Windows 10 Usage Declines as Windows 11 Adoption Rises in June 2024

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07 Jul 2024

Market Share Shift for Desktop Operating Systems

New data from StatCounter reveals a notable shift in the landscape of desktop operating systems. In May 2024, approximately 7 out of 10 computers (69.89%) were running Windows 10. By June, this figure had dipped to around 2 out of 3 (66%). Concurrently, Windows 11 usage saw an uptick, with nearly 3 out of 10 computers (29.75%) adopting the newer OS. This marks the highest usage Windows 11 has experienced since its launch in 2021, narrowing the gap between Windows 10 and Windows 11 significantly.

Why Upgrade to Windows 11?

There are compelling reasons to consider switching to Windows 11 sooner rather than later. Support for Windows 10 is slated to end in October 2025. Post that date, computers running Windows 10 will no longer receive critical security updates or new features, potentially making them less secure and enjoyable to use. Therefore, upgrading to Windows 11 is a prudent choice for maintaining your computer's security and performance.

Desktop Operating System Share Breakdown

Here’s a detailed look at the desktop operating system market share as of June 2024:

  • Windows 10: 66%
  • Windows 11: 29%
  • Windows 7: 2.9%
  • Windows 8.1: 0.4%

While Windows 10 continues to hold the largest share, Windows 11 is rapidly gaining ground. Microsoft’s plan to charge for extended support for Windows 10 after 2025 could further incentivize users to transition to the more feature-rich Windows 11. It’s plausible that Windows 11 could surpass Windows 10 in popularity before the latter’s official support ends.

Security and Features: The Road Ahead

With the impending end of support for Windows 10, security remains a paramount concern. Upgrading to Windows 11 ensures that your computer stays protected with the latest security patches, safeguarding your information and reducing the risk of cyberattacks. Additionally, Windows 11 offers new features and a refreshed interface that can enhance your computing experience.

As the migration to Windows 11 continues, it will be intriguing to observe how Microsoft facilitates a smooth transition for those still using Windows 10. In the coming months, we can expect a continued shift in market share, with Windows 11 potentially emerging as the dominant desktop operating system.

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How to activate Windows 10 LTSC 2021?

To activate Windows 10 LTSC 2021, you need a valid product key. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation. Click 'Change product key,' enter your key, and follow the prompts. For volume licensing customers, use a KMS server or the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT). Ensure you have a stable internet connection for activation.

How to use Steps Recorder in Windows 10?

To use Steps Recorder in Windows 10, type 'Steps Recorder' in the search box and open it. Click 'Start Record' and perform the steps you want to capture. Click 'Stop Record' when done. You can review the recorded steps and add comments if needed. Save the recording as a ZIP file to share it.
Update: 07 Jul 2024
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