Very Few People Are Using Windows 11: Why Download?

by Nathan Reyes  November 30, 2021

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 PCs running on these Windows versions are extremely vulnerable to attacks due to their outdated programs. Lansweeper CEO Roel Decneut reiterated the risk this poses: “A large number of these outdated systems are predicted to be running on enterprise devices, which means it’s not just personal information that’s on the line.”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.

For more information on Windows 11, feel free to click here or explore the Windows Experience Blog. If you’re decided, then here’s a guide on how to elevate your Windows experience.

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    Why suggest upgrading to Windows 8. Anyway, it’s common practice to hold off on upgrading to new versions of Windows to avoid all the pain until they work out the bugs. The only selling point of Win11 right now is better scheduling for ADL processors. Every other benchmark has really shown no benefit, and you have drawbacks by the forced use of Edge. Enteprise devices that don’t get upgraded are often tied to software that is integral to business, but died and never made it to newer versions of Windows. If you qualify and MS is ready, system updates will offer you the Win11 upgrade. MS’ choice to only support gen8 and above processors is arbitrary and will push enterprises to buy new hardware unnecessarily and create more ewaste.

    I tried Windows 11 but its laggy. That feeling when you added a theme on your phone. Its that heavy. I didn’t like it. Good thing they have this 10 day window where you can revert back to a previous OS. Happy with Windows 10 pro.