Will Windows 8 Save PC Sales? Tracking 22 Years Of Windows Releases

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Does Windows History Repeat Itself?

Windows 8, Microsoft's next-generation operating system, arrives on Oct. 26, and for PC and component makers, the stakes are pretty high.

In what's projected to be the grimmest year for PC sales in the past decade, 2012 has dealt a blow to PC players ranging from Intel and AMD to HP and Dell. Microsoft's Windows 8, for many of these companies, is the light at the end of the tunnel, with a refreshed UI and new touch capabilities poised to breathe new life into PCs.

But just how much sway does Windows have when it comes to driving PC sales? According to market data, it varies. Here's a look at five major Windows releases, and the impact each had on the PC market.

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