Last edited by alphanumeric; 30 Nov 2015 at 06:25.
When these stats are gathered, I wonder how the raw data is analysed and updated over time. A few considerations: if their source data shows a W7 or W8 upgrade to W10 - from a stats gathering point of view, that is a minus for the previous OS and a plus for the new, but what if the user rolls back to the previous OS, do the stats get updated (if that is even possible)? What if the user dual boots - do the stats still show a minus for the previous OS ? If an OS is not internet connected, e.g. running XP under Linux, is that an XP minus even though the OS is still being used? What about pirated copies - are they counted in these numbers or not? As W10 is a multi-platform OS (phone, tablet, PC, other), whereas W7 and W8 are not - are the stats a fair representation of user preference of one OS over another? When are manufacturer copies of an OS counted, e.g., pre-installed and available for sale or when sold? I am not questioning the validity of the stats, but the anomalies that happen in real world computing may not (or can not) be accurately reflected in hard numbers such the example given.
At 64.2%, Windows 7 is still installed on more devices than all the others (35.8%) put together!!
Going strictly by these forums, there is a lot of activity on sevenforums and much less on eightforums.
Some of that is because updating from 7 to 10 has more problems than updating from 8/8.1 to 10 does but I also interpret that to mean there are less 8/8.1 users left so the posts have dropped off.
I still feel that Win7 was MS's best desktop only OS ever.
Ironically W10 2015 Enterprise N LTSB is pretty much the same thing in W10 dress. Damn fast too.
Bingo , when you are relentless on pushing a product and are giving it away in the first place i think it's extremely obvious as to why the #'s are what they are .
I'm actually surprised Win 10's percentage isn't much much higher , it should be as enough time has passed.
W7 still at 64% is not good news for MS.