February 8, 2007 1:44 PM PST

PC sales jump in Vista's debut week

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After five weeks of sluggish PC sales, retailers received a big boost during the first week of Vista's launch, according to a report released Thursday by Current Analysis.

PC unit sales soared 173 percent at U.S. retail stores during the week ended February 3, compared with PC sales in the previous week, according to the report. Current Analysis also noted that during Vista's debut week PC unit sales rose 67 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Computers loaded with Microsoft's new operating system, Vista, made their debut during a midnight celebration January 29, but initial reports found interest paled in comparison with launches of previous versions of Windows.

The report also found that demand was higher for PCs with the more expensive version of the new operating system.

Notebooks loaded with Vista Home Premium accounted for 76 percent of all notebook PC sales, while Vista Home Basic represented only 16 percent, according to the report. It also noted that Vista Home Premium notebooks carried an average sales price of $863, while the Home Basic notebook version had an average sales price of $616.

"Microsoft is pleased with the initial response to Windows Vista," a company representative said in an e-mail.

Analysts note that Vista Home Premium appeals to experienced, middle-of-the-road users--a group that tends to also favor notebooks.

"Vista Basic is for the entry-level computer user, and you don't get a lot of the visual experiences that you do with Vista Premium," said Samir Bhavnani, research director for Current Analysis.

Vista Home Basic does not offer high-end media features or fancy graphics as the more expensive premium version does.

Desktops also experienced a bigger demand for premium versions of Vista, but the gap was not as wide. Vista Home Premium desktops accounted for 59 percent of all desktop PC sales, while Home Basic desktops garnered 33 percent.

The report is based on unit sales from five major retailers: Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Staples and Radio Shack.

"I felt the first-week numbers were pretty impressive, given this was during Super Bowl week and all the retailers were focused on selling big-screen TVs," Bhavnani said. "This week, a lot of the retailers are focused on Vista."

He also noted that Vista's sales performance six months from now will be far more telling of its success than the first week of sales.

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Wow
the article should be titled "Vista out sales OSX and Linux for desktops in one week". Muhahahahaha

Where are morons that stated they new alot of people that bought PC's with XP so as not to get a PC with Vista and that Vista sales would tank?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

To dam funny.
Posted by Lindy01 (443 comments )
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and pesticide veggies outsell organic ones . . .
Yah, and more Chevy Blazers outsell Toyota 4-Runners.

No thanks: I'll continue to use Vista and XP to test the Video,
Audio, Flash, Multimedia, Web Pages, and Print Publishing that
my company produces on OSX.

When it comes to business, we use OSX because the SYSTEM is
faster, better, cheaper. Period.

When it comes to games, I rely on XP -- it's a great gaming
system but not up to real production tasks.
Posted by dansterpower (2511 comments )
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jealous or you have no other work to do...
i really dont understand,why people would hate microsoft,,but yea,if you hate you have to comment,,ok now if you want to comment also,,why you have to say people who uses microsoft product are fools,and only people who uses apple product are genius???
in this way on around 4% of people who uses apple mac are great and me and another 90% people are fools using PC....
really just tell people what really makes you happy,,is it,,they have to tell people who uses mac,,that they are great..or just tell them self that they are fooll

explain the world,,if people uses pc,,,why they are fool and people who uses mac are great like you?????
and by the way..please described this too...that why are you great??????

i am not against anyone,and yea i uses pc...but,,why people like you feel that people like me who uses pc and 90% people around the world who uses pc are fool..
you are really dumb..
please explain dude

and this article again describe that,vista is liked by people,or people love microsoft product...
whats so ever,,,people are still buying it...
Posted by jaspal.m (52 comments )
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This site needs an "ignore" feature...
so that you can filter out the astroturfers and moronic talkbots.
Posted by extinctone (214 comments )
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Wow indeed...
Welcome to the Early Adopter Phase.

