Here’s why your work laptop won’t get Windows 11 any time soon

Updating your business devices to Windows 11 can be a major headache for many businesses, according to a new study that found many are simply unprepared for the move.

Nexthink research found that less than half (40%) of business PCs are ready to migrate to Windows 11, despite the software becoming Microsoft’s main operating system by October 2025.

Among those who had applicable devices, the situation was less than ideal, as more than 35% said they were not ready for the upgrade, with the remaining 25% “almost there”.

Windows 11 update time?

Looking at 3.12 million anonymized devices across 457 organizations, Nexthink also found that the move to Windows 11 shouldn’t be too disruptive for many businesses, with the average upgrade time expected to take around 15 minutes per task.

And while the October 2025 deadline for Windows 11 primacy seems a long way off, Nexthink estimates it will take 4,212,000 manual hours to prepare devices that aren’t ready for the move.

“Upgrading to Windows 11, like any digital transformation, can be seen as a double-edged sword for companies that want to take advantage of innovation but are concerned about the effort required to verify compatibilities and ensure that the upgrade is risk-free,” said Yassine Zaied, chief strategy officer at Nexthink.

“As a result, these upgrades are often delayed, costing businesses valuable time and money. While upgrading to Windows 11 is tricky, our research confirms that with a good understanding of each employee’s digital environments, selecting the best pilot scope, and an exact understanding of what needs to be done before upgrading , companies can take advantage of innovation more quickly and without risk.

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Much of the work to upgrade to Windows 11 will also involve getting employees on board for the move, the company noted, with worker training another key step.

A recent report by Lansweeper even claimed that there are more PCs running Windows XP than Windows 11.

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