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A majority of Windows XP users are positive about Windows 7 but are split on whether to upgrade, with a large number keeping an open mind.

That's according to preliminary results from a PC World and Technologizer survey of 5,000 Windows XP users, who also want Microsoft to keep offering their operating system of choice.

Seventy per cent of Windows XP users that tried Windows 7 listed their reaction as very positive while 55 per cent who'd only read about the planned operating system had the same reaction.

That lends credence to our view about the reporting on Windows 7 having been generally positive and the existence of an overall feeling in the industry that Windows 7 is "good".

After that, the consensus breaks down and it doesn't mean Windows XP customers will upgrade, certainly not right away, just because they feel good about the new operating system.

The joint poll found PC World reported just over half, 53 per cent, of those who'd tried Windows 7 said they'd upgrade while less than half, 44 per cent, of those who'd only read about Windows 7 said they would upgrade. A majority, meanwhile, said they'd be unhappy when Microsoft no longer sells Windows XP - the operating system is still available on netbooks and as a downgrade option from the hated Windows Vista.

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