Windows 11 Adoption Rises to 30% Amid User Preferences and System Requirements

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01 Jul 2024

As Windows 11 approaches its three-year anniversary since launch, recent data shows that the operating system has reached an all-time high in terms of users. According to analytics firm Statcounter, almost 30% of all Windows PCs are now running Windows 11.

While this may not seem like a significant number, it marks a notable improvement compared to recent trends where Windows 11 adoption had been slightly declining. The operating system initially faced a cold reception, but the latest figures indicate a positive shift in user preferences.

Market Share Dynamics

Statcounter’s monthly report reveals that Windows 11 currently holds a market share of 29.7%, with Windows 10 still dominating at 66.1%. Despite the introduction of new features and AI enhancements, Windows 11 has faced challenges in winning over users.

One of the key reasons for reluctance to upgrade to Windows 11 is the stringent system requirements, which exclude older CPUs and devices without TPM. Additionally, the operating system has been plagued by issues with updates and occasional buggy behavior.

User Experience and Challenges

Furthermore, Windows 11 has started to display ads that some users find intrusive, and the differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11 may not be significant for those who are not avid AI enthusiasts.

The recent uptick in Windows 11 adoption could be attributed to the purchase of new machines pre-installed with the operating system. With Windows 10 approaching its End of Life in 2025, many users may find it more convenient to stick with Windows 11 on their new devices.

Future Outlook

Looking ahead, the success of Windows 11 may hinge on the release of Windows 12 and its ability to entice Windows 10 users to upgrade. However, system requirements could pose a challenge for older PCs looking to make the switch.

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Update: 01 Jul 2024
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