Think you know what Windows users want and use their PC for? Think again. We use a new tool to investigate just what PC's in the real-world are used for.

Although Microsoft insists otherwise, there's no doubt that Windows Vista has been seen as a flop.

Even Microsoft's Vista deployment statistics are suspect, as the company counts every new PC sale as a Vista sale, even in companies with site licences that allow them to run any version of Windows, a practice undertaken at many businesses. But how suspect? Thanks to real-world PC usage data from the, we now know.

As it turns out, two years after Windows Vista's release not even 30 percent of PCs actually run it. And those that do are almost exclusively the Home Premium version, meaning that Vista is employed mainly by home users who likely got Vista preinstalled on a new PC.

The chart below shows the current data compiled by the, a community-based monitoring tool that receives real-time data from about 10,000 PCs throughout the world, 25 percent of which are situated in larger business environments.

The tool tracks what PCs people actually use, their specific configurations, the applications they run, and so on. The data is anonymised to keep the information private, then aggregated to produce a wide range of reports on what PC owners actually use, providing an ongoing real-world snapshot of the state of Windows.

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