The big picture: More than a year after its launch, Windows 11 is still far from establishing dominance over Windows 10 among PC users. Various surveys show different adoption rates for Windows 11, but all indicate that most users haven’t upgraded since 10.
The latest report from Statcounter shows that less than one in six desktop PCs worldwide use Windows 11. Windows 10 remains on nearly three-quarters of PCs more than a year after the launch of its successor.
Windows 11 hit a penetration rate of 15.44% in the October 2022 report, up just under 2% from September. Windows 10 usage dropped by less than one percent over the same period. Windows 7, which Microsoft no longer supports, still works on 9.62% of desktop computers, while Windows 8 and 8.1 together hold a market share of 3.14%. Only 0.39% of PCs have the two-decade-old Windows XP installed.
Windows stats from other recent surveys place Windows 10 in a similarly dominant position, but vary more widely based on Windows 11 adoption. The discrepancy is likely due to different methodologies.
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The October 2022 Steam survey shows Windows 11 on just under a quarter of computers (including Mac and Linux systems). Not great, but more upbeat than Statcounter’s report. Steam shows Windows 10 at 68.91% penetration against 71.29% for Statcounter.
Steam’s methodology uses a survey of its 30 million concurrent users, although not all of them participated in the analysis. Statcounter based its reports on approximately five billion page views from 1.5 million websites.
AdDuplex, currently only has stats through June, but they paint a similar picture to Steam. Based on metrics from 5,000 Windows Store apps, the group’s chart shows Windows 11 on 23.1% of PCs. Another AdDuplex chart shows that Windows 11 adoption is flattening much faster than any version of Windows 10.
The most pessimistic numbers for Windows 11 this fall so far come from Lansweeper. Out of 30 million desktops, the group reports the new OS is just 2.61%, still below Windows 7’s 3.38%.
Probably the main cause of the slow adoption of Windows 11 is its high CPU requirement. Only systems with at least an 8th Gen Intel or AMD Zen 2 processor can automatically be upgraded to it, and Landsweper says nearly half of devices don’t meet that bar.