Wednesday, November 28th 2012

Microsoft Sells 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses

Yesterday at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference Microsoft's Tami Reller (Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Windows division) has announced that, in its first month of life, Windows 8 has reached 40 million sold licenses, outspacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades.

Microsoft did not provide one-month numbers for Windows 7 but the estimates back then were that it sold about 40 million copies, meaning Windows 8 is pretty much on par with its predecessor after one month. Not a bad start for Windows 8 but certainly not a raging success.
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33 Comments on Microsoft Sells 40 Million Windows 8 Licenses

#2
seniorcitizen
Windows 8 problems

Let me be clear that I failed rocket science education.

I am a senior citizen. I have survived changing what seemed heart failure/stroke-like experiences from Win95, Win98, through XP, through Vista (uggggg), and Win7.

Recently bought computer with Win8. I am close to returning the p.c. and staying with Windows 7. So I am asking if anyone can help me before I throw in the towel.

Keep in mind, before many of you open-minded people from the younger generation share your comments about the ease of Win8, the challenge of Win8 to your versatile and intelligent minds, that you have parents, grandparents, and possibly great-grandparents, who only want to enjoy their computer and online experiences with SIMPLICITY and EASE. Many of us are just too old to to google the definition of each term that you use; not to mention time restraints in googling each term,,,,many of us are left in a state of confusion with one foot wavering over the nearest cliff,,,

That being said, I understand that one can change Win8 to operate as Win7. If I cannot do this, I truly give up. I don't know what ribbons are, and many of the other terms used in this forum.

Is there anyone that can give precise, simple, step-by-step instructions on changing Win8 to operate as Win7?

Thank you to anyone that has the time to help.
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james888
by: seniorcitizen
Let me be clear that I failed rocket science education.

I am a senior citizen. I have survived changing what seemed heart failure/stroke-like experiences from Win95, Win98, through XP, through Vista (uggggg), and Win7.

Recently bought computer with Win8. I am close to returning the p.c. and staying with Windows 7. So I am asking if anyone can help me before I throw in the towel.

Keep in mind, before many of you open-minded people from the younger generation share your comments about the ease of Win8, the challenge of Win8 to your versatile and intelligent minds, that you have parents, grandparents, and possibly great-grandparents, who only want to enjoy their computer and online experiences with SIMPLICITY and EASE. Many of us are just too old to to google the definition of each term that you use; not to mention time restraints in googling each term,,,,many of us are left in a state of confusion with one foot wavering over the nearest cliff,,,

That being said, I understand that one can change Win8 to operate as Win7. If I cannot do this, I truly give up. I don't know what ribbons are, and many of the other terms used in this forum.

Is there anyone that can give precise, simple, step-by-step instructions on changing Win8 to operate as Win7?

Thank you to anyone that has the time to help.
Classic shell is as close as you will get
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#4
seniorcitizen
Must I travel to Idaho for the classic shell? :)

How do I locate classic shell? Please....
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#6
Ravenas
It is sad that someone has to come on techpowerup to simply figure out how to use an operating system.

Epic fail Microsoft.
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#7
3870x2
It might be a better idea that you move back to windows 7, esp if that is what you are comfortable with.

I think that in the future, win8 will be moved more in the direction that 7 was, until then I wouldn't waste your time with it.

On the other hand, since you already have it, you will only get more and more comfortable with it. Your confusion with the system is not only because you are a senior citizen. When I first used windows 8, I was completely lost, and I am on my 8th year as an IT analyst.
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#8
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
I ended up moving back to windows 7 due to networking issues and it happened on three separate cards (they are all wireless G and atleast 2 years old so yea probably drivers.)
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