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150 Million Licenses of Windows 7 Sold
The Windows Blog ^ | June 23, 2010 | Brandon LeBlanc

Posted on 06/26/2010 5:58:57 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier

I have a couple of things to tell you about today. First off, we are excited to announce that Windows 7 has sold 150 million licenses to-date. As I’ve said before, Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history with 7 copies of Windows 7 sold every second. Earlier this month, I published a post about Tami Reller’s keynote at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch U.S. Technology Conference. One of the points that stood out for me was her comment that between companies actively deploying and evaluating it, approximately 75% of enterprises are looking at Windows 7 for their organization. That’s amazing! And of course people continue to be excited about the features and benefits of Windows 7, and the PCs that our partners are delivering for Windows 7. You can read about many of the awesome Windows 7 PCs from my colleague Ben Rudolph (Ben the PC Guy) over on the Windows Experience Blog.

(Excerpt) Read more at windowsteamblog.com ...


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Wow - 8 months from release, 150 million copies sold. That's nearly 20 million copies a month, and as the article mentions - 7 copies EVERY SECOND.

THAT is market adoption. That eclipses total OSX usage in just 8 months.

1 posted on 06/26/2010 5:59:01 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier
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To: for-q-clinton; driftdiver

FYI - Windows 7 is exploding... In popularity. Already eclipsed total OSX market share, in just 8 months.


2 posted on 06/26/2010 6:00:22 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

My daughter loves it, I want it but I need a better system first, and the Air Force won’t adopt it yet. They are still “enamored” with Vista. What a bunch of bozos!


3 posted on 06/26/2010 6:02:43 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: ShadowAce

tech ping please.


4 posted on 06/26/2010 6:05:15 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: ducttape45

I believe Windows 7 needs to pass some testing before it’s approved. I’m pretty sure the Air Force actually owns win7 already they just need to deploy it and with a large enterprise like that it takes a bit of planning to roll it out and be prepared to support it. The real bozo’s are those staying on XP.


5 posted on 06/26/2010 6:07:03 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Get 7 if you can. You won’t be disappointed.


6 posted on 06/26/2010 6:07:48 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Dallas59

I wish I knew more before I “bit”...I need the 32 bit technology...so have to upgrade to professional.


7 posted on 06/26/2010 6:10:20 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: for-q-clinton

Someone please explain to me why it is so much better than Vista? Lighyning struck the outhouse, and I had to buy a new computer. It came with Windows 7. I see a small difference, but can’t detect any improvement. Why is it better than the Vista I had?


8 posted on 06/26/2010 6:11:07 PM PDT by csmusaret (The way his orders become law, Obama's personal automobile must be a Fiat.)
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To: csmusaret

Well you should be noticving better boot times, faster response times, a better eco-system with a more efficient useage of ram and there are some under the hood improvements. If you never really saw any problems with Vista you likely won’t see vast improvements with 7. However if you had one of those systems that just was cranky with Vista, Windows 7 will seem like a god send. It does to me.


9 posted on 06/26/2010 6:15:38 PM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: csmusaret

It really isn’t much better than Vista. However, that’s largely because following SP1, Vista was extremely stable and secure. I had zero problems with Vista for more than two years (still use it at home) and have had zero problems with 7. They aren’t substantially different.

I guess it’s a matter of getting the people who still use XP and are convinced Vista is bad software to finally use it (under the new name of Windows 7).


10 posted on 06/26/2010 6:15:56 PM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: csmusaret

Honestly it’s not a huge difference.

Vista had issues with branding and launch and never was able to shake their bad launch. If you had a machine to run vista then win7 isn’t a huge leap.

But Vista had something called the vista ready and vista capable program before it launched so people could buy a new PC and then upgrade to vista when it launched. Well the OEM had crappy drivers for those machines and no one wanted to update their printer drivers instead they wanted people to buy new printers so the OEM (HP, Epson, dell, etc...) could make more money. Also the specs for Ready and capable weren’t really what one should have it was the bare minimums so when they installed vista with crappy drivers and minimum specs it bombed.

Since that time Vista drivers became stable so going to win7 is no big deal since they are basically the same driver for the most part.

Win7 gets a good name and reputation where as vista had a bad name.


11 posted on 06/26/2010 6:16:19 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

What is the install base of OSX?


