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Windows 7 more popular than Harry Potter

Windows 7 more popular than Harry Potter

Windows 7 has enjoyed an incredibly successful pre-order run, selling more in eight hours than Vista's entire pre-order availability period.

Well, Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system has finally enjoyed its full retail release - and indications are that it's the most popular version of Windows yet.

According to figures quoted by Electronista, online retailer Amazon's UK arm has seen pre-orders - which started in July and ended on yesterday, just before the official day of release - climb so high in the pre-sales ranking charts that they successfully beat even the final Harry Potter book.

Indeed, the OS has been so popular with the pre-order crowd that the only thing on the site which has sold anywhere near the same quantity is Dan Brown's latest potboiler Lost Symbol - fairly impressive when you consider that Amazon's prime competency is book sales, not software.

So far, Windows 7 has already performed far better than its damp squib of a predecessor Windows Vista, selling more in the first eight hours of pre-orders than Vista did in its entire pre-order availability - a sure sign that consumers are skipping straight from Windows XP to Windows 7, something that was last seen when Microsoft launched the vastly unpopular Windows ME operating system.

The highly successful pre-order run comes despite Microsoft offering people the chance to get their hands on the top-end Windows 7 Ultimate Edition for free by hosting a launch party - providing they don't mind risking social suicide.

So far most peoples' impressions of Windows 7 are largely positive, and the inclusion of a virtualised Windows XP environment for software and hardware that just doesn't play well with the new OS, will reassure business customers that this isn't another Vista - although it's only available for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. This could well be the operating system that finally spells the end for ever-popular, but now eight year old Windows XP.

Were you one of the masses who pre-ordered Windows 7, or are you failing to see what the fuss is all about? Have you already got your sticky mitts on your copy? Perhaps you'll be hosting a launch party later today for your free Ultimate Edition - in which case we want pictures! Share your thoughts and experiences over in the forums.

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erratum1 22nd October 2009, 13:25 Quote
I coundn't resist pre-ordering win 7 home prem for £49. I want it for a new comp.
proxess 22nd October 2009, 13:28 Quote
Hopefully hardware prices on Vista machines will plummet, making buying new hardware for a Linux pretty cheap. I wonder if Win 7 will sell more than Haruki Murakami's new book, 1Q84?
stonedsurd 22nd October 2009, 13:28 Quote
Awesomesauce.
AshT 22nd October 2009, 13:31 Quote
2 Win7 Home Premium for the laptops
1 Win7 Pro for the desktop

About to buy another Win7 Home Premium from PC World for my mothers laptop.

About time Microsoft avenged Vista's shoddy release and performance.

:thumbsup:
Omnituens 22nd October 2009, 13:33 Quote
Wonder if my copy has arrived yet. Won't be installing it until I build my new machine.
Venares 22nd October 2009, 13:33 Quote
Home Premium for 44 quid, Mwhahahahahha.
Thank You Microsoft (god I feel dirty now).
perplekks45 22nd October 2009, 13:35 Quote
HP for 50 quid, including delivery to Austria. Not too bad.
Veles 22nd October 2009, 13:52 Quote
I'm really not surprised with that pre-order incentive they put in, I probably wouldn't have bought it otherwise, but for marginally more than an xbox game, I couldn't resist.
Zoon 22nd October 2009, 14:21 Quote
Pre-ordered from Amazon at £44 on the first day, should be here today. Recently had to buy a new laptop for the girlfriend when hers went knackered, and have ordered the 7 upgrade fro that, and also recommended a friend upgrade his Vista Home Premium to 7 HP, which he did (he wanted to go 64bit anyway).

Since it was on pre-order he bought the E full retail, so he's now legitimately got two retail Windows OSes.
SteveU 22nd October 2009, 14:22 Quote
Mine came on Monday, still in the process of transferring it all across from XP but so far I'm loving it.

It's frustrating the missus a bit cos sh doesn't take to new tech well but she is getting the hang of it! Lol
Darth_yoda 22nd October 2009, 14:53 Quote
I have ordered my copy as part of Microsoft's student deal and so far nothing has turned up :( annoying postal strike grrrrrrrrrr.
stonedsurd 22nd October 2009, 15:00 Quote
MSDNAA - I've been on Win7 Pro 32bit for weeks :)
familyManFred 22nd October 2009, 16:57 Quote
Sod this, and all the hype. We've all decided to stay virus free with Ubuntu and save the cash for better things.
l3v1ck 22nd October 2009, 18:01 Quote
Yep, I pre ordered it for my Dad.
thehippoz 22nd October 2009, 18:45 Quote
just thought I'd add http://www.osnews.com/story/21499/Why_Windows_7_s_Default_UAC_Is_Insecure

set the UAC on the highest level, don't fall for the slippy guys.. well it keeps the support guys happy anyway- and the botnet has nothing to worry about XD puppets galore
Quote:
At this point in time, the default UAC level in Windows 7, and all levels below that, are insecure. You might as well turn UAC off completely
perplekks45 22nd October 2009, 20:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by familyManFred
Sod this, and all the hype. We've all decided to stay virus free with Ubuntu and save the cash for better things.

