It's widely known throughout the kingdom that Windows Vista doesn't have the following that Windows XP enjoys, but apparently it's worse than we thought. Research seems to indicate that more than one computer in three has been downgraded from Vista to XP either by the manufacturer or the end user.
Vista’s death march picked up some pace yesterday, after a metrics researcher revealed that nearly 35 per cent of PCs built to run the Windows operating system have been downgraded to XP.
In a survey of more than 3,000 computers, performance testing software developer Devil Mountain Software estimated that more than one in three new machines had either been downgraded by vendors such as Dell, or by customers once they bought the PC.
I'm a little perplexed by this. Sure, my wife's Vista-laden Compaq laptop was a little uppity about my wireless network, and things in the OS weren't always where I expected them to be, but after a few weeks of shuckin' and jivin', we figured it out and moved on. Apparently one in three folks aren't as forgiving as I am.
Source: Register Hardware