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Computerworld's survey about corporate Windows 7 implementation plans ran online from August 11, 2011 to September 14, 2011. Most of the questions and answers appear below. (The main story about Windows 7 implementation plans being delayed appears here.)

[The results from the Windows 7 survey we conducted in early 2010 are here. The story based on that earlier survey is here.]

Research assistance for this survey was provided by Mari Keefe, editorial project manager.

Upgrade plans

Has your organization begun or is it planning a move to Windows 7?

Yes - 88%

No - 12%

Total respondents: 238

Has your organization begun its move to Windows 7? Or is it planning its move to Windows 7?

We have already adopted Windows 7 - 68%

We're planning to adopt Windows 7 - 32%

Total respondents: 210

If you're not planning to move to Windows 7, why not?

[Check all that apply]

No business need - 54%
Cost - 43%
Benefits not sufficient to warrant adoption - 39%
Too time-consuming - 29%
Migrating to another desktop operating system - 25%
Waiting for Windows 8 - 4%

Source: Computerworld online survey; 28 respondents

In what time frame did/will your organization START the transition to Windows 7?

We are implementing it now - 41%

We started 6 to 12 months ago - 41%

In the next 12 to 18 months - 14%

In the next 18 to 24 months - 1%

In the next 24 to 36 months - 1%

More than 3 years - 0%

Unsure/don't know - 2%

Total respondents: 210

Over what period of time will your organization COMPLETE the transition to Windows 7?

We are finished now - 19%

Within the next few months - 10%

In the next 6 to 12 months - 20%

In the next 12 to 18 months - 18%

In the next 18 to 24 months - 13%

In the next 24 to 36 months - 11%

We will complete in more than three years - 3%

Unsure/don't know - 6%

Total respondents: 210

Windows versions in use

What percentage of your organization's desktops run Windows? [ANY VERSION]

None - 1%

1% to 10% - 1%

11% to 25% - 0%

26% to 50% - 2%

51% to 75% - 5%

76% to 100% - 91%

Unsure/don't know - 1%

Total respondents: 210

Which version of Windows is currently running in your IT operation?

[Select all that apply]

Windows 7 - 73%
Windows XP - 82%
Windows Vista - 16%
Windows 2000 - 12%
Windows 98 - 3%
Windows 95 - 1%

Source: Computerworld online survey; 210 respondents

If the bulk of your existing PCs are running Windows XP, when will you upgrade them to Windows 7 or replace them with Windows 7 PCs?

Before the end of 2011 - 26%

Before the end of 2012 - 29%

Before the end of all XP support, in April 2014 - 34%

We will continue to run Windows XP machines after April 2014 - 11%

Total respondents: 210

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