Windows 11 is on 16% of all PCs according to AdDuplex

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 31, 2022
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Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system market share grew to over 16% in January 2022, according to AdDuplex.

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The company monitors "around 60,000" Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs and publishes frequent reports that detail operating system changes.

Microsoft revealed that Windows was running on 1.4 billion monthly active devices, but did not reveal how many of these devices were running Windows 11.

The AdDuplex report offers insight on Windows 11's performance, but it needs to be clear that the figures are not official and are based on a sample size of 60,000 PCs.

According to AdDuplex, 16.1% of the 60,000 PCs that the company monitors are running Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system as of January 27, 2022. Microsoft released the operating system in October 2021 and the numbers increased to 9% by the end of November 2021, according to AdDuplex. An additional 0.4% of devices run Insider builds of Windows 11. If you take Microsoft's 1.4 billion devices, more than 220 million devices do run Windows 11 already as of January 2022.

With 16.5% of devices running Windows 11, 83.5% of devices are running Windows 10. More than 50% of all monitored devices are running Windows 10 versions 20H2 and 21H1, but Windows 10 version 21H2 is quickly gaining and sitting at 12.1% already. AdDuplex notes that Windows 10 version 21H2 "more than tripled" its share in the same period that Windows 11 "almost doubled" it.

Older versions of Windows 10 are still used widely according to the report. Windows 10 version 2004 is on 9.7% of all PCs, and the even older versions Windows 10 versions 1909, 1903 and older make up 7% of the overall share.

Microsoft announced this month that it is ahead of the schedule of making an upgrade offer to all Windows 10 PCs that meet Windows 11's system requirements. Microsoft planned to make the offer to all device owners by mid-2022 initially. The upgrade offer is optional at this point and administrators need to accept the download and install offer to upgrade a device to Windows 11.

Not all devices will receive upgrade offers, as Microsoft announced previously that it won't offer Windows 11 via Windows Update to devices that do not meet the new operating system's requirements. Especially the processor and TPM requirements will prevent PCs from being upgraded to Windows 11. While there are options to bypass these restrictions, it may not be a feasible option for the majority of users. These devices are stuck with Windows 10, which will run out of support in late 2025. What is going to happen then is up for debate.

Is approximately 16% of all Windows PCs a good percentage at this stage of the release? The lack of official figures makes this one hard to answer. Microsoft has not delivered the upgrade offer to all PCs that are eligible yet. The percentage of PCs that won't receive the upgrade offer is unknown as well: is it 10%, 25% or even more?

Now You: what is your take on the progress?

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  1. matthiew said on February 2, 2022 at 3:47 am

    This headline is drawing the wrong conclusion. It would be more accurate to say that 16% of all Microsoft Store users are running Windows 11.

  2. MicrosoftLies said on February 1, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    When will we get the adult version of Windows 11? From what I seen so far its made for pre-teens.

    Interface looks so childish and overly large, its missing a lot of functionality, many useless features that only kids would use.

  3. ULBoom said on February 1, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Make up stuff. If it covers Big Tech, it works for it.

    I’ve never seen a number for how many computers don’t pass the Attitude Inspector’s check for running Win 11. Higher than 16% maybe?

  4. Suedezu said on February 1, 2022 at 10:41 am

    I just love reading Windows related comments on this site! It’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll get trash-talking, hate-filled comments regardless of the article’s content, as long it’s Microsoft related. You surely have lots of spare time and plenty of MS hate pilled up! Keep it coming, boys!

  5. DeceptivePatterns said on February 1, 2022 at 12:55 am

    Users I know upgraded back to Windows 10 after realizing what unfinished downgraded bloated trash 11 is.

    Most of these are accidental upgrades because Microsoft sneaked their spyware PC Health Check inside Windows updates. No one but Microsoft fanboys are voluntary using this horrible operating system.

  6. Kren said on January 31, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Globally, Windows 11 PC/devices is at 2.3% currently, based on several ‘botnet surveys’ of infected PCs – that’s over 11,000,000 infected devices – a much larger sampling than this article.

    1. ULBoom said on February 1, 2022 at 2:19 pm

      Seems closer to reality.

  7. Chadonga said on January 31, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Due TPM 2.0 module restriction.

  8. common sense computing said on January 31, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    Cherry picking + forced upgrades. MS loves its fake numbers to prop up poor sales, just ask Xbox.

  9. Paul(us) said on January 31, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    I think a percentage of 16 is way to high. Maybe a percentage of 5 up to 7 percent is much more realistic.

  10. John G. said on January 31, 2022 at 9:42 am

    I wonder when W11 will identify itself as W11. Currently version W11 is “10”.0.22000.x, all browsers shows in their useragents the kernel NT 10.0 (it means that it’s the same one). Furthermore W11 uses the same NET 4.8 with no aim to upgrade to NET 6.0, so for me W11 is W10 with some rounded borders, a pretty destroyed taskbar, an awful destroyed menu and very overrated as a “new OS”. Anyway, despite its big announce, there was no need to release W11 because everything that W11 has could be added in some release of W10, perfectly merged with no so traumatic TMP 2.0 nonsense requeriment. Money talks too much in MS headquarters, imho, because no matters what they release as new features, Windows 11 = Windows 10 21H2. Period. No new better ideas, no new better OS, only fixing things that were not screwed. Welcome to the new beta tester age, productivity won’t matter anymore, ever.
    An example:

  11. boris said on January 31, 2022 at 9:23 am

    So nobody is running Windows 8 or 7?

    1. boris said on January 31, 2022 at 9:27 am

      Sorry I missed comment about company making survey include only computers that have Windows apps.

  12. ilev said on January 31, 2022 at 8:58 am

    How many of those 83.5% running Windows 10 are not Windows 11 compatible ?
    My guess ~60%

  13. beemeup5 said on January 31, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Apparently AdDuplex is a cross-promotion network for Windows Store apps and games. This means Windows 10 LTSC numbers aren’t included since LTSC doesn’t come with the Windows Store, or Edge or Cortana, etc. Windows 7 and older Windows numbers also aren’t included.

    Not to mention that the Windows Store is terrible all-around and that hasn’t really changed in almost 10 years. I’m guessing most of these numbers reflect the percentage of users who actually bother using the Store, which itself is a pretty small percentage of overall Windows users in general.

    This just seems like an easy way to inflate Windows 11 adoption numbers to assuage the Micro$oft shareholders.

    1. Anonymous said on January 31, 2022 at 8:29 am

      That’s exactly what’s happening here

  14. archie said on January 31, 2022 at 8:05 am

    Those numbers look very much like a lot of numbers being floated around these last two years.
    Seriously? 16% Windows 11? Talk about click bait…

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