Said the fanboy...
[PUNK] crompers 22nd October 2009, 21:05 Quote
pro for £30 on the student deal, fantastic price im a happy geek :)
HourBeforeDawn 22nd October 2009, 21:24 Quote
"damp squib of a predecessor Windows Vista"

thats a bit harsh, I really enjoyed Vista and barely had any issues, in fact I ejoyed it far more then I did XP but yes I do enjoy Win7 far more then I do XP as well and will be upgrading all my systems at least the ones I havent already upgraded to Win7 as it is a really nice OS, I think the best so far from MS
CowBlazed 22nd October 2009, 21:24 Quote
Anyone with 4GB or more of RAM make sure you get x64, I've been running Win 7 Pro x64 on my gaming rig for about a month now and it works great.
wuyanxu 22nd October 2009, 22:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by stonedsurd
MSDNAA - I've been on Win7 Pro 32bit for weeks :)
get the 64bit version! 32bit versions are for netbooks only!
Combinho 22nd October 2009, 22:16 Quote
Of course it's more popular than Harry potter. In an ideal world, the plague would be more popular than Harry Potter.
M7ck 22nd October 2009, 22:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
"damp squib of a predecessor Windows Vista"

thats a bit harsh, I really enjoyed Vista and barely had any issues, in fact I ejoyed it far more then I did XP but yes I do enjoy Win7 far more then I do XP as well and will be upgrading all my systems at least the ones I havent already upgraded to Win7 as it is a really nice OS, I think the best so far from MS

+1

I never had any issues with Vista that I couldn't get around easily. The biggest problem Vista had was all the numptys who haven't even tried it telling everyone who will listen about how crap it is.
l3v1ck 22nd October 2009, 22:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combinho
Of course it's more popular than Harry potter. In an ideal world, the plague would be more popular than Harry Potter.
* SLAP *
l3v1ck 22nd October 2009, 22:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by VadimWolf
The biggest problem Vista had was all the numptys who haven't even tried it telling everyone who will listen about how crap it is.
No the biggest problem with Vista is that it offered no compelling reason for anyone to upgrade from XP. Sure, people who used it often liked it, but not enough to justify the upgrade cost.
TWeaK 22nd October 2009, 23:50 Quote
Gotta love being a student. £30 for one copy, and my uni has different forms of the same email address so I've got multiple codes!
dark_avenger 23rd October 2009, 00:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
just thought I'd add http://www.osnews.com/story/21499/Why_Windows_7_s_Default_UAC_Is_Insecure

set the UAC on the highest level, don't fall for the slippy guys.. well it keeps the support guys happy anyway- and the botnet has nothing to worry about XD puppets galore


first thing i did before even installing drivers was switch UAC off.
running Ultimate 64Bit
proxess 23rd October 2009, 10:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
Said the fanboy...

Good to know we're already considered fan boys. It's a sign you acknowledge our existence! B)

I'll consider getting it later on...
Comet 23rd October 2009, 12:25 Quote
Most of the time, if you build a good product people will come. Windows 7 is such a product and hopefully it will drive PC sales back to the spotlight. This is the right moment for a good investment on a new desktop, portable or whatever PC.
Lots of new technologies like USB 3.0 coming out. The new and more affordable processors from AMD and INTEL. Affordable graphics cards that deliver way above performance than the current available consoles.
The big winner will be Microsoft, but the ecosystem that surrounds this product is so vast that it is enough to boost the economy even if just a bit.

I recently built a very affordable $360 media center for my living room with Windows 7. Me and my family are loving it.
Running Batman Arkham Asylum with everything up with a great resolution.
NethLyn 23rd October 2009, 14:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Quote:
Originally Posted by VadimWolf
The biggest problem Vista had was all the numptys who haven't even tried it telling everyone who will listen about how crap it is.
No the biggest problem with Vista is that it offered no compelling reason for anyone to upgrade from XP. Sure, people who used it often liked it, but not enough to justify the upgrade cost.

All I know is, I don't want Microsoft deciding the refresh rate of my monitors, if I'm still running CRTs that work. With XP I can push to the full 100Hz and that's cool, with Vista, MS assumed the whole world was running a TFT. Hoping that 7 doesn't contain the same restriction - though the only delay to my buying it, is buying 2 extra gigs of RAM first of all so I can go 64-Bit.
stonedsurd 23rd October 2009, 15:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
get the 64bit version! 32bit versions are for netbooks only!
I tried 64-bit but it had weird memory leaks with Firefox, IDM and my laptop's fingerprint reader.

32-bit is good enough for me, I mean I'd rather have 3.5 gigs of usable RAM than 4 gigs of RAM that's being buggered by memory leaks from wayward programs (two of which are indispensable to me).
Richh999 23rd October 2009, 17:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by stonedsurd
MSDNAA - I've been on Win7 Pro 32bit for weeks :)

Same, except I got the 64bit version, I also am waiting on some other free copies from a friend from when I was at microsoft..
I now just need to look at the budget so I can upgrade to 6GB DDR3 and i7..
leexgx 23rd October 2009, 19:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by dark_avenger
Quote:
Originally Posted by thehippoz
just thought I'd add http://www.osnews.com/story/21499/Why_Windows_7_s_Default_UAC_Is_Insecure

set the UAC on the highest level, don't fall for the slippy guys.. well it keeps the support guys happy anyway- and the botnet has nothing to worry about XD puppets galore


first thing i did before even installing drivers was switch UAC off.
running Ultimate 64Bit

i would(do) run UAC on level 2 its not annoying at all (drivers and software install notify only and No dark screen so no delay) level 3 has dark UAC prompt (default setting so there could be an delay) Level 4 is Vista Full UAC (any thing that needs admin or mostly any system settings changes)

the thing is UAC or No UAC Norm users are going to install Crap or botnets spyware adware any way (Trust me i remove a lot of it from my customers) UAC does limit it an little but it end when they press alow or yes(as adware is becoming UAC aware it bypass it once you have allowed it to run it )
perplekks45 23rd October 2009, 21:19 Quote
I could ask the MS employees who work the company I work for to "organize" me a free Win7...
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