And worse yet, less than two in five computer users intend to upgrade to the new OS.

In a recent survey published on Huffington Post, 27.4% still chose Windows 7 over Windows 8, despite Microsoft’s elaborate efforts to market the new operating system.

Which makes it pretty much in line with the general consensus in technology circles.

38.6% of those surveyed revealed that they were very likely or quite likely to upgrade to Windows 8, while another 27.4% said they were quite or very unlikely not to make the jump.

The survey was conducted by Toluna QuickSurveys, who asked the question to 2,000 people.

The jury is still out on how much of this is because of a lack of the need to upgrade, and how much is down to the new interface. Windows 7 is, after all, a perfectly fine operating system, one that still has years of mileage left in it.

Microsoft is still quite on the official sales figure – save for the 4 million copies shipped report.

But the company expects the recovery of the PC market next year, which it believes will also help towards increasing the sale of Windows 8.

Worryingly, almost half (48.8% to be exact) the respondents claimed that they do not plan to buy a new PC in the next twelve months.

Numbers aside, there surely is a shrug of shoulders towards the latest OS from consumers, and this survey is just more poof that Microsoft faces an uphill struggle when it comes to convincing computer users to either switch, or upgrade to Windows 8.

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  • khaled mourad

    upgraded my Windows 7 Lenovo S10-3t notebook to Windows 8 Pro
    Windows 8, the Greatest Windows ever,

    with NEW live tiles & Apps more usable than other Tablet OS
    with Windows 7 desktop, Software & accessories compatibility
    less than 1H to learn
    Touchscreen or mouse/keyboard smooth as silk using my traditional logitech M515 Couch mouse, no need for touch mouse, also good option T650 touchpad

    enjoy it and don’t let some basher annoying us

  • xinu

    As I don’t have touch enabled hardware (except for my tablet) I will be sticking with Windows 7. I ran Windows 8 on my laptop and main desktop and found the non-touch experience on Windows 8 lacking. It seemed to decrease my productivity, and I did not enjoy the experience (+ some critical software was not entirely compatible).

    Having said this, should I buy a new PC (unlikely before Windows 9), and should it be touch enabled, I would most certainly be happy to use Windows 8.

    Also (again unlikely), now with Sinofsky is gone should Microsoft reverse its decision on the start menu, and Microsoft would bring it back, I would upgrade today. Windows 8 is incredible stable, and I actually like the new desktop skin. Its very fluid and snappy.