Windows 7 sales exceed Vista sales by 234%

Consumer Market Research firm NPD has confirmed that initial sales of Windows 7 have surpassed those of the Windows Vista launch.

According to NPD's weekly tracking service, Windows 7 software unit sales in the U.S. were 234 percent higher than Vista's first few days of sales. The most popular choice for consumers was the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade followed by the Pro upgrade and Home Premium Family Pack. According to NPD, software sales of Windows 7 were strong compared to Vista's sales partly due to early discounts on pre-sales and a wide range of promotions. Although software sales were strong, PC hardware sales had more of an uphill battle, sales weren't as strong as growth during the Vista launch.

"A combination of factors impacted Windows 7 PC sales at the outset, but the trajectory of overall PC sales is very strong leading into the holiday season," said Stephen Baker at NPD. Baker went on to confirm inventory prep before the Windows 7 launch had "been spectacular". Working with retail stores, Microsoft prepared for the launch of 7 and customers were aware that the software would be available on October 22. Baker also said adverts had been "well-thought out and innovative". A combination of upgrade offers and promotions from several retailers helped with sales. Baker also praised the work done with OEMs, "never before has the industry launched such a variety of new form factors, price points, technology upgrades, and design innovations at one time."

Microsoft blogger Brandon LeBlanc also said "it has been quite amazing to watch the global excitement build around Windows 7." With only the first few weeks since the launch of Windows 7, NDP projects higher sales over the next two months for Windows 7, even during this tough economic climate. Windows 7 was launched just two weeks ago.

Neowin reporter Andrew Lyle also contributed to this report

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MeddleMan said,
Man, the only reason Windows 7 sales were so much higher than Vista's was because of one reason:
There was a free beta release version which showed just how much faster 7 was than Vista. It showed that Microsoft had finally cracked down and pulled their socks up in terms of releasing GOOD, EFFECTIVE, SLEEK, FAST software for once in their dismal marketing career.

Ya know, it's kinda funny how windows HQ follows a kind of good, bad, good, bad pattern?
Windows 95 - Stable, Good
Windows 98 - Froze all the f***ing time, Bad
Windows NT - Didn't have the freezing problem, looked a little better, Good
Windows 2000 - Complete stuffup IMO, bad compatibility with USB (As that was like the USB boom time), Bad
Windows XP - Nice looking, fast, worked, never froz e, occasional bluescreen, very stable, Good
Windows Vista - Fat blob of shiny looking slow software with an immense number of security holes, bad compatibility with a lot of programs, 32 and 64 bit compatibility issue (I could go on) VERY Bad
Windows 7 - 'Bout the same speed as XP, looked good, smaller than Vista, Good
WHATS NEXT? - Windows Z?, Bad

well said

Man, the only reason Windows 7 sales were so much higher than Vista's was because of one reason:
There was a free beta release version which showed just how much faster 7 was than Vista. It showed that Microsoft had finally cracked down and pulled their socks up in terms of releasing GOOD, EFFECTIVE, SLEEK, FAST software for once in their dismal marketing career.

Ya know, it's kinda funny how windows HQ follows a kind of good, bad, good, bad pattern?
Windows 95 - Stable, Good
Windows 98 - Froze all the f***ing time, Bad
Windows NT - Didn't have the freezing problem, looked a little better, Good
Windows 2000 - Complete stuffup IMO, bad compatibility with USB (As that was like the USB boom time), Bad
Windows XP - Nice looking, fast, worked, never froz e, occasional bluescreen, very stable, Good
Windows Vista - Fat blob of shiny looking slow software with an immense number of security holes, bad compatibility with a lot of programs, 32 and 64 bit compatibility issue (I could go on) VERY Bad
Windows 7 - 'Bout the same speed as XP, looked good, smaller than Vista, Good
WHATS NEXT? - Windows Z?, Bad

MeddleMan said,
Windows Vista - Fat blob of shiny looking slow software with an immense number of security holes, bad compatibility with a lot of programs, 32 and 64 bit compatibility issue (I could go on) VERY Bad

Seems to me that was Windows XP up until SP2. They also never got 64-bit working really.

It wasn't until Vista until 64-bit got serious recognition, as far as bluescreens go, I've had video drivers freeze on Vista and not gotten a BSD. It just resets itself with a pop-up balloon warning.

Question, for those of you who know.. Why do many computer shops continue to sell Vista now that 7 is out? And why have they not even lowered the price on Vista? (OEM & Retail) Since Vista was such a disaster.

Vista wasn't THAT bad. It was very clunky and had features that should have been fixed or changed in a Service Pack. For me Windows 7 is that Service Pack. Either way Windows 7 is a must upgrade for any current Vista PC. Seeing MS actually listen to end users comments about the betas were what I liked. They seemed to benefit from Windows 7 leaking all the time, if indeed it was a leak...

With holiday season fast approaching, Windows 7 is bringing good news to consumers, retailers, and Microsoft itself. A well-deserved accomplishment.

Alex_The_Cat said,
I wonder if they counted the sales of bootlegged dvds too, in order to reach that value.....


Um. Cant tell if you were trolling or being stupid. That number isnt supprising considering how much testing and avalibility there was for testers and probably now RTM owners.

