Windows 11 is apparently less popular than Windows XP

There are more PCs running Windows XP than systems that have adopted Microsoft’s latest Windows 11 operating system, according to a new report focused on business PCs.

Admittedly, in both cases the percentages are very low, but the findings of Lansweeper, an IT asset management company, show that Windows XP was on 1.71% of PCs surveyed, compared to only 1.44% upgraded to Windows 11.

That seems like a pathetically low number for an operating system released about six months ago, but at least the percentage has grown a little faster since the start of the year, given that the market share of Windows 11 was just 0.52% in January 2022, says Lansweeper.

Windows 11 versus Windows XP – really

The crux of the matter in many cases is that PCs do not meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. Lansweeper observes that 55% of devices are not compatible with Windows 11, and a major sticking point is the TPM , with nearly half of the workstations. TPM (47%) not meeting requirements (or system TPM was not enabled).

Indeed, Windows 7 (on 4.7%) and Windows 8 (still used by 1.99%) were more popular than Windows 11. As you can guess, Windows 10 was by far the most used operating system in the survey, being run on 80.3% of machines.


Analysis: Slow adoption is a broader theme for Windows 11

Windows 11 isn’t doing well in the business world, it seems – to put it mildly, based on these stats. However, this is only one report and, as is always the case with statistics, it is not wise to put too much information on one source.

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There are issues with Windows 11 adoption, however, as we’ve seen more broadly. Indeed, as Lansweeper points out, the main issue is that companies may need to consider buying entirely new hardware – in tough economic times – to meet the system requirements of Windows 11, and in particular the TPM stipulation. 2.0 to ensure better security.

Also, it’s fair to say that Windows 11 is not extremely different from Windows 10 in many ways, and Windows 10 remains supported until 2025 – so there’s no great rush to start planning an OS migration strategy while there’s still a long way to go in terms of full support and updates.

Windows 11 adoption hasn’t been as rapid in the mainstream environment either – although not as badly as this latest report – and mostly for compatibility reasons in the same vein.

AdDuplex figures show a 19% market share for Windows 11, but that seems to have stagnated lately, and gaming adoption on Steam is even slower at just under 17%. Tellingly, in the latter case, gamers upgraded to Windows 10 twice as fast as they did with Windows 11.

So things are looking a bit lackluster for Windows 11, and it looks like adoption will be a slow affair going forward.

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