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#1 Ci7

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 15:52

In excess of 350 million licenses of Windows 7 were sold in the 18 months passed since the platform hit GA, the first 300 million of which by the end of January 2011, but despite being the second most used OS on the market, Windows Vista’s successor is doing a far superior job at protecting users compared to Windows XP.

According to operating system usage statistics from Net Applications there are largely two XP users for each customer running Windows 7.

Yet, according to the recently launched Security Intelligence Report volume 10 from Microsoft, the infection rates for Windows 7 are dwarfed by those of the decade old operating system launched in 2001.

“Infection rates for more recently released operating systems and service packs are consistently lower than earlier ones, for both client and server platforms. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the most recently released Windows client and server versions, respectively, have the lowest infection rates,” the software giant stated.

Previous releases of SIR provided the same conclusions, but smaller market share could have been seen as contributing to lower Windows 7 infection rates.

But fact is that the uptake explosion for Windows 7 was not correlated with a similar increase in the volume of compromised computers.

The infection rate that Microsoft associates to Windows 7 in SIRv10 has been somewhat constant and remained under 4.0 since the end of 2009.


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#2 Charisma

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 15:57

It's new, of course it's not going to be as "figured out" yet.

Or you could argue that Win 7 is just better at protecting dumb users from themselves.

Nice try, but I'm still fine, thanks ;)

Edit, before the bashing starts: I'm no XP-fanatic or 7-hater, I just don't see a reason to pay to upgrade now. This does what I need, and I haven't had a virus/malware/etc infection in as long as I can remember.

#3 Samurizer

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 16:01

Or you could argue that Win 7 is just better at protecting dumb users from themselves.

It is.

On the other hand, smart users know how to protect themselves and are doing just fine with XP, security-wise.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 16:03

It is.

On the other hand, smart users know how to protect themselves and are doing just fine with XP, security-wise.

Aye, exactly.

Plus, I wonder how well 7 will be doing in terms of security after it's been around as long as XP has.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 16:08

Aye, exactly.

Plus, I wonder how well 7 will be doing in terms of security after it's been around as long as XP has.

By the time Windows 7 will have been around as long as XP its market share should be negligible. No one will even bother to try and write malware aimed at it.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 16:11

By the time Windows 7 will have been around as long as XP its market share should be negligible. No one will even bother to try and write malware aimed at it.

History clearly does not bear you out on that, though. =/

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 16:16

Plus, I wonder how well 7 will be doing in terms of security after it's been around as long as XP has.

It doesn't matter. Unless you really know what you're doing, you shouldn't be running Win7 9 years later.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 16:17

History clearly does not bear you out on that, though. =/

Come on, you know as well as I do why XP survived for as long as it did. MS learnt from the Longhorn/Vista debacle and isn't going to let anything like it happen again.

What we don't know is whether Windows will still be controlling 90% of the market by 2019.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 16:21

XP is as secure a Win7 using the right tools. In 10 years using the same laptop and XP I haven't got a single exploit nor did I had to reformat/re-install XP.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 16:28

XP is as secure a Win7 using the right tools. In 10 years using the same laptop and XP I haven't got a single exploit nor did I had to reformat/re-install XP.



Man your machine must be so slow.

#11 grik

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 17:08

For an advance user its true XP is secure but for most, they dont imagine their computer is "as we speak" full of virus and they swear that XP is better. Of course when they start saying that they use an AV thats actually and undercover virus lol i start to explain things.
Most of them are smart enought migrate to win7 home premium, and the wonder of this is that they call me saying that they are in love, best buy even for their old machine, way faster than xp. Of course it is, their XP was full of spyware.

In most cases i advise to buy a new machine low cost 300dollar desktop because the win7 license is OEM and cheaper.

#12 LiquidSolstice

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 17:15

XP is as secure a Win7 using the right tools. In 10 years using the same laptop and XP I haven't got a single exploit nor did I had to reformat/re-install XP.


That is the single-most full of s*** comment I've ever heard.

Get real.

#13 ILikeTobacco

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 17:19

Come on, you know as well as I do why XP survived for as long as it did. MS learnt from the Longhorn/Vista debacle and isn't going to let anything like it happen again.

What we don't know is whether Windows will still be controlling 90% of the market by 2019.


Doubt they learned anything. Was just another bad OS just like ME was. No company can have a perfect track record after decades of business. They didn't learn then and won't now. The only reason we won't see the same mistakes again is because they no longer use the full waterfall methodology to make their OS. Mistakes will be smaller and fixed within months instead of years.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 17:22

That is the single-most full of s*** comment I've ever heard.

Get real.


Why is the post ****? I agree with alexalex. Sure you run as admin by default. Which means if the USER voluntarily runs a nasty piece of malware it will run as Admin without any warning, but guess what? On windows 7 when UAC prompts the user, they usually always click continue anyway when prompted. If you keep your system up to date as well as all 3rd party tools and aren't a complete moron, then XP is just fine. Personally I sandbox both my Windows 7 and XP machines. XP will be be a usable up until the day Microsoft stops releasing updates for it, until then I see no issue.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 17:25

Man your machine must be so slow.


Fast as new

That is the single-most full of s*** comment I've ever heard.

Get real.


You get real.