Doesn't surprise me at all. Even if Vista was an "OK" OS to use in its "final days", everyone had pretty much given up on it. From what I have read, Windows 7 has blown Vista completely out of the water and it's now just a distant memory. Congratulations, MS!

Ansuza said,
Doesn't surprise me at all. Even if Vista was an "OK" OS to use in its "final days", everyone had pretty much given up on it. From what I have read, Windows 7 has blown Vista completely out of the water and it's now just a distant memory. Congratulations, MS!

Agreed, Windows 7 surpasses Vista in every way.

I have tried to sell my retail upgrade x86 Vista HP on amazon.

Even at a rock bottom price in mint condition for £39.00 it won't sell.

People ain't interested in vista no mo.

leesmithg said,
I have tried to sell my retail upgrade x86 Vista HP on amazon.

Even at a rock bottom price in mint condition for �39.00 it won't sell.

People ain't interested in vista no mo.

Why would anyone be interested in Windows Vista when Windows 7 is already released?

leesmithg said,
I have tried to sell my retail upgrade x86 Vista HP on amazon.

Even at a rock bottom price in mint condition for ?39.00 it won't sell.

People ain't interested in vista no mo.


Objection! That'd be illegal D:

I'm glad Windows 7 is what it is. I believe in closed source software development as much as I do open source software development. But Microsoft can't compete for my satisfaction because it's only achieved with free software.

But now since pretty much all "Personal Computing" hardware is all 8086 based, I'm sure we'll see the competion of a lifetime between Operating System manufacturers, not only to strive for captial gain, but producing the best capable and user desirable software out there. Just my two cents.

Yep not a big surprise really, taking into account the poor sales of vista it wouldn't have been hard to slaughter it sales wise.

id be interested to know license sales figures etc or better yet installed user base figure.

Faisal Islam said,
IS IT? Lolzzz...think before u write.

What? It's true though. With the combination all the hype for windows 7 and the immediate negative press right after vista was released (which may have made some people wait for the next release) its really no surprise that sales would do much better this time round.

aniv said,
thats what I am talking about.

Please don't ever say that again. Especially when it comes to Operating System sales.

Unbelievable.

zoonyx said,
Please don't ever say that again. Especially when it comes to Operating System sales.

Unbelievable.

Yikes! A bit of an overreaction... :puzzled:

That's what I'm talking about...

aniv said,
awesome! thats what I am talking about.

I am happy for Microsoft :)


You know, I'm actually happy for Microsoft and for consumers. I think Microsoft has learned from this and hopefully will now beta/rc/rtm in the same way it has done for Windows 7. Listening to feedback is crucial.

jporter said,

You know, I'm actually happy for Microsoft and for consumers. I think Microsoft has learned from this and hopefully will now beta/rc/rtm in the same way it has done for Windows 7. Listening to feedback is crucial.

The new manager has a background in many years of success with Microsoft Office - expect to see the same sort of cocus that was paid to Office to be done to Windows. It is amazing what a good manager can do for a project.

smooth_criminal1990 said,
dammit, need to suggest tabbed "browsing" in windows explorer...maybe next time...

MS can copy that feature from Linux in the next version. I mean they already mimicked the show desktop button this time around; I'm sure they don't want to appear too conspicuous. They're always 5 years behind everyone else in basic features anyway.

LoveThePenguin said,
MS can copy that feature from Linux in the next version. I mean they already mimicked the show desktop button this time around; I'm sure they don't want to appear too conspicuous. They're always 5 years behind everyone else in basic features anyway.

Your name and completely wrongness make it obvious your a linux fanboy. Good try.

LoveThePenguin said,
MS can copy that feature from Linux in the next version. I mean they already mimicked the show desktop button this time around; I'm sure they don't want to appear too conspicuous. They're always 5 years behind everyone else in basic features anyway.



How do you copy linux in regards to a UI element? Linux is a kernel. Linux is only a kernel. I think you mean to say they copied KDE. But really, how can you expect them not to take advantage of such a useful feature? Others have "copied" Microsoft plenty of times too. That's the nature of innovation. It gets used.

omnicoder said,
Your name and completely wrongness make it obvious your a linux fanboy. Good try.

I'm not a linux fanboy. I use it ocassionally. (ubuntu flavor) certainly don't have to worry about it crashing, but updates are almost always up my rear. But MS does tend to copy Linux. Love the liquid movement of the windows though. Linux tends to be more stable than Windows. And neither Vista or 7 can match XP there. And still get blue screens. Do'h. Oh I wish they'd at least change the color. 7 is still Vista, but whatever it takes to get them off XP, I guess 7 will have to do.

freeeekyyy said,
How do you copy linux in regards to a UI element? Linux is a kernel. Linux is only a kernel. I think you mean to say they copied KDE. But really, how can you expect them not to take advantage of such a useful feature? Others have "copied" Microsoft plenty of times too. That's the nature of innovation. It gets used.


Liked KDE for awhile, but wasn't quite as stable as gnome.

a certain site called met art actually had copy as a tagline selling point. The most copied site in the world or something like that. For anyone here who knows met art... I'll just look somewhere else :)