With PC usage integrated into daily life as well as enterprise use, there are an estimated 1.5 billion people on the operating system Windows worldwide. Surprisingly, according to a survey performed by Lansweeper on 10 million computers, Microsoft’s latest and greatest Windows 11 has just seen 0.21% of PC users download and transition to the new software despite efforts like free upgrades from Windows 10.
The data from Lansweeper also reveals that there are 18x more users currently on Windows XP (3.62%) than users who have chosen to download Windows 11, the former being a version released in October of 2001. The new kid on the block is also outdone by Windows 8 (0.95%). While there are inferences claiming that the reason for upgrade hesitancy is fear of leaving the stable and letting Windows 11 stabilize, it could be another reason. The other cause points to trusted platform module (TPM) support, reinforcing the security of information on hard drives. Unfortunately, hardware support is limited as not all motherboards have TPM chips installed, or don’t meet the minimum requirement of 4GB RAM.
Another interesting tidbit of information is the fact that around 10% of Windows users are on End-Of-Life Operating Systems such as Windows XP and 7. What this actually means is these operating systems are no longer supported by Microsoft for security updates and patches. PCs running on these Windows versions are extremely vulnerable to attacks due to their outdated programs. Lansweeper CEO Roel Decneut reiterated the risk this poses: “A large number of these outdated systems are predicted to be running on enterprise devices, which means it’s not just personal information that’s on the line.”
At this rate, PC users are better off upgrading to Windows 8 or 10 if their PC does not support Windows 11 download as of the moment. At the very least they would be protected by up-to-date patches to lessen the chance of falling victim to hackers and theft.