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Windows 7 Sells 150 Million, That's Seven Copies Per Second

 3:26 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Windows 7 Sells 150Million, That's Seven Copies Per Second [windowsteamblog.com]
we are excited to announce that Windows 7 has sold 150 million licenses to-date. As Iíve said before, Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history with 7 copies of Windows 7 sold every second.



 3:54 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I suspect it has a lot to do with a wave of older systems being replaced and many users now going from XP to 7 -- those who chose to avoid Vista because XP was, and still is, a very good OS (as far as Windows goes). I now have to replace my system and I guess I'm going to consider 7 because I didn't want anything to do with Vista.


 4:13 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Windows 7 is such a huge improvement from Vista that this doesn't surprise me. I can understand why droves of people held on to their XP machine and waited out Vista. I had Vista and it really was a bloated piece of junk. One thing that might be driving the conversion to 7 is that drivers for new hardware (especially hardware on OEM computers) aren't written for XP anymore so there's often no going back.

I've got 7 64bit with a quad-core and 8 gig of RAM. My computer absolutely smokes. Moving to 7 was great for me!


 4:36 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

windows 7 is A+++++


 4:54 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Got my son his grade 9 grad gift, and gave it to him Monday (they go to high school in grade 10 here). A sweet gamer laptop with Windows 7.

I have to say I am pretty impressed so far. 64 bit systems are really the only way to go now that memory is so cheap.

6 g ram
duo core virtualized to a quad
2.85 ghrz

Makes me weep when I think what I paid for my office PCs and compare the specs.


 5:13 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I wonder if this includes the number of licences shipped by default with hardware that large corporations buy in the thousands that may not get installed yet because the infrastucture required to deploy and/or support 7 is not in place yet. In many instances these devices could very well reach the desktop with XP installed.


 6:19 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have to say I am pretty impressed so far. 64 bit systems are really the only way to go now

100% 64 bit, 4GB of memory is the new base bottom standard as far as i'm concerned.


 6:53 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've got Windows 7 64bit and haven't been that impressed. I actually like Vista better.


 7:00 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I couldn't stand Vista. Took a brand new desktop back to the retailer I'd bought it from and got my money back, then went online and bought another XP.

I'm curious about Win 7 though. Extremely curious. I might actually upgrade this time. Preliminary results seem pretty positive.


 7:05 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

you have no upgrade path from XP



 7:07 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I haven't tried Win7 but I have it on order and on it's way to me. Time to move up from XP. I hate Vista, it is garbage, much like WinME. It seems like the "proper" way to keep with Windows is run the good version (98/XP/7), then skip a version (ME, Vista), etc.

With Microsoft's O/S track record, I would recommend you don't upgrade to Windows 8 or whatever the next version will be called ;-)

So within the next week or so I'll have my main machine (Mac OSX), my Ubuntu linux (playing around) machine, my new Win7 home theater PC, and then the laptop with (ugh) Vista. I'm thinking of putting Linux on the laptop instead just to make it more stable and run faster.


 7:16 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

you have no upgrade path from XP

Understood J_RaD.

I used the word "upgrade" in error. I get a completely new box every 3 or 4 years. I'm due right now.


 8:40 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I heard XP users can buy the upgrade version of W7. But they can't install it over the existing OS, they have to install it from scratch.


 9:47 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

But they can't install it over the existing OS, they have to install it from scratch.

That's correct. XP users need to make sure to get all of their files off before upgrading.


 10:14 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I get a completely new box every 3 or 4 years. I'm due right now.

as long as your drives arn't PATA you could just do a mobo proc and ram upgrade for cheap.


 10:21 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

My pc is 4 years old and it works great!


 10:33 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

My pc is 4 years old and it works great!

Ha ha.. mine works great too walkman. We have a "trickle down effect" around here though. My old PC's go to deserving nieces or nephews who've demonstrated a desire to learn and who's parents are aware of the potential consequences (of letting a kid get on the internet, I mean).


 6:50 am on Jun 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Like VRTLW I do wonder how many actual users the numbers translate to. What would be significant is the number of upgrades going on as opposed to Win7 simply going on new boxes as standard.

Personally I'll keep going with my XP laptop for another year before thinking about an upgrade.


 7:22 am on Jun 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

I hate change for the sake of selling more licenses. Glad to see something better than Vista being the latest and greatest though.


 2:20 pm on Jun 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have been using Windows 7 64bits for a while now, and I am totally sold. It's by far the best OS to come out of Microsoft, ever.


 5:44 pm on Jun 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Oh, and if it wasn't for the fact that I got a copy of Win7 Home Premium for $89 I probably wouldn't have bought it...


 3:00 pm on Jun 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

I got Home Premium thru my wife's student discount for $30...but then sold it when I bought a new system that came with Windows 7 64bit on a quad AMD w/6g mem...I am LOVING W7 64 bit! Glad I never went to Vista.

(I believe the $30 discount is over in case you were wondering...but I also bought Office 2007 for about $50 a few months ago and just got my free 2010 upgrade...it smokes on W7 too!)

And to answer someone else's earlier question...I am >>SURE<< MS counts every possible license out there that they can count...even those bulk ones that go to corporations.


 12:26 pm on Jun 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Windows 7 is awesome.


 8:31 pm on Jun 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have XP, did not get Vista, due to it being bloated and offering no major advantages.

But I am just setting up a new machine and I bought 7.

I like it so far. I can't wait to use the snap to windows feature that will allow me to have two windows side by side easily on my 24inch screen. (a bit like Windows 3.11 did)


 7:16 pm on Jul 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

It's not Win 95 or Win 98....I'll agree this is (almost) all from new computer sales.

Back in the day, we all bought new OS's.....I know exactly ONE person who has bought Windows 7, and that was only because Vista was causing him problems. (Actually, he did a couple of hours work in exchange for someone buying it for him....I doubt he would have come 'out of pocket' for it.)


 12:32 am on Jul 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

I'll upgrade in a year or two if I'm forced to. Got XP and it's working just fine.

150 million copies? That's $15 billion at $100 a copy average.


 1:22 am on Jul 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

Back in 2001 I was working in IT in a healthcare environment that spanned 3 physical buildings and approximately 7000 desktop systems, I was working IMAC, installs, moves, adds, changes. The hospitals were upgrading from Windows 98 to Windows 2000. All the systems arrived to us new in the box from the leasing vendor with copies of XP Pro. We opened the boxes, pitched the copies of XP into the trash and installed the hospitals templated version of 2000.

I imagine a whole lot of that goes on still today. It was critical that all systems there be stable and due to legacy software interacting with a wide variety of crucial devices we could never have the newest OS installed until all bugs were worked out in service packs. We were typically always an OS behind the current release.

So today, they are probably running XP and in no hurry to upgrade so all new systems coming through the door for deployment -- the Windows 7 OS gets pitched out the door.


 2:00 am on Jul 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

Just got he new systems and it works great..large improvement from vista imo


 8:20 pm on Jul 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

@SevenCubed: back then was there no chance of making money from selling all those copies of XP you binned? What a waste...


 12:12 am on Jul 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

Well, it goes against my way of thinking, but I did give some away to those who needed it. Nice thing about it was that they weren't boot-leg copies. They were legitimately paid-for copies and so I saw no harm in distributing some to those who otherwise probably wouldn't have had them because they couldn't afford them. They were generic versions too that successfully installed on the systems of any manufacturer or custom built ones.

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