Chris Stephens (Vice President - Operations)

UPDATE: Windows 8 vs. Windows 7

Written on April 11, 2013 by Chris Stephens

Back in December, Brett brought some interesting information about the sales of Windows 8 vs. Windows 7. Yesterday some not-so-good-news dropped about the state of PC shipments in the last quarter.

So I thought I would do a follow-up because the last quarter here at Puget Systems has been great, contrary to the market at large. After reading the news yesterday I began to wonder how much of an impact Windows 8 really was having in the greater consumer PC market. I concede there are larger market forces at play here and the mobile market is a beast, for sure. But, there is a big difference in strategy among PC system builders.


Yes, as Brett pointed out, we still offer Windows 7 along with Windows 8, various Linux releases, heck, even Windows XP; you can pick your flavor. However, about 60% of the PC market is controlled by 5 companies. When you walk into your local retailer you will see rows and rows of their machines...almost all on Windows 8. After buying the bulk of 60 million Windows 8 licenses the major PC manufacturers had little choice than to open an ice cream shop with just one flavor: Windows 8.

So given a choice, what are people deciding to install? I ran some sales figures starting from when Brett's numbers left off up thru yesterday and here are the results:

As you can see there is still overwhelming demand for Windows 7. Personally, I am still running Windows 7 and let my upgrade offer expire. I have my reasons for sticking with Win7 and I am happy with my choice.

Did you make the switch to Win8 or not? What do you think, did Windows 8 speed up the decline of PC sales last quarter?

Tags: Windows 7, Windows 8, sales, Microsoft, PC
Neville Sarkari

I'm using Win 8 on a desktop PC since October 2012 (no touch screen) and I'm happy. I've used it all since MS-DOS 2.1, so I don't mind change. Add to that a great new PC from the Puget folks, and I've had no real complaints about Win 8. That being said, I use it in the desktop mode about 98% of the time, and only flip to the tiles very rarely...

Posted on 2013-04-22 02:07:25

It will be interesting to see if the upcoming Windows 8.1 (Windows Blue) will intice folks to adopt Win 8.

Some reports I have read indicate that MS will include an option to boot straight to the desktop and there will be a return of the Start Button/Menu, while others are saying this isn't true.

Here's what CNET had to say:

So, at this juncture, we'll just have wait and see what the changes are when the Preview is released in June. 8.1 is due for RTM this August.

Posted on 2013-04-28 15:01:56

If you hate Windows 8, maybe it's time to give Ubuntu a try. It's free, and you can try it on a live CD without even installing it to your hard drive. Just saying.

Posted on 2013-05-01 05:52:56

I like Win 8 now but it took an aggravating week to get used to it. MS would have done themselves and customers a favor by putting some documentation in the box going over the changes and how to navigate the new OS.
No one puts documentation in anything anymore. Remember when computer games had maps and keyboard layouts?

Posted on 2013-05-09 00:59:36

I always wondered why they didn't have a little tutorial upon first boot up, showing you (interactively) how to use the main features. Something - almost anything - would have been better than dumping people into a new UI without any help.

Posted on 2013-05-09 16:10:40

We agree! We couldn't bring ourselves to accept the lack of UI documentation on our PCs, so we made up our own 1 page guide on Windows 8 in our packet binder we ship with each PC.

Posted on 2013-05-09 16:20:06

To be honest, I bought from Puget purely because of the ability to chose Windows 7. Had the "big players" offered choice, I probably would have just bought there as I have always done. In a very real sense, Puget gained a new customer (and likely a repeat customer) because of the WIndows 8 debacle.

Posted on 2013-06-02 04:00:58

I chose Windows 8 Pro in the build I ordered today. A few reasons:

1. I'm a software developer, and a lot of the software I work on is for Windows. So I need to keep up with the latest.

2. Windows 8 Pro has built-in Hyper-V virtualization. I figure virtualization will be more reliable if it's built into the stock OS kernel, not a third-party add-on.

3. Though I still find the Start screen somewhat jarring, there are other aspects of the Windows 8 look that I like, such as the login screen and the all-around flatter UI.

I suppose I'm in the minority, though.

Posted on 2013-06-29 01:34:27
Kyle Hill

The other shoe that was dropped was compatibility. For most people setting up emulators is a pain and they don't always perform as good especially with 3D software/games that are heavy demanding like Sim City 3000 or 4 or some obscure games like New Adventures Of The Time Machine.

Or even more obscure some of Microsoft Kids programs back when they had a lineup of software developed in-house to work to the max on that OS.

Nobody wants an OS without software. It's like buying a toaster without any bread and you just do waffles in it which you'd be better off with a waffle maker. (Android)

Posted on 2017-05-04 14:31:54
Kyle Hill

With each OS compatibility is more and more limited. Damon Tools Lite 4.5 is not compatible with 10 and the new one you can't mount to SCI.

Posted on 2017-05-04 14:32:44