Let's see what happens as time passes. After all, the Zune sold
quite a few units when it first came out as well... care to guess at
how the Zune is (not) selling nowadays? ;)

/P
Posted by Penguinisto (5042 comments )
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Microsoft must be thrilled
that so many users have signed up for the Beta release of Vista.

With all these guinea pigs on-board they may well have the official release of Vista (code named Stable Product 1 or SP1) ready within the previously mentioned time frame - the latter half of 2007.

Not only that but the upgrade price of the Vista Home Beta to a version with the capabilities of WinXP Home Edition is a mere $140.

Personally I'm not so keen on beta testing this product yet, but I may change my mind when some of the mainstream hardware companies like Intel, nVidia and Creative start releasing drivers that work.

From what I've heard they still have some work to do in various areas such as Activation as well as some compatibility issues with software from a curiously familiar sounding company called Microsoft.
Posted by ajbright (447 comments )
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Heck, all software are betas....
even the SPs. Software by nature will never ship without bugs, even after multiple updates it will never be completely stable. Get off your soapbox and start living life with software in general. Life's too short to complain about stability.
Posted by spacydog (380 comments )
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All major software has bugs
I guess I'm a guinea pig.

So far, Vista has been running very well on my system (Dell laptop). I too have heard about incompatibility issues, but have not experienced any except Microsoft's own Visual Studio 2005 - which still ran anyways (there was a pop-up warning). There is a free update available to bring VS 2005 up-to-date wrt Vista.

All three of the companies you mentioned were slow to get drivers out, but they do have final drivers available now (not beta). Of course, I'm sure they will improve them as they compete in benchmarks :)

Haven't had any trouble with activation whatsoever, and the licensing terms are pretty reasonable - you can move the OS to any other computer as many times as you want. Not bad coming from MS.

Both Open Office and Office 2007 work great - although Office 2007 is vastly more polished and feature laden than OO... although let's face it, you can't beat OO's price - and it does most simple tasks just fine.

I can't say enough good things about Vista - I guess I am just really gung ho on it so far.

Funny thing though - looks like the only program MS didn't improve was notepad. That app. is a classic now lol
Posted by DrakeLoneStar (22 comments )
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Oh, you mean those 549.00 Desktops? LOL!
Oh yea, seen those $549.00 Desktops every friken Large Manufacture is making with what... ONLY 512MB of MEMORY! Pieces of JUNK!! The OS Need 420MB Just to Operate! I'll wait for the new article "PC Manufactures see losses in first quarter as many outraged customers ask for refunds on thousands of Desktops sold as "Office PC's" and "Basic PC's" Give me a break! PFFT!
Posted by bradyme (43 comments )
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Waaa don't laugh at me cheapness! waaaaa hehehehehehe
Actually, I just bought a pretty awesome machine for $699 plus tax = $740. HP A1730N from Office Max in Sunday's paper. Specs on it: AMD Live Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+ processor. 2GB DDR2 memory PC2-4200, 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive. Double Layer DVD +-RW Drive. Integrated GeForce 6150 LE graphics (5% slower than real card). 9-in-1 Media Reader. Windows Vista Home Premium. Can you find a sweeter deal? (I can still return it)
Posted by Fictia (32 comments )
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?
how stupid people buy that sh...? linux forever :)

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Posted by darmik2005 (18 comments )
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Just Like Zune: A Bump Up - Then the Plunge
Sure, a few escaped mental patients will buy a Windows upgrade pack by accident.

Then. Pfffst.
Posted by Sumatra-Bosch (526 comments )
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Yeah
Vista will just go pffst.

Seriously will even take 6 months before there are more systems running Vista vs OSX?