12 posted on 06/26/2010 6:19:09 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Coming from a UNIX guy, I like Windows 7. I also like win2008 server core. I hope MS keeps it up and reaches out more to the old sk00lers and mainframers. PowerShell is pretty nice of what I know so far.


13 posted on 06/26/2010 6:22:09 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: flintsilver7

You are lucky, I guess. My garbage work machine dies 2 or 3 times per shift for no reason. Vista is a pig.

Hopefully the AF will phase in 7 ASAP.

Hopefully it will work.

I miss my old 2001 machine that never died.


14 posted on 06/26/2010 6:22:09 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Jet Jaguar

There’s always a reason, and I’m sure I could fix it. People just like to blame the OS when it isn’t at fault.


15 posted on 06/26/2010 6:23:53 PM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

I work with computers every day, and didn’t want to jump on the Vista bandwagon, choosing to remain with XP. Finally, for reason I won’t discuss here, I broke down and installed Windows 7 about three months ago. I’ll admit, I’ve been very impressed with how smooth the OS runs and I’m by no means a Microsoft fanatic.


16 posted on 06/26/2010 6:27:08 PM PDT by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Primary buyers being OEMs I presume.


17 posted on 06/26/2010 6:27:37 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Its all bullshit. Windows vista crap froze until I loaded 7 and erased my whole hard drive, now it works


18 posted on 06/26/2010 6:37:38 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: FlyingEagle

Windows 7 was just service pack four for Vista.


19 posted on 06/26/2010 6:42:08 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Dallas59

I’ve got Win 7 Pro loaded for 64 bit systems, and do a lot of cross-platform development in the 32 bit virtual PC. Boots extremely quickly, VERY stable, slick looking, I love the Aero taskbar (window preview), and overall stability of this system. VERY well done!


20 posted on 06/26/2010 6:49:31 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: for-q-clinton

I think around 130 million - about 5% of the total PC market.


21 posted on 06/26/2010 6:52:47 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: Mr. Blonde

Probably a good chunk, but I know lots of retail packages have sold through distribution channels.

Assuming an average price of $30 per OS (OEM and retail), we’re looking at $4.5 billion in sales of Windows 7 alone, in 8 months. That means close to $7 billion in sales in the first year, at the current rate. That’s a huge amount of revenue from just the new OS (they’re still selling lots of XP licenses, as well).


22 posted on 06/26/2010 6:57:24 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier
THAT is market adoption.

And a lot of folks who got Vista running fast...

23 posted on 06/26/2010 6:58:05 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

You need to report this up through the INOSC or at least email the support alias for desktops in teh air force. hit me on freepmail if you need the email address.


24 posted on 06/26/2010 7:02:50 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

I still have 5 NT servers runing, Compaq Proliant’s....I think they would survive a nuclear strike, best servers I have ever seen. Sadly they are going away, Microsoft’s license fees for Exchange, SQL Server and the os were just too much. Transitioning everything to OS X.


25 posted on 06/26/2010 7:05:22 PM PDT by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Windows 7 on a brand new 3GHz machine with 4GB of ram for $170 (OEM License) or xubuntu for on an old T20 laptop, a .75GHz machine with .5GB of RAM for $0 and the time spent burning an ISO file to a DVD and installing it? The performance is about the same and nobody is writing viruses for xubuntu


26 posted on 06/26/2010 7:06:02 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Anyone who has read Roman history knows a barbarian invasion when they see one.)
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To: csmusaret

Me no techie. All I know is that I could never stay online with the wireless connection with my Vista laptop. (Running XP on the desktop.) I got my daughter her first laptop for Christmas; it was Windows 7 and worked perfectly. So I upgraded my laptop from Vista to Windows 7 and it now works perfectly as well.


27 posted on 06/26/2010 7:07:06 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: PugetSoundSoldier
I'm a PC, always have been and certainly not a Windows or MS hater. But my experience over the last few weeks with W7 has been full of frustration. Navigating files seems to always take at least 1 more click than XP (The "libraries" paradigm doesn't help me AT ALL.)

