Nobody wants to upgrade to Windows 11! Free upgrade can’t compete with Windows 10

Windows 11 launched in early October, with the next generation of Microsoft’s iconic operating system available preinstalled on select new devices, and rolled out in stages to existing Windows 10 machines. However, this phased approach has its drawbacks – as new research reveals that a small percentage of PCs are actually running the new operating system. According to a Lansweeper study, less than one percent (0.21) of PCs analyzed run Windows 11.

In fact, the IT asset management company has found that more PCs are running Windows software that has reached end of support.

Their research found that 3.62% of Windows machines are running Windows XP, while Windows 8 is used on 0.95% of PCs, according to a report from Techradar.

Both of these operating systems reached their end of life years ago, which means computers running this software do not receive critical security updates.

And, as the WannaCry attack that wreaked havoc on the NHS pointed out, it can cause untold damage to any PC running outdated software.

In total, the Lansweeper study found that almost one in 10 (9.93%) of the PCs analyzed were running versions of Windows that had reached their end of life.

This would therefore include machines installed with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows XP.


There could be a number of reasons why Windows 11 adoption is currently so low.

When Windows 11 was first announced, the high minimum specs angered PC fans.

High specifications required to run the software include a machine that must support Secure Boot, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, and run at least an 8th Generation AMD 2000 or Intel chip.

Secure Boost and TPM 2.0 are hardware-level security features that tend to be found and enabled only on recently released PCs.

The other reason for the low installation rate of Windows 11 so far could be the time it takes to deploy the software upgrade.

It is expected that by the middle of next year, all eligible PCs will be able to download the Windows 11 update.

So there are still millions of people who cannot download Windows 11 upgrade at this time.

Speaking on the results of the study, Roel Decneut, Marketing Director of Lansweeper, said: “The situation poses a significant cybersecurity risk as Microsoft no longer provides bug fixes or security fixes for Windows Vista, 2000, XP and 7. Although the majority of users are using newer operating systems, the billions of active Windows devices around the world mean that there could still be millions of people using unsecured devices and open to attacks. Plus, a lot of these outdated systems are expected to run on corporate devices, which means it’s not just personal information that’s online. “

If you are feeling a bit of déjà vu reading this, then there are good reasons.

Windows 11’s predecessor – Windows 10 – took a long time to overtake Windows 7, which for years remained the leading operating system in terms of market share.

It took three years for Windows 10 to overtake Windows 7 and claim the top spot after its first launch.

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Steven L. Nielsen