With the launch of Windows Vista PC sales in the U.S. soared 173% in the week that ended on February 3, compared to the week before:
Current Analysis also noted that during Vista's debut week PC unit sales rose 67 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Computers loaded with Microsoft's new operating system, Vista, made their debut during a midnight celebration January 29, but initial reports found interest paled in comparison with launches of previous versions of Windows.
The report also found that demand was higher for PCs with the more expensive version of the new operating system.
Notebooks loaded with Vista Home Premium accounted for 76 percent of all notebook PC sales, while Vista Home Basic represented only 16 percent, according to the report. It also noted that Vista Home Premium notebooks carried an average sales price of $863, while the Home Basic notebook version had an average sales price of $616.
"Microsoft is pleased with the initial response to Windows Vista," a company representative said in an e-mail.