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/ITFacts/?p=12334" target="_newWindow">http://blogs.zdnet.com/ITFacts/?p=12334</a>

The top 4 Vendors in that list are selling Vista. Add up those numbers and for every copy of OSX that is sold 10.5 copies of Vista are sold.
Posted by Lindy01 (443 comments )
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And...
The only reason I'm looking at laptops are because the price dove. The only reason I'll own a copy of Vista, is because the stupid OS comes on the system. So are people really buying Vista? No, they are avoiding more issues down the road, and avoiding the hell of upgrading.

Personally, I enjoyed looking at the laptops, and turning the fancy theme off, reverting it to Classic Windows. The confused looks the CompUSA geeks made was well worth it!

Heck, here in my office of a fortune 37 company, I had a co-worker complain about how slow her system was. I showed her how to revert from Luna to Classic Windows, and her system zoomed.

This obsession with making Windows "look" better, is pathetic.
Posted by NWLB (326 comments )
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vista is...
Microsoft's attempt at providing a better 'user experience'.

I think users would have a greater experience if they knew their operating system was fast, reliable, and secure. Both XP and Vista try to meet these demands but the need to make profit overrides the need for stricter beta testing and quality control.

Don't even get me started with the updated EULA and WGA...
Posted by thedreaming (573 comments )
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Heh -
If you really want to blow their minds, boot off of an Ubuntu Live
CD in the store, like I've been doing lately (if they don't allow me
to do so, I leave)... :)
Posted by Penguinisto (5042 comments )
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windows vista
Is it necessary to change over to windows vista can I just keep my window xp
Posted by rwest419 (1 comment )
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You can keep XP
You are not required to upgrade the operating system. Microsoft will still provide updates to XP for several years to come.
Posted by Seaspray0 (9714 comments )
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Ummm
Have you *used* vista? I'm just curious is anything you are saying is
based on recent person experience or if you are just regurgitating
what other people have told you is true.
Posted by rapier1 (2722 comments )
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Actually bad news for Micro$oft
Microsoft makes considerably less off each copy of Windows preinstalled on a new computer, so this is good news for the PC Makers and their suppliers and BAD news for Micro$oft. They would prefer everyone to purchase the overinflated retail upgrades and full versions.
Also, PC makers' versions of windows tend to be activation free and can be installed on any one of their computers. In other words, if you get a CD/DVD with the PC makers version of winows, you can take that disk and load the OS onto any other computer manufactured by that same PC maker (only legal if it came with it originally of course), although I don't know if this is still true with Vista. M$ has wanted to close off this "loophole". and force you to re-purchase the O/S if you ever need to reload it (hard disk failure, virus failures are prime examples)
Posted by C_G_K (169 comments )
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Worse than you think...
...on the business side, I've seen actual reports of many large
businesses holding off on Vista for months... some for a year or
more.

Business is where MSFT makes its bank - through their Software
Assurance Program and other bulk licensing programs (not to
mention access licenses and etc).

If Vista flops in the business realm (where it truly is flopping on
the server front), then MSFT is screwed, profit-wise.

/P
Posted by Penguinisto (5042 comments )
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Ugh
Any new computer I buy, will have have a dual boot of Windows XP (for games and certain software) and Linux for everything else.

Vista is a bloated, DRM-restricted, junker. If they had IMPROVED anything on Vista, besides a resource-hogging GUI, I'd be interested.

But the majority of "features" have bugs, and the OS has a big problems being compatible with alot of older Windows software. And considering the main reason most people EVER use Windows is to run Windows-only software....doesn't look to good to me.
Posted by AdemoS (8 comments )
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Why dual-boot?
Get Win4Lin and run 'doze in a sandbox on top of Linux ( <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://" target="_newWindow">http://</a>
www.win4lin.com ) - that way you can at least minimize the
mess when Windows goes south.

/P
Posted by Penguinisto (5042 comments )
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oops - looks like Vista hath stumbled:
Gamers find tons of trouble w/ Vista:
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?" target="_newWindow">http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?</a>
command=viewArticleBasic&#38;articleId=9011078&#38;intsrc=hm_list


So... where are the MS fanboys now?

/P
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