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Old 5th January 2011
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Windows runs on x86. And *only* on x86 (Not counting ancient versions, or WinCE which is not really windows).

I think that's a big reason. Faster/better hardware is nice, but if your software won't run on it then it's just junk.

Back in the day x86 hardware was also a lot cheaper, making it available for home users, that did a lot for the popularity of the architecture.
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