Windows 7 RTM Tops 240 Sold Licenses in Year One

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:22 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:22

What do you think, will Windows 7 get to 300 million licenses by the end of 2010? Over 240 million copies have already been sold, Microsoft reveals as it celebrates the one-year anniversary of Windows 7.

From the Windows team blog:

Today’s an exciting day! We are announcing that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold. Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history. As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications as of October 1st). There is an amazing array of great PCs out on the market today. Six months after launch, 100% (over 18,000) of our OEM partners were selling Windows 7 PCs versus 70% for Windows Vista PCs at a comparable time period. And there is an incredible ecosystem of products – software and hardware – that work great with Windows 7 too. You can check out and discover many of those products at Windows Product Scout which was announced yesterday.

Over the last year, we saw that customer satisfaction for Microsoft had outpaced Apple in February and in May the American Customer Satisfaction Index report showed a jump in customer satisfaction for Microsoft in 2010 over the previous year. Both of these attribute Windows 7 as the key factor for improved customer satisfaction for Microsoft. Customers are very happy with Windows 7.

Businesses are getting on the Windows 7 train. Microsoft News Center has a fantastic article giving an overview of Windows 7 for business and includes perspectives from analysts and Microsoft executives highlighting several Windows 7 customers. I also recommend keeping an eye on the Windows for your Business Blog as we’ll also be continuing to highlight customers there too!

And of course we’re committed to delivering more value within Windows 7 for customers going forward. We’ve just released Windows Live Essentials 2011 and the beta of Internet Explorer 9. We want people using Windows 7 to have the best PC+ cloud experience. The beta of Internet Explorer 9 has been downloaded 6 million times as of Oct. 1st.

To celebrate Windows 7 at one year, we wanted to share our 7 lists of favorite Windows 7 highlights. We’re going to want you to share your list of 7 favorite things about Windows 7 but I’ll get to that in a minute.


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Windows 7 Ultimate Integrated, Pirates Claim No Activation/Serial Is Necessary

Last Updated on Monday, 28 December 2009 02:47 Written by Mire_B Monday, 28 December 2009 02:47

Despite the efforts made by Microsoft to protect Windows 7 from piracy, hackers have found more than one way around the mitigations built into the platforms. The latest bits I came across involve 32-bit and 64-bit OEM copies of Windows 7 Ultimate Integrated. The “Integrated” label was obviously added by the authors of the pirated Win 7 copies, which claim that the operating system needs no serial and no activation. I haven’t tried the downloads in question as of yet, but they’re on my ‘to do’ list. The names of the files are as follows: Microsoft.Windows.7.ULTIMATE.x86.Integrated.December.2009.OEM.DVD-BIE  and
Microsoft.Windows.7.ULTIMATE.x64.Integrated.December.2009.OEM.DVD-BIE, but you won’t get download links from CodenameWindows.com.


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Platform Update for Windows Vista Disappears in Vista to Vista Upgrades

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2009 01:15 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 17 December 2009 01:15

Functionality in KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” is lost when upgrading from one Vista edition to another

When upgrading from one Vista edition to another Vista edition, the functionality in KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” may be lost. This scenario occurs when the original Vista edition had KB 971644 installed.

When upgrading from one edition of Windows Vista with KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” to another edition of Windows Vista (for example, upgrading from Professional to Ultimate), the registry keys added by KB 971644 will be removed from the registry and pre-existing binaries which were updated by Windows 7 IP will be replaced with the non-updated versions provided by the new edition of Vista. New binaries introduced by KB 971644 that did not previously exist in Windows Vista will remain but without their corresponding registry key entries.

To resolve this issue, reinstall the KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” update after upgrading to the new edition.

The following scenario is provided as an example of this behavior.

Steps:

1. The user has installed Windows Vista Home Premium edition with appropriate service packs

2. The user then installs KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista”

3. Later, the user upgrades to Windows Vista Ultimate edition with appropriate service packs

Result:

· KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” is overwritten on the system

o All KBs related to KB 971644 under “Installed Update” entries are removed

o Pre-existing Vista binaries that were updated by KB are replaced with the pre-KB 97164 versions provided in the Vista upgrade.

o New binaries introduced to Vista through KB 971644 will remain unchanged in the system folders

o All registry keys for all binaries in KB 971644 are deleted

· Upgraded Windows Vista functions normally but KB 971644 functionality is no longer available.

Required Steps to restore functionality:

1. Re-install the KB 971644 – “Platform Update for Windows Vista” update .

Result:

All KB 971644 updates are applied and KB 971644 functionality is available to the upgraded system.


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