Actually I have a Dell 1521 that came with XP, never worked well. I put Vista on it an it was better but slower and I used to lockup (no crash) a couple times a week. I thought it had a power supply problem. When the free Window 7 RC came out I decided to give it a shot on that crappy 1521. Not only did it start running well and very snappy, I haven't had a lockup since. It runs great and it loves Windows 7. Windows 7 in better than XP that came with it.
I think a lot of poeple will switch when they see how nice it really is.
I have purchased upgrades starting with Windows 95 going all the way to Vista, no more, I cannot afford it and no longer have the need for a lot of the features. I can use the $119+ toward my auto license renewal or something that will be more beneficial to me rather than just to be current. Funny how our priorities change as we get older and poorer.
The president of the Japanese unit of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said Thursday that prerelease orders over the past month for its new Windows 7 operating system have equaled three months-worth of sales of its predecessor Windows Vista.
Yasuyuki Higuchi added that Windows 7 is expected to drive sales of 36 million new PCs in Japan, citing an industry estimate.