Microsoft's much-hyped Windows 7 was released this week, and has proved a hit with V3.co.uk readers, over 40 per cent of whom plan to upgrade to the new operating system.
Our Windows 7 upgrade poll also showed that a further nine per cent will upgrade once the first service pack is released, but a fairly sizeable 15 per cent said that the upgrade costs are too prohibitive to consider a move.
One reader, Jeff Owen, said: "I have many programs and hardware that will not work with Vista and presumably Windows 7 that I do not wish to lose in any upgrade. I have five PCs all working OK with XP, so any changes will be very expensive."
Another, A. Webster, commented that, even though Windows 7 appears to be the next step, "with the admission that Vista is not as good as XP why would anyone spend even more cash?".
The poll revealed that, despite the hype, 12 per cent of V3.co.uk readers are happy with their current operating system and plan to skip this release.
"It's all very well all the techno savvy saying they will upgrade to Windows 7, however I guess for the vast bulk of computer users the new OS will be of little interest as people will only upgrade to Win7 if they happen to buy a new PC," wrote James Beaumont.
"I bought a new PC last year with Vista to replace an XP machine, I have a laptop which still runs 98SE - but it does all I want it to do. I won't be upgrading to Win7, my computers are working fine as they are."
Another, Niall Edwards, said that XP still has most of the core functionality he needs. "I haven't delved too deeply into Windows 7 yet, but it seems to offer lots of frills that I neither want nor need," he added.
Nine per cent of readers said that they use open source, while eight per cent indicated that they are switching to Macs.
Make up your own mind by reading our in-depth review of Windows 7.
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