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Windows 8 uncertainty blamed for decline in PC sales

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    Windows 8 uncertainty blamed for decline in PC sales


    or the first time in five years, PC shipments over the holiday shopping season were lower than the year before - and IDC is blaming Windows 8.

    The research firm says that a hoped-for boost to sales from the new operating system failed to materialize, contributing to fourth quarter sales down by 6.4 percent, 4.5 percent in the US.

    "Although the third quarter was focused on the clearing of Windows 7 inventory, preliminary research indicates the clearance did not significantly boost the uptake of Windows 8 systems in Q4," says Jay Chou, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.
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    I think decline was already happening. People like tablets and smartphones and don't have as much need as they used to for an actual computer.

    I don't think Windows 8 had a darn thing to do with it.
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    When you get stories like this in the Wall Street Journal it's little wonder some people might be put off a bit.

    If you're thinking of upgrading your PC to the new Windows 8, be prepared for hassles and disappointment, especially if the computer is more than a year or two old—even if it technically meets the basic requirements to run the new version.

    I know this, because I've spent big chunks of the past week trying to upgrade to Windows 8 two big-name, well-regarded PCs—a 2008 Lenovo laptop and a 2009 Hewlett-Packard HPQ -0.74% touch-screen desktop. The process was painful, and it resulted in lost capabilities, even though both PCs ran Windows 7 quite well and met the minimum requirements for running Windows 8
    I installed Windows 8 on a 4 year old Netbook in less than an hour, even putting in some missing chipset drivers.
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    I installed Windows 8 on my Acer Aspire A0722 netbook with a dual core 1GHZ processor and 2 GB of ram. I installed it on Oct. 26th when I got Windows 8 and I have had no problems. In fact, it runs quicker and is more responsive than Windows 7 Home Premium.
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    Yeah, this had nothing to do with Win8.

    But, if the OEM's and Microsoft get out good hardware and a great message, then it will take off in 2013.
    But it's all on them to get it done. They are the ones who will ultimately make or break Win8 and the Windows Tablet Market.

    And I agree with Bill,,, I for one don't believe a word of that quote you gave.
    Either the reporter has no clue what they are doing, or they just wanted to bash Win8.
    Either way, they need to stop and seek help.

    Incidentally, I have Win8 running on a 6 year old Desktop. See Specs
    Been playing Max Payne 3, Dishonored, FallOut 3 (which does crash, but that is the games fault,, did the same since day one and is a known issue for everyone since it came out, but it is playable once it gets started proper, game issue, not a Windows issue)
    and many others, including Dead Island (which is another crash fest of a game due to horrible porting to PC)
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    PCs are like TVs, once everyone bought one, no one wants to buy a newer one when the one they already have works fine. Except, you only need to pay 40 dollars to upgrade the software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    PCs are like TVs, once everyone bought one, no one wants to buy a newer one when the one they already have works fine. Except, you only need to pay 40 dollars to upgrade the software.
    Yeah I think a lot of people took advantage of the 40 dollar upgrade offer, I'm about to download my 3rd one. Why not breathe some new life into older machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I think decline was already happening. People like tablets and smartphones and don't have as much need as they used to for an actual computer.

    I don't think Windows 8 had a darn thing to do with it.

    I'd have to agree. I also feel that many of these people are realising that they never actually had the need for a powerful machine in the first place, so aren't replacing them with another desktop/powerful laptop, but are embracing the tablet concept. And that's OK. But the market for full-function powerful PCs won't go away, although it will stabilise. Just as with Coke Robot's televisions.
    Wenda.
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    . . .as some have already said, "Can you say iPad or tablet."

    No one OS is causing computers sells to tank. With the focus at the present time being directed toward tablets/pads the good old desktop/laptop computers are becoming a thing of the past. When tablets first hit the market they needed to have PCs to bring them up to date, however over the past two years that has changed, hence there is no need to have the mighty desktop taking up space.

    Now that doesn't mean desktop systems are seeing their final days; it just means there are people out there who fine a need for them going the way of the "Buggy Whip."
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    I hear Windows 8 is also causing global warning...just sayin'

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