Is This the End of the Windows 10 Era?

Dec 2, 2022

The real-time analytics service Statcounter published its latest data on Operating Systems. In November 2022, Windows 10 usage fell below 70%, to be precise, 69.77%. That is, less than seven out of every ten computers connected to the Internet use it.

Of course, this is still a considerable proportion, but it has been slowly decreasing for some time. Windows 11 grows as people upgrade their Windows installation, but this growth still needs to be improved. In November 2022, it had a market share of 16.12%, having only increased by 0.67% over October 2022. However, the usage of Windows 10 fell by 1.49%, more than doubling Windows 11 adoption, which might be preoccupying Microsoft.

This is in part because Windows 7 active devices, believe it or not, have increased by 0.62% in November 2022. There are several reasons for this, including that not all computers are compatible with Windows 11, and its requirements are higher than for previous systems.

Another reason for this is corporate users. They make up a large amount of Windows consumers, and upgrading their whole systems is quite costly and time-consuming. It’s sometimes better for them to install their current operating system on new devices.

Is Windows 10 on its last legs

This practice might end since Microsoft is scheduled to end the Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 in 2023, leaving its users vulnerable to future threats.

All things considered, Microsoft is still king when it comes to desktop operating systems. They boast more than 1.5 billion active devices. In fact, Microsoft’s main competitor is not related to desktop operating systems: Android is the most popular OS worldwide, with a 43.37% market share, leaving Microsoft second with 29.24%.

It’s noteworthy that Windows 11 is still not compatible with mobile devices, which would go a long way in helping Microsoft keep pace with Android. However, there are some tools that let you link your phone with Windows 11 systems, such as this one.


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  1. arbuz said on December 4, 2022 at 2:39 am

    1.49% rotfl. Please don’t make your readers laugh with such statistics and opinions that since W11 grew by 1.49% and Win10 fell below 70%, the era of Win10 is over. This is ridiculous.

  2. menotu said on December 3, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Windows 11 is a money grab, expletive deleted Microsoft

  3. Anonymous said on December 3, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    I’m obligated to use that crappy OS codename 10 because Adobe left its support off Win7. Other than that I would never have left 7 and jump on the 10 train. This time I’m not going to jump on 11’s train wreck hell of a crappy OS. Not even Adobe will make me do that.

  4. Leopeva64 said on December 3, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Lol, what a clickbait headline (???)

  5. @HAL96661 said on December 3, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Since the end of Seven, passed to Linux (lately KDE Neon or simply a debian with Plasma) with an immense happiness, there is only little time that I took again Windows with a new portable gamer: The success of the OS and the functions impressed me, it is for me a total success for Windows, and I am not really an aficionado. I consider that whatever the device, the tools your preferences, when it is really good, it must be said!

    Depuis la fin de Seven, passé à Linux (dernièrement KDE Neon ou simplement une debian avec Plasma) avec un immense bonheur, il n’y a que peu de temps que j’ai repris Windows avec un nouveau portable gamer : La réussite de l’os et des fonctions mon impressionnées, c’est pour moi une totale réussi pour Windows, et je ne suis pas réellement un aficionados. Je considère que quel que doit l’appareil, l’outils vos préférences, quand c’est vraiment bon, il faut le dire !

  6. Karl said on December 3, 2022 at 2:40 am

    “Moving away from Windows – It begins

    A couple of days ago, I came across a forum post that pointed to a Web article that linked to the Windows 11 Insider preview Dev channel release notes, which mention a new requirement for Windows 11 Pro setup. Not Home edition, mind, but Pro. Internet access and Microsoft account will (or most likely will) be needed to finish the system setup. And I decided, that’s it, I had enough stupidity for one lifetime.

    This pointless cloudification of the classic PC desktop formula will never stop. It won’t stop until desktop as a service is a reality and all that nonsense. No. I’m not going to cooperate with that plan. And so I’ve now finally decided that I’m going to properly start moving my production workflows away from Windows. That won’t be an easy task. After all, I’ve been using Windows since 1992. But I have zero intention of using Windows 11, as it’s pointless in its own right, and I have even less intention of being a subscription monkey. Services yes, products never. This article is a start of a journey whereby I plan to wean myself off Windows. Let’s begin.”

    1. Yash said on December 3, 2022 at 1:34 pm

      Got a new laptop, from Lenovo. Had internet connection but never had to come across Microsoft account sign-in page. Maybe sign-in requirement depends on vendors.

    2. @HAL96661 said on December 3, 2022 at 10:18 am

      Only minor improvements and programs will be impacted. But if you are looking for a gem without changing hardware, I strongly recommend KDE Neon

      Seules des améliorations et des programmes de seconde importances seront impactées. Mais si vous cherchez une perle sans changer de matériels, je vous conseille très fortement KDE Neon

  7. piomiq said on December 3, 2022 at 1:56 am

    To be honest I’m waiting for the End of the Windows era.

  8. Leo said on December 2, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    I scanned through the laptop sales over the past few days, beginning with Black Friday and I came across several W10 systems, with no upgrade path to W11 (probably due to MS prereqs). Retailers do not want these dust collectors on their shelves, so Nov25-Jan1 is their window of opportunity to rid themselves of this peculiar inventory.

    W10 was merely a lure to snag W7 and W8 users before eol. Not sure it worked as well as MS had anticipated. Yes, the W10 era is ending. It will not be fondly remembered.

  9. pHROZEN gHOST said on December 2, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Nothing that is said or written can ever be absolute and final.

