At least one-third of new PCs are being downgraded from Windows Vista to Windows XP.
According to a report in Computerworld, these downgrades are being performed either by the PC vendor or the user himselg.
The statistics come from a report from Devil Mountain Software, which runs a community testing networks and measured more than 3 000 PCs – finding that almost 35% of them had been downgraded from Vista.
The number could even be higher, says researchers, but it shows a clear preference for the older operating system among the user community.
During the last six months, most new PCs have been shipped with Vista pre-installed, but the licence includes the option to downgrade to XP.
Microsoft stopped shipping XP from the end of July, but some PC manufacturers will continue to pre-install it for customers for the next year.