Windows 8 fails to move the needle on slow PC sales

Ingrid Lunden for TechCrunch:

Microsoft earlier this week made a point of noting that there have been 40 million downloads of Windows 8 since it launched a month ago, putting it ahead of where Windows 7 was at the same point in its sales cycle. But according to figures out today from NPD, in the midst of an overall slowdown in PC sales, this is not translating into robust hardware sales in the influential U.S. market.

I wonder if all the shit that gets pre-installed on PCs these days has anything to do with why consumers hate buying them.