    At the 2015 Ignite conference, Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon stated that Windows 10 would be the “last version of Windows”

    Watch Linux start to make inroads in 2025.

    1. Patrick said on December 3, 2022 at 12:18 am

      He said, “Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10.” You could take that to mean it’s the last version ever, or the last version released at the time he said it.

      Regardless, Jerry != Microsoft.

  10. userpasspass said on December 2, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    W7 ftw, not gonna upgrade to this piece of garbage.

  11. Banita said on December 2, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    No, we don’t want such clickbait on this site.

  12. kalmly said on December 2, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Sticking with Windows 7. I have a spanking-new, unused Windows 10 laptop sitting on a chair in my dining room. When I can’t find a decent browser that will work with my OS, I will fire up the ugly Win 10 machine and use it only for when it is necessary to be online.

  13. mucketbucket said on December 2, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    When a ghacks article starts with a question I know it’s just going to be an opinion piece. Pondering, opinionating, conjecture. Yeah, that’s what I’m here for on ghacks….

    1. Anonymous said on December 3, 2022 at 1:17 am

      I feel this may be a response to the “Why so many Win11 articles?”

      Answer: “You will get more Win11 and you will like it, It’s the future baby!”

  14. DontBeEvil said on December 2, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    A new failing period begins after another failed one. I’ll keep using Windows 7 as my operating system until Microsoft gets its crap together.

  15. Seeprime said on December 2, 2022 at 3:45 pm
    Reply, on Windows 7, patches critical vulnerabilities. I’ve used it for three years now. I’m going to keep using 7 with 0patch pro for as long as 0patch supports it.

    1. BogonIP said on December 3, 2022 at 9:37 pm


      Why is svchost.exe sending your information, to MS Azure Server Seeprime?

      Wake Up Seeprime it’s just NOT Win10 or Win11 after your Data!!

      Hmmmmm Telemetry Could Be!!

  16. Michael From KY said on December 2, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    The reason windows 7 has increased , is people just don’t like (BloatWare)
    People don’t care where they are vulnerable or not. Some do, yeah. So they download a very good Anti-Virus, and keep on working. I’m going to make a prediction.
    What MicroSoft is doing, and what they have done, is going to hurt them very badly.
    Watch people start running to linux, and using it?

    I’m going to use Windows 7 as long as I can. And as long as I can find a browser that will work on it.
    I didn’t like windows 10, in many ways. I believe more people are going to start using windows 7 as well.

    1. Buzz Lightyear said on December 4, 2022 at 11:18 pm

      I work at home. I was finally forced to covertly upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 about a month ago. Our corporate IT was pushing versions of the corporate VPN that wouldn’t run on Win 7; they would auto-install and crash. I would re-install the older version, only to find the forced upgrade again a couple days later. Win 10 is far more buggy than 7, I’m forced to run a lot of applications as an administrator that was not required under 7. I’ve had to do a lot of community research to fix things like wi-fi connections dropping for no reason. If you’re not forced to do so, don’t upgrade. The only good thing in this was I could still download the upgrade from Microsoft for free and the process, which took almost 7 hours, was relatively painless.

    2. Hitomi said on December 2, 2022 at 3:44 pm

      Define a good anti-virus that is not snake oil and does not increase your attack surface by running with ring0 or SYSTEM rights.

      I run AV and am utterly disappointed by how much I have to block in my firewall and DNS filters to remove the tracking.

      1. Michael From KY said on December 2, 2022 at 6:26 pm

        Well, I guess I should have, said an AV that’s going to help..

  17. Tachy said on December 2, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    All the way through reading this I’m thinking to myslef “WTF are you talking about!” then, I got to the bottom and saw “Advertisment”.

    I would prefer you put “Advertisment” at the top so I don’t waste my time reading crap.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 2, 2022 at 3:24 pm

      Tachy, this is not an advertisement. You are probably blocking ads on this site, but your ad-blocker is keeping the advertisement label, which has no purpose in that case anymore as the ad is not displayed.

      Sponsored articles are highlighted as such at the top. Again, this is not a sponsored post.

  18. John G. said on December 2, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Windows 10 will endure for ever.

    1. Hitomi said on December 2, 2022 at 3:37 pm

      This is correct and it took years for community fixes to make Windows 10 as usable as Windows 7.

      Why should any of us early adopt an unstable OS like 11? There is no reason to beta test for companies. Some of these companies are still on Windows 7 even with ESU.

      I am sure Windows 10 might get extended support as well, since nobody wants to touch Windows 11 with a 10m long fire-poker.

      1. Anonymous said on December 2, 2022 at 8:28 pm

        What is unstable about Windows 11 that’s not the same for an other version?

        Call me ‘nobody’ My laptop has been running Windows 11 without a problem since Windows 10 gave me an incurable bitlocker issue (no key generated in my account due to local logon credentials).

        The cause of the lockout seems to have been an oversight by Microsoft programmers checking BIOS compatibility and probably would have happened no matter what version of Windows.

        I had issues with: Windows 10; Windows 7; Windows XP; and, Windows 95. The only two versions I’ve had no issue with are Windows 3.1 and Windows 11. The worst version for generating issues was Windows 7 but that may relate to the brand of laptop I was supporting at the time.

      2. Hitomi said on December 3, 2022 at 2:34 pm

        Cool that you enjoy the theme pack and their constant changing and experimenting to monetize menus and the taskbar! Glad you could find your dream OS.

  19. Pootch said on December 2, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    I won’t switch to Windows 11 as a gamer.

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