34% of Windows 10 devices still not updated to Creators Update version

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 25, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

The next feature update of Windows 10, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, is just weeks away. It appears though however that over 35% of Windows 10 devices are not running the last feature update, the Windows 10 Creators Update.

AdDuplex, a cross-application advertisement provider for Windows Store applications publishes monthly accumulated information based on data collected from about 5000 Windows Store applications.

According to the released data, the Windows 10 Creators Update version was installed on 65.6% of all devices in August 2017. About 30.1% of all devices are still on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version, 2.8% on the Windows 10 November Update version, 0.9% on Windows 10 RTM, and about the same percentage on Windows 10 Insider builds.

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Devices with the Windows 10 Creators Update version rose by about 15% compared to July 2017. Microsoft limited the availability of the Creators Update in Windows Update, and lifted the restriction in that time period.

AdDuplex notes that the upgrade cadence is lagging behind that of the previous Anniversary Update edition.

Filtered by manufacturers, the situation looks similar across all major manufacturers. Only Dell, MSI and Microsoft manufactured devices have crossed the 70% mark while HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Samsung and Sony devices have a share between high 50% and high 60%.

While it is possible that another good chunk of devices will get updated to the Creators Update edition of Windows 10 in the coming weeks, it looks as if the Windows 10 landscape will get more fragmented with the release.

If Microsoft plans to use the same strategy for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout, things will get more fragmented at least for a short period of time.

We reported earlier this year that some Windows 10 devices are stuck on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version due to hardware incompatibilities with the Creators Update version and future versions.

Users started to receive the error message Windows 10 is no longer supported on this device when they tried to update the device to the Creators Update version of Windows 10. This affected devices with certain Intel chipsets (Clover Trail-based), and meant that users were stuck on the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10.

Microsoft acknowledged the issue back in July and revealed that it would support these devices with security updates until 2023. This means that these devices will run the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for the next 6 years as they cannot be updated to new feature releases of Windows 10. It is unclear how many devices are stuck on the Anniversary Update edition.

Windows users and administrators may run manual check for updates to install the Creators Update version on the device (provided that it is supported).

While Microsoft will limit the availability of the Fall Creators Update as it has done in the past with other updates, users who want to upgrade devices to the new version can do so right away without having to wait for Windows Update to pick up the update automatically (which can take months).

Microsoft supports any version of Windows 10 for 18 months after which support for it is dropped.

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):


  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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