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Windows 7 Is Still Top Operating System

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Windows 10, Windows 8

Windows 7 is still the most popular operating system out there. According to stats from NetMarketShare, the OS can be found on nearly 52% of computers in use. Windows 10 is coming on strong, though. The new OS is currently found on 14% of PCs and will probably see a surge in numbers as we get closer to the end of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and 8.1 users.


Windows 8 and 8.1 can be found on 12% of PCs and XP is still on nearly 11% of PCs, despite the fact that security support ended two years ago. Vista runs on close to 1.5% of PCs.

Mac OS X 10.11 can be found on 4% of computers and 10.10 runs on 2%. While Linux users are extremely loyal, less than 2% of home users are running a Linux-based system.

~ Cynthia

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46 Responses to “Windows 7 Is Still Top Operating System”

  1. Stephanie Staker says:

    I am still using Windows 7 and reluctant to install Windows 10. I hear such conflicting stories! My computer is almost 2 years old but, according to Microsoft, it “Windows 10 Ready”. Because Windows 10 is new, I am inclined to upgrade but have held off since every time I think I’ll do it, I read some horror story that someone else has experienced.

    • Chris says:

      Windows automatically upgraded me without even “reserving” it! Since I fear doing certain things on my computer (like this, for example), I contacted the Geek Squad at Best Buy and they walked me through what to do next. So far, Win 10 has not been a problem. I did, however, also have to update my AOL to their current version (which AOL did for me). I feared upgrading to Win 10 so much, that now I see there’s no problem at all…… desktop looks the same.

  2. Meha Smith says:

    I too was petrified- and was planning on doing itthat day, [I gained my confidence right here -WorldStart – I touched nothing-then, poof- my PC greeted me-saying ‘Welcome to Windows 10′ I held my breath as I watched the circle going around…seemed reasonable to me [I do have a lot of photography and documents on my PC]…took about 45 minutes.
    All is well -I had to remove all those bloated & unnecessary tiles / made small icons – put everyting the way I wanted it….not bad…whew! Not bad at all.
    All folders and files in place…one of my print shops -sometimes ‘burps’ and Win 10 tells me it’s not compatible…but we fool it…-so take the plunge…
    I tutor computer and now I feel more confident taking someone through it.
    I like my clean simple screen-with the black satin background!
    Again, thanks to WorldStart and Cynthia!!
    Meha / Northbrook,IL

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