But more importantly the nanny permissions restrictions are SO annoying. I'm 1 user/Admin on the machine, and yet I'm always being told I don't have permission to see this, or I don't have permission to change that. I loaded Google Sketchup and I couldn't save a file! (It tells me the file I'm trying to save isn't found; no kidding, it doesn't exist yet!) And it's a nightmare to give permissions. Numerous clicks through numerous submenus followed by numerous check boxes. Really, really a pain in the ass. If I thought I could easily go back to XP right now I do it in a heartbeat. I never had any problems with XP (which is why I never bothered with Vista.)

I'm praying it get's better.

28 posted on 06/26/2010 7:15:00 PM PDT by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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To: LoneStarGI

My Daughter has two Win7 machines and they are far above the Vista she was using. I am still with XP but am impressed with Windows7 and will probably upgrade soon.


29 posted on 06/26/2010 7:25:49 PM PDT by calex59
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To: The Good Doctor
Navigating files seems to always take at least 1 more click than XP (The "libraries" paradigm doesn't help me AT ALL.)

I always make a link to my pictures that I drop on my desktop; however, I keep most of my documents in my own file structure, so that I can keep all my client's files well organized.

I loaded Google Sketchup and I couldn't save a file! (It tells me the file I'm trying to save isn't found; no kidding, it doesn't exist yet!)

Is that Win7 failing, or is that Sketchup? The OS will report back you have a bad path (unknown directory), or that the file already exists (in which case the program should prompt if you want to overwrite the file). So I'd say this is probably the app, not the OS that is causing the problem.

Numerous clicks through numerous submenus followed by numerous check boxes. Really, really a pain in the ass.

I was an old W2K style control panel guy, even through the XP years. But I've found that I really like god mode in Windows 7. Check it out - everything in one location, you can find just about any setting possible in a really quick manner.

And to get the look and most of the feel of XP, this might work for you.

30 posted on 06/26/2010 7:29:28 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: Sacajaweau

Similar with me.

I still use some old DOS programs and early Windows programs that have no updates and have no good modern equivalents.

They run fine under WindowsXP, but I wonder whether they would run under 7.

I use an IE6-based tabbed browser that has some add-on tools that are not available for IE7 or IE8, and I don’t want to give them up.

I keep looking at the new machines with Win7, but haven’t convinced myself to buy yet.


31 posted on 06/26/2010 7:44:08 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

Try dowloading Dosbox, it is free and will run an actual dos window(not the fake one that XP has)and will run any dos program ever made. It works on XP and Vista so I would imagine it will run on Win7.


32 posted on 06/26/2010 7:47:46 PM PDT by calex59
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To: TomGuy

I have the same situation; I have Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, and many of my old DOS and Win95 apps don’t run in Windows 7...

However, the free Windows XP (32 bit) virtual PC works perfectly, including real-time hardware access. Download the virtual PC for Windows 7, and you end up with a complete version of 32 bit XP that you can run in its own process, and has all the capabilities of normal XP Pro.


33 posted on 06/26/2010 7:50:09 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; ...

34 posted on 06/26/2010 7:52:08 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: The Good Doctor

That was similar to my short experience with IE7.

I downloaded and tried it. I didn’t like it at all.

It had so few operational options that I found it useless, uninstalled it, and returned to IE6. [I use an IE-6 based tabbed browser for FR and Firefox for most other activities.]

I tried Google’s Chrome, but it too didn’t have many options. The one thing I hates was a list of ‘sites you just visited’ displayed on the screen at all times. I couldn’t find a way to turn that off.


35 posted on 06/26/2010 7:54:29 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: csmusaret

They cleaned up UAC, it’s faster, it’s more stable, it has better driver support than when Vista shipped, and it’s got that virtual XP thingy which can be handy.


36 posted on 06/26/2010 7:55:49 PM PDT by discostu (like a dog being shown a card trick)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

I had read about that Virtual XP in Window7, but that is only for the Pro and Ultimate versions. It doesn’t work in the Home version.

I also read some about Dosbox. If I do get a Win7 machine, I will try Dosbox. I don’t need it for DOS programs on my XP machine.


37 posted on 06/26/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Michael Barnes
Coming from a UNIX guy, I like Windows 7. I also like win2008 server core.

My sentiments exactly. Windows 7 is, of course, Vista - Vista as it should have been when it was released. It's dismaying that MS took so long to develop Vista and then took so much longer to finally get it right. But Windows 7 works well for me - it's replaced XP nicely for me and I think it matches up pretty evenly with Snow Leopard.
38 posted on 06/26/2010 8:09:44 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

I bought Win 7 the week it came out.
I also bought a very fast Solid state hard drive to put it on.

My impressions so far: AWESOME


39 posted on 06/26/2010 8:18:31 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Why have these sales not been translating to a gain in their stock price as it appears it has slid 20% since March...


40 posted on 06/26/2010 8:22:17 PM PDT by tubebender (Life is short so drink the good wine first...)
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To: ducttape45

Vista?

Being an old IT guy with many old gov contracts i am sort of surprised it’s still not Win98.
from experience with lots of fed contracts they are really not that advanced when it comes to computers and their OS’S.


41 posted on 06/26/2010 8:23:32 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: for-q-clinton
I'm still an XP user! :-))

No offense taken, in case you wondered.

42 posted on 06/26/2010 8:25:21 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: PugetSoundSoldier
"Is that Win7 failing, or is that Sketchup? The OS will report back you have a bad path (unknown directory), or that the file already exists (in which case the program should prompt if you want to overwrite the file). So I'd say this is probably the app, not the OS that is causing the issue. "

Appreciate the comments. I will certainly take a look. No doubt part of my frustration is the lack of familiarity. I finally did get Sketchup to save a file. It's definitely a W7 issue. I can't just run the program like I have for the last 20 years. I have to right-click and select "Run as Administrator", then it will save the file normally. I find that very weird.

43 posted on 06/26/2010 8:27:20 PM PDT by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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To: The Good Doctor

Right click on the icon, select Properties. Then select the Compatibility tab; this will let you tell Win 7 how to run the application that is not Windows 7 specific. Probably need to tell it to run in XP mode.

That should solve your problem!

Note that this allows you to run applications that were designed for Windows 95 - you have 15+ years of backwards compatibility built-in. That’s a pretty nice thing to have...;)


44 posted on 06/26/2010 8:34:03 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: mowowie
They've been pushing Vista pretty hard at my base, and all of us absolutely hate it. Of course all the security junk they put on our systems makes the computer even less stable but the fact that they have Vista makes it even worse.

My design engineers refuse to use Vista and will not upgrade any of their computers until the Air Force finally gets with the program and gets Windows 7. We warned our IT guys that they will walk out if Vista is forced on them.

I have to use to Vista being an admin guy, but I've been hammering the IT guys to get me Windows 7 as soon as possible. Me personally, I'm still using XP at home but that's because I'm still using a P4, 3.4 GHz, 2 GB memory system. I also have programs that won't run under Windows 7, but if I ever get in a position to purchase a newer computer I will use Windows 7 on it.

45 posted on 06/26/2010 8:34:56 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

So, if I go out and buy say, a new Dell, and it comes with Win7; that counts even if I wipe the drive and install something else?

BTW: rather than “upgrade” to Win 7,; I went BSD Unix with an OS X wrapper.

Crazy huh?

And after 30 years of MS software usage too.


46 posted on 06/26/2010 8:36:19 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Now we know. Finally............

Why they released a POS called Vista. To lay the ground work for a need to buy something to replace it. Just bought my first netbook with W 7 Starter. Absolutely will wipe the disk and install XP Pro. W 7 looks nearly identical to Vista which looked like crap. Nothing is where it was all the new crap has nothing to do with getting work done.

Yes I’m pushing 70 and don’t have a free month or two to learn a new operating system every year. :<(((


47 posted on 06/26/2010 8:36:44 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: tubebender

Haven’t a clue - their profit and revenue have both outpaced Apple over the last 5 years (in absolute and percent growth), and they pay a nice dividend. I think it’s more about the mindshare they’ve lost, not financial issues or long-term success of the company.


48 posted on 06/26/2010 8:38:01 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: The Good Doctor
... I can't just run the program like I have for the last 20 years. I have to right-click and select "Run as Administrator", then it will save the file normally. I find that very weird.

You can disable the UAC to get rid of that right-click>run as administrator.

49 posted on 06/26/2010 8:43:09 PM PDT by Mr Fuji
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To: ducttape45

I meant the bozo’s in the Air Force who choose Xp over vista even when the system they are installing it on runs vista extremely well.


50 posted on 06/26/2010 9:44:15 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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