Report: Windows 7 now ahead of Windows XP worldwide

Microsoft's latest entry in its Windows operating system is finally being used more than Windows XP. That's the word on the StatCounter web site this week. Its newly updated graph on the top five operating systems shows that Windows 7 is now in 40.15 percent of PCs in the world, compared to 38.77 percent for its 10 year old Windows XP OS. Windows Vista, which was released after Windows XP but before Windows 7, is shown to be installed in 11.16 percent of all PCs in the world, followed by Mac OS X with 7.26 percent and iOS in fifth with 1.11 percent.

StatCounter gets its numbers via a tracking code that is placed in over 3 million web sites worldwide. The site says, "Every month, we record billions of hits to these sites. For each hit, we analyze the browser/operating system used and we establish if the hit is from a mobile device."

This shows that Windows 7 is being used more and more by PCs users while Windows XP, which has been the mainstay of the PC operating system world for most of the past decade, is starting to be abandoned or upgraded to the latest version of Microsoft's operating system. It also shows the failure of Windows Vista, which suffered from bugs and a lack of working third party drivers when it launched to the public in January 2007. Windows 7 launched in October 2009.

Just this week, Microsoft urged businesses once again to upgrade their Windows XP-based PCs to Windows 7 as soon as possible and not to wait until Microsoft releases its next OS, Windows 8.

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statcounter??? seriously? then i am sure 7 haven't passed xp yet... but its might be close..... i totally xp gone and 7 dominating...

Edited by still1, Oct 13 2011, 5:28pm :

smooth3006 said,
w7 is the best operating system ive run to date. there is zero reason for anybody to still be on xp or even vista.

Well, I still have Vista. But that's only because I need a new machine and was hoping to make it to Windows 8... lol

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, I still have Vista. But that's only because I need a new machine and was hoping to make it to Windows 8... lol

If you're only holding back because of a slower computer, Windows 7 is much lighter than Vista on resources. Vista was a pure pig on older computers.

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, I still have Vista. But that's only because I need a new machine and was hoping to make it to Windows 8... lol

my dad finally went to 7 but my brother doesn't like to update so he has vista as well. i told him he would really benefit from it.

TRC said,

If you're only holding back because of a slower computer, Windows 7 is much lighter than Vista on resources. Vista was a pure pig on older computers.

Vista set the groundwork for Windows 7 though. I do agree that Windows 7 is much lighter on resources though and is probably the best OS I've ever run, it's so much faster than Vista ever was on my aging Centrino Duo laptop.

neo158 said,

Vista set the groundwork for Windows 7 though. I do agree that Windows 7 is much lighter on resources though and is probably the best OS I've ever run, it's so much faster than Vista ever was on my aging Centrino Duo laptop.

Absolutely. All of the other computers in our office I have already upgraded to Windows 7. Mine is the last to go and at this point I'll probably just wait until Windows 8. The big delay to be honest is I want a larger hard drive in the laptop than is generally available.

neo158 said,

Vista set the groundwork for Windows 7 though. I do agree that Windows 7 is much lighter on resources though and is probably the best OS I've ever run, it's so much faster than Vista ever was on my aging Centrino Duo laptop.


Agreed. Vista did set the groundwork on Windows 7... And I'm glad 7 is fast... Shiit that bring back memories, Vista was so damn slow after a few weeks without formatting.

Been using 7 since the 7000 leaked version, and couldn't be happier.. I've been using more 7 than Vista, and my first proper computer was bought 3 years ago with Vista preloaded...

Jose_49 said,

Agreed. Vista did set the groundwork on Windows 7... And I'm glad 7 is fast... Shiit that bring back memories, Vista was so damn slow after a few weeks without formatting.

Been using 7 since the 7000 leaked version, and couldn't be happier.. I've been using more 7 than Vista, and my first proper computer was bought 3 years ago with Vista preloaded...

Vista runs smoother on a proper dual core, 4gb of ram then win7, even has less memory.
Since SP1 Vista was a fine OS. The hardware manufactures catched up with drivers and MS cleaned up Vista.
Vista pre-SP1 is still a 100times better then XP pre-SP1, remember that horrible era before XP had SP1 or even SP2
Vista is lots better at release, people got spoiled!

neo158 said,
I love how the bar chart shows the exact opposite to the line chart!!

Set the start month to October 2011 as well as the end month on the bar chart. It displays statistics from the starting month on the bar chart, instead of the ending month.

J_R_G said,

Set the start month to October 2011 as well as the end month on the bar chart. It displays statistics from the starting month on the bar chart, instead of the ending month.

Well I was looking at it over same time period.

neo158 said,

Well I was looking at it over same time period.

I know, but the bar chart isn't a period, it's just the statistics for the starting month. Silly web site design, imo, but you can get a bar chart for Oct. 2011 by setting the start time to Oct. 2011 instead of whatever the line chart starts at..

Two news articles about the same topic? Didn't I read this just a few hours/day ago? Anyways, Microsoft themselves refer to Netapplications when mentioning market share figures for Windows and IE so I believe those are more accurate.

Our house...

3 x Win 7 x64 Ultimate quad core gaming pc's (Mine, the misses and the teenage son's)
1 x Vista Laptop RUNS PERFECTLY SINCE SP1
3 x Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) phones

XP died about 5years ago in our house lol
Even my 70+yr old parents have a Win7 machine lol

My house

2 x Win 7 x64 Ultimate Edition Quad Core (mine and mine)
1 x Chromebook (Mine) I gave away my Win 7 x32 Home Edition Netbook as soon as I got my Chromebook
2 x Android 2.3 Phones (Mine and Mine Pretty soon one will Android 4.0)
1 x Android Tablet (Mine)
1 x iPad 2 (Mine)

I'm a gadget junkie and I need help.

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