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New report claims Windows 11 adoptions haven't even eclipsed Windows XP market share

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What you need to know

  • Lansweeper has released a new report indicating the state of Windows 11 adoption.
  • According to its findings, less than 1.5% of PCs are on Windows 11.
  • These results were allegedly derived from a scan of 10 million PCs, with the mix therein being 20% enterprise and 80% consumer.

Different research gathers different results, so take these findings from Lansweeper with the same grain of salt you'd take any other figures. If Lansweeper's stats are on the money, then it seems Windows 11 adoption is slow going.

For contrast, back in January 2022, AdDuplex claimed Windows 11 had eaten 16% of Windows 10's lunch as of that month. While AdDuplex's chart didn't provide a breakdown of every Windows operating system's market share, the fact that Windows 10 is dominant in most major markets means 16% of it would translate to a higher overall percentage of total PC users than what Lansweeper's report claims. According to the latter, Windows 11 has only captured 1.44% of the market as of April 2022.

That figure is derived from a scan of 10 million PCs, which Lansweeper claims are 20% enterprise devices and 80% consumer. Furthermore, the IT asset management software provider's findings also show a breakdown of how most other Windows OSes are doing in the market.

Source: Lansweeper (Image credit: Source: Lansweeper)

Based on the figures at hand, Windows 11 has yet to even beat out Windows XP, which remains a fan-favorite OS in certain parts of the world. Still, beloved or otherwise, XP is old and the idea that Windows 11, with its insane marketing stunts and rapid growth in places like PC gaming, hasn't yet beaten the elder OS... it's quite the claim.

Lansweeper predicted as much back when it stated Windows 11 would prove a challenge for enterprise devices. And more recent studies have more or less agreed that enterprise adoption isn't speeding along. But the fact that Lansweeper states this study's results are primarily consumer derived leaves room for debate given other sources' Windows 11 reporting.

"Although the rate of adoption is increasing bit by bit, it's obvious that Windows 11 upgrades aren't going as fast as Microsoft had hoped, especially within the business environment," said Roel Decneut, Chief Strategy Officer at Lansweeper. "Many organisations have been put off from having to buy new machines that meet these conditions, while others are simply happy with the current existence of Windows 10 which continues to be supported until 2025."

Perhaps there's truth to some of these claims, hence why Microsoft keeps pushing people to properly adopt the OS.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

65 Comments
  • Well of course it hasn't. The interface is a steaming pile of crap. Instead of spending time on improving core performance, Microsoft is again wasting time on UI improvement to appease the people who don't have use for a computer. It's a total regression in usability and doesn't promote productivity unless you only care about social media posting and a tiny handful of "apps". All the domains I work with have GPOs to block the upgrade as well as the non-business related machines. It'll become the next Vista...
  • Adoption has been faster than win10
  • Most consumers/companies were happy with the stability of Win7. After the Win8 oddity, nobody was looking to be the first on Win10 until the bleeding edge tested it and blessed it. I was running Win10 two years before the company I worked at began the rollout from 7 to 10 (IT first).
  • Microsoft intentionally kill their products to force you upgrade. I was forced to switch to Windows 10 despite being fully satisfied with Win 7. Same thing with forceful iOS 7 upgrade from iOS 6. Capitalism eventually turns towards communism where few big brands control 99% of consumers.
  • "Capitalism eventually turns towards communism where few big brands control 99% of consumers."
    That's not communism, that's monopoly. Very different. Words matter.
  • That’s not monopoly. It is natural market forces. There are no “monopolies” in any markets today. There are plenty of options. Being successful does not make you a “monopoly”. Google is not a monopoly. Apple is not a monopoly. Samsung is not a monopoly. Words DO matter.
  • So google using all of its underhanded techniques that get called up at EU courts is ... not a monopoly ?, well thats news to me. Isn't apple sending old iPhone users updates to slow down their phone intentionally... technically forcing those users to upgrade to a new device?, whats next? monopolies ARENT MONOPOLIES but sheep farms?.
  • It is really no different than Redhat or Macs or any older Unix/midrange/mainframe OS version. When they don't want to support old version anymore, they set an end of life date and it's all over. If you are a business and can afford the extra coverage past EOL to get your apps upgraded, you can push it a bit. Of course, all the while, your hardware service charges are ramping up to entice you to upgrade the hardware too.
  • The survey was done on organizations or consumers who have installed the Lansweeper IT Asset Management software. How many consumers have installed this software? Why would lowly consumers install this software in order to inventory assets on their system? Is this survey a true representation of the state of Windows 11? For me, I don't even know what the hell is Lansweeper.
  • You'll notice there are multiple in-post disclosures stating this data shouldn't be taken as fact given how many unknowns there are, as well as rival data points indicating opposing figures. So I wouldn't say it's a "true" representation. With that said, any figures not from Microsoft directly probably can't be considered "true," and even then, there are questions as to how Microsoft gathers its numbers and stats.
  • I'd venture MS's numbers are arguable from an accounting audit perspective since the numbers go to the quarterly reports and are reported to Wall Street. How MS counts virtual machines being created/destroyed in the virtual realm under an Enterprise license. Proof of concepts, unit test, pre-release, qa, debug testing environments spring up and are destroyed on a whim.
  • Been looking at a lot of new devices and everything I see, comes with Windows 11, not that I want it, and this is the first time I've ever thought to "downgrade" after I purchase a device of my preference... though I might give it another shot since the PC I tried it on, ran on old gen hardware plus I hate downgrading, cause I dislike the hassle and possible compatibility issue if it may occur.
  • PC manufacturers are stating their upcoming sales numbers are not promising. The Covid home office buildout ate into the future numbers. Also could be corps are seeing the Win11 no Win10 reversion products on PC manuf websites and are not interested in adding load to overworked IT teams.
  • I've never heard of it either but an inventory of 10m machines isn't a drop in the bucket. I'd rather look at something a bit more mainstream like Malwarebytes or Avast or Norton but since they aren't reporting it, what are we to do to find an independent opinion? Businesses will migrate to W11, but I'd give it another year before the numbers roll in.
  • Year? Numbers can be tallied for whatever period that makes no difference lol. Adoption in the enterprise sector will always lag behind the consumer space as it's not feasible to re-train staff en mass for every o/s release at launch. Not to mention compatibility testing is also required for existing infrastructure. Which is more of a pain point as many older processors are not officially supported. These processers are used in leased PCs as well as low end variants used in dumb terminals. Throw into the mix of a recent W11 security update requiring a complete re-install. So I don't see W11 picking up in the enterprise space anytime soon.
  • Of course corps lag individual purchases; it's compatibility/qualifications first off before they even plan on scheduling the work. Also, they aren't going to blow their capitalization budgets because MS decides they want all hardware updated. If its capitalized to 3-4 years out, companies are going to drag it out irregardless. Explain to the board of directors why the budget is blown or tell MS to pound sand in a polite way. However, you can't cost out the retraining of staff when you don't even know if it requires app upgrades (even more training), so that puts the certification testing as a early gate in the project. You are also better off upgrading those apps before you roll out the OS upgrade (if possible due to KISS). I'll still stick with the projection that corps will begin migrating to W11 in 2h23 to give plenty of time to complete an upgrade by 2025, if feasible^. The natural aging out of PC devices will help drive W11 adoption as they will be hardware compatible. They'll still be dropping back to W10 to maintain consistency via enterprise licensing for hardware purchases I'd say until 1h24/2h24; as you say they are not going to want to support multiple os versions since it is painful.
  • Sure, 10m machines is not a low number. The problem is 10m machines of a particular sector of the market is not a representation of the general market.
  • Exactly, what I've said elsewhere in this thread.
  • The best part of my day is when back at home and can use MacBook Air after whole day of fight with W11 at work. Hopefully not much longer - we're moving to Apple. Microsoft never learn, currently released not even half baked system as 'normal' and don't give a s.... about it
  • You will own nothing and be happy.
  • Also sprach Zarathustra…
  • And on the other hand, I am very happy having switched from Apple to Windows. The people I see who have problems are always the Mac users. In fairness, that's mainly due to software compatibility issues, not the Mac not working, but those are still problems that Windows users just don't have. Mostly I still use Windows 10 over 11 (I use 1 laptop with 11, the one I'm using as I write this), but with the Start Menu updates coming with 22H2 reported here on Windows Central, looks like 11 will be ready for all my systems later this year.
  • well if it floats your boat, but Windows 10 still works for businesses even if Windows 11 doesn't. And I've been a first adopter for everything yet even I would agree that Windows 11 is bad, note that I've used windows 8/8.1 yet I've never seen such a horrid blunder like W11, the good news is that Windows 10 is still functional. In simple practicality, I dont think I will be needing an overpriced device that wont be ahead in enterprise support by any form.
  • Moving to Crapