Windows 10 is the undisputed most popular desktop OS in the world. Unfortunately, the versions are not uniform at all since Microsoft publishes function updates twice a year and maintains several versions simultaneously. Curiously, Windows 11 is treading water in market share, and the new Windows 10 version is much more popular.
Microsoft strives to sell Windows 11 as a huge success. But is that true? Monthly evaluations by the AdDuplex advertising platform of over 5,000 apps show which Windows versions are the most popular and how many outdated machines there are. Windows 11 has also appeared in the statistics for a few months, and after a boost at the beginning of the year, Windows 11 distribution has stagnated.
It seems as if Windows 10 users prefer to stay on Windows 10 and ignore the free Windows 11 despite the update offer.
Windows 11 Is Treading Water.
Windows 11 secures around a fifth of the Windows market share but is not making any headway.
The final version of Windows 11 also appears in the Windows market shares. After the official launch of Windows 11 at the beginning of October 2021, the new Windows version managed 8.6 percent in the following month. That’s fine, considering Microsoft has ramped up hardware requirements on the one hand and is reluctant to roll out Windows 11 on the other. That has changed, and Windows 11 achieved a market share of 19.3 percent in the month before last. In March, however, it was only 19.4 percent in the statistics, and now it is 19.7 percent in April, practically a standstill.
Anyone who is toying with the idea of switching can easily do this with the Media Creation Tool, installation assistant, or ISO file.
It will be interesting to see how the numbers develop. A few weeks ago, Microsoft also removed an artificial update brake for Windows 11 so that more users can now import the new Windows version via Windows Update. It seems that interest in Windows 11 is waning, and many users are probably satisfied with their Windows 10.
Windows 10 Market Shares: These Versions Are Used
There is currently a very clear picture of the most popular Windows 10 version: With a smooth 35 percent market share, Windows 10 21H2, aka Windows 10 November Update, is ahead. That’s a good thing; this is currently the most up-to-date version of Windows 10. With a market share of just 26.4 percent, Windows 10 21H1 is in second place. It is noteworthy that the current Windows 10 beats Windows 11 in terms of gains over the past month. With Windows 10 20H2, however, the user share decreases quite sharply, and currently, it is still 6.1 percent.
It is good news because most Windows 10 users can sit back and relax because there is still support for these three versions for private users. Windows 10 21H1 users can theoretically stay on this version until December 2022, and those who recently updated to Windows 10 21H2 are on the safe side until May 2023. Users of Windows 10 20H2, which will be provided with updates until May 2022, should think about the switch slowly.
The situation is different with Windows 10 2004. Although the prevalence is declining, it is currently still at 6.5 percent. Support expired in December 2021, and it was no longer used on Patch days 2022. Affected users should urgently upgrade to a more recent version. It should either be Windows 10 21H2 or if the system meets the hardware requirements, Windows 11.
Microsoft support for private users has already expired for all older Windows 10 versions. Only companies should use Windows 10 1909; its support will run until May 2022.
The easiest way to import Windows 10 feature updates is to use the Windows 10 Update Assistant. Note that a backup beforehand is a must. This article explains how to prepare your system for a function update.