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    Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Spending on new laptops for WFH and students helped Win 10 advance recently.
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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Even their own numbers don't add up, the graph says 57/24 whereas the text portion says 53/28, so which is it?

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Of course Windows 10 is dominating. Microsoft forces you to install it by stopping updates to Windows 7.

    For desktops Windows 7 has a better user interface. They are not willing to admit that.

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidC1 View Post
    Of course Windows 10 is dominating. Microsoft forces you to install it by stopping updates to Windows 7.

    For desktops Windows 7 has a better user interface. They are not willing to admit that.
    They are not forcing anybody to upgrade, but if you want to keep running a 10+ year old OS you cant expect it to be updated forever.

    As for the user interface, I do prefer 10 but do find them very similar over all and can still use either without much adjustment.

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Agree with Percy1983. Win7 is very long in the tooth now. Win10 has improved markedly with the biannual update model. And you cannot expect MS to maintain an OS in perpetuity.

    Being able to deploy Windows Hello for Business on my home domain was the final nail in the coffin for Win7, having the whole family able to log on with fingerprints or a webcam is great. A shame it was such an epic battle to get working on the back end

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidC1 View Post
    Of course Windows 10 is dominating. Microsoft forces you to install it by stopping updates to Windows 7.

    For desktops Windows 7 has a better user interface. They are not willing to admit that.
    They don't force you to do anything. Pay for the updates if you want to keep using Windows 7 - which is about 10 versions of windows old (8, 8.1 and multiple versions of 10).

    10 is excellent now - incredible stable, it's fast and a lot of neat touches. The control panel/setting duality is still a pain, but that's really the only area 7 is better.

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by gagaga View Post
    The control panel/setting duality is still a pain, but that's really the only area 7 is better.
    That's improving, slowly - 2004 has finally given a link to 'Change adapter settings' from 'Network and Internet Settings', for example.

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    It would be interesting to see how many of these machines are running, let's say, Windows 10 1609.

    That's the stupidity of these announcements, anything from 1609 up to the latest 2004 version is all Windows 10 despite most of those versions being as unsupported as Windows 7 so this is pretty meaningless.

    MS might as well just retrospectively call Windows 7 "Windows 10 0910" and be done with it.

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    It would be interesting to see how many of these machines are running, let's say, Windows 10 1609.

    That's the stupidity of these announcements, anything from 1609 up to the latest 2004 version is all Windows 10 despite most of those versions being as unsupported as Windows 7 so this is pretty meaningless.

    MS might as well just retrospectively call Windows 7 "Windows 10 0910" and be done with it.
    I prefer to call 7, Vista SP2 because that's what it really is.

    I do agree it would be interesting to know the breakdown.

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    They don't force you to do anything. Pay for the updates if you want to keep using Windows 7 - which is about 10 versions of windows old (8, 8.1 and multiple versions of 10).

    10 is excellent now - incredible stable, it's fast and a lot of neat touches. The control panel/setting duality is still a pain, but that's really the only area 7 is better.[/QUOTE]

    I got another warning not to download the latest Win10 updates (2004) because they were playing havoc with this OS, you might want to check this link out, so much for your 'increadably stable' OS. I'm still on Win7 and am missing out on all these problems:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxuWp8JjW1s

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by albert89 View Post
    I got another warning not to download the latest Win10 updates (2004) because they were playing havoc with this OS, you might want to check this link out, so much for your 'increadably stable' OS. I'm still on Win7 and am missing out on all these problems:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxuWp8JjW1s
    So some users haven't updated their GPU drivers since 2015, and expect them to still work flawlessly? It's not even the most recent driver for any of the supported cards!

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    You guys don't remember how they nudged users to 10 do you? You'd get popups saying upgrade to Windows 10.

    Yes, to 7 being old, but that has little to do with the fact that duality exists and super frequent updates break compatibility.

    They went full 2 steps back with Windows 8/8.1, and moved 1 step with Win 10.

    At least they finally got their heads out of their asses and are finally making sensible decisions. Windows 8-10 sucks for both Tablet UI and Desktops. Why couldn't they copy the Icon oriented setups that Android/iOS has?

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidC1 View Post
    Yes, to 7 being old, but that has little to do with the fact that duality exists and super frequent updates break compatibility.
    Super frequent? It is the same 6 month cadence that the likes of Fedora Linux and Ubuntu have been using with success for a really long time.

    But fundamentally you can't expect much product testing to happen against Windows 7. If you aren't updating your version of Windows, you probably aren't updating the code in the product I work on either. A lack of testing is going to really hit stability if you try and do anything new.
    Last edited by DanceswithUnix; 05-06-2020 at 08:29 AM.

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidC1 View Post
    Of course Windows 10 is dominating. Microsoft forces you to install it by stopping updates to Windows 7.

    For desktops Windows 7 has a better user interface. They are not willing to admit that.

    You're NOT forced to install Windows 10. For desktops, there's not a great deal of difference to Win 10 compared to 7. You still launch your applications and get stuff done. You just don't like it so your opinion seems to be the only one you'll accept.

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    Re: Windows 7 market share dips to under a quarter of PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by excalibur1814 View Post
    You're NOT forced to install Windows 10. For desktops, there's not a great deal of difference to Win 10 compared to 7. You still launch your applications and get stuff done. You just don't like it so your opinion seems to be the only one you'll accept.
    All you have to do with Windows 7 is either accept the additional security risks without patching, mitigate them with 3rd party tools or remove the risk by air gapping that PC.

    Or you can move to one of the countless Linux or BSD derivatives that are available and for the most part free.

    There are plenty of options, nobody is forcing you to move to Win10.

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