM , Rating: 2
"Clean" meaning, no previously-installed OS on the drive.

A freshly-formatted "clean" drive (or partition).

Though I suppose it makes the most sense to install the upgrade over XP the first time, then ghost the drive.

But that hassle (and mailing in for the 64bit) are just not things I should have to deal with after plunking down $159.

Oh also, all the M$ fanbots can rate me down all they want, it doesn't matter one whit to me, it just makes you look stupid.

RE: Bought it because of the freebies.
By noirsoft on 3/27/2007 7:50:44 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, the one who looks stupid is you, with your pointless "M$ fanbots" insults, and your ignorance as to the realities of Vista.

I bought Ultimate upgrade, and it came with both 32-bit and 64-bit editions, no mail-away necessary. And. while you cannot install it on a freshly formatted hard drive, there is little need to. Windows, Program Files and user settings are all in new directories, so there is no trace of the old installation except a few easily deletable directories full of your old flies. which is (for most people) a lot easier than backing up and restoring.

Once you delete the old windows and program directories, it's exactly the same as a new instllation. This is quite different from previous upgrades which left tons of cruft in the registry and windows directories from previous versions.

RE: Bought it because of the freebies.
By walk2k on 3/28/2007 12:59:00 PM , Rating: 2
No, the fanbots look stupid when someone says something completely true and factual that just doesn't lavish heaps of praise on M$ and they rate it down for no other reason than they are just mindless fanbots. I guess the truth hurts?

As if I came in here and said "OLLLO VISTA SUXX I USE MAC BECUZ STEEV JOBS SI AWSUM!!!!!!!!"

No, I said I LIKE VISTA and I WANT TO BUY VISTA but I just can't justify dropping $159 for a gimped version - Home Premium Upgrade, featuring Havetoinstallit Twice(tm) and No64bitversionincluded(r), and I definitely can't justify shelling out for a non-upgrade version when I SHOULD BE ABLE to use the upgrade version, but can't because of the bullshit installer.

By noirsoft on 3/28/2007 3:17:12 PM , Rating: 1
Sombody needs a cookie and some warm milk...

So, what you are saying is that the inexpensive version doesn't have what you want, and the version that has what you want is too expensive? Sounds a bit like "The food tastes terrible and the portions are too small"

And you don't have to install it twice. Read my message. Installing it once is the functinal equivalent of a clean install, as you don't have any of the old windows installation, except as space to delete on your HD.

Oh, and here's a link to the direct download version of Home Premium 64-bit upgrade, since clearly you don't care about finding it, you just care about complaining about it.

Lastly, if you really care about money and if you have more than one PC, the ultimate upgrade with its 2 copies of Home Premium for $50 each is definitely worth it.

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