Very few people need Windows 11. Why aren’t you updating?


Windows 11 has been available for download for almost two months now, and during that time, a ridiculously small number of people have installed it on their devices.

Windows 11 runs on less than 1% of PCs tested

Microsoft does not provide official statistics on the distribution of Windows 11. The company, apparently, has nothing to brag about. Since the update is voluntary and Windows 10 will be supported for a very long time, relatively few people decide to change the OS they are used to on their computer. Third-party reports confirm the disastrously slow rate of distribution of the new Windows.

According to the latest study by Lansweeper, an IT resource management company, out of more than 10 million computers, only 0.21% of Windows 11 are installed. This is certainly not data for the whole world, but the sample is large enough and it is tempting to draw certain conclusions. …

This result puts Windows 11 only in fifth place among the most popular versions of Windows. More people work on computers with Windows XP (3.62%) and even Windows 8 (0.95%). This is in some sense a shock, since Windows XP has long ceased to be suitable for convenient use, and the G8 is probably one of the most hated Microsoft systems – probably right after Vista and Windows Me.

The Lansweeper report highlights that people are putting their computers at great risk by using outdated versions of Windows. Microsoft does not release bug fixes and security patches for them, all system vulnerabilities are well known and are actively exploited by fraudsters.

Why have so few people upgraded to Windows 11?

While upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11 is free, it doesn’t seem to be of much interest to anyone. Why? There may be several reasons for this.

Some are put off by the fact that Windows 11 has relatively high hardware requirements. Microsoft itself does not recommend installing a new system on old PCs without a TPM 2.0 module, it has to be done with “dancing with a tambourine”, which seriously reduces the number of those wishing to upgrade.

Those with the right hardware may fear bugs and instabilities in Windows 11. As a fairly young system, it still struggles with some issues. Microsoft has already fixed most of them with operational updates, but it is easy to understand cautious users – they are sitting on a polished Windows 10, and do not worry about anything.

And third: even if someone has a suitable computer and is not afraid of mistakes, a person can stay on Windows 10 simply out of ignorance. Yes, Microsoft has made sure that the Update Center displays notifications about the opportunity to update the system, but many inexperienced PC users ignore it, guided by the principle: “I do not click, so as not to break.”

All this was the reason that two months after the premiere, Windows 11 was installed on such a tiny fraction of all desktops. Very sorry. Have you already updated?