Lansweeper said only 44.4 percent of the company’s computers are ready for automatic upgrade and less than 2 percent are actually upgraded. Although there is a nuance in this, because Windows 11 often pops up outside the walls of the company.
According to Lansweeper, 55 percent of corporate computers can’t automatically upgrade to Windows 11. The main problem is the correct CPU (55.6 percent is not enough) or the need for a TPM. There, about 19 percent failed the test and 28 percent were incompatible or not enabled.
This in itself is not a huge surprise as Windows 11 has very specific system requirements and was announced at the last minute. Therefore, many device makers of belatedly started using systems that are fully compatible with Windows 11, and it will take some time before they also appear in the office.
But the most notable number in Lansweeper’s research is that Windows 11 appears on only 1.44 percent of devices. Three months ago that was only half a percent. This is worth some nuances and is in fact not representative.
Companies vs Consumers
Lansweeper gets its data from about thirty million devices in sixty thousand companies, presumably companies that use Lansweeper. From this it follows that 80.34 of the devices today are running Windows 10 and 4.7 percent are on Windows 7, which are no longer supported. Even Windows 8 (1.99 percent) and Windows XP (1.71 percent) outperform Windows 11.
The nuance here is that they are numbers from corporate environments. Even though Windows 11 has been available for half a year, IT departments are always waiting some time before moving to a new operating system en masse. They want to make sure the new system is mature enough, but also that all of their software runs smoothly on the new OS before everyone else upgrades. Historically, big waves of upgrades started in business as soon as the first service pack came out (a major update that came out 1-2 years later with Windows XP, among other things).
Not 1.44 percent but 8.45 percent
To get a more accurate picture of the popularity of Windows 11, you need to take a look at both business and consumer users. Statcounter gives a better picture out there. There, data about the operating system is collected on the basis of analyzes on about two million sites. So here we are talking about personal computers that people actively use.
There we learn that Windows 11 will run on about 8.45 percent of devices worldwide in March 2022, compared to 74.82 percent for Windows 10 and 12.11 percent for Windows 7.
To be clear, Lansweeper’s data is not wrong, but it is by no means representative of all Windows devices. At the same time, there is currently no indication that less than two percent of business devices are running Windows 11. After all, it is not uncommon for companies to avoid upgrading, and a sudden launch and more complex system requirements do not lead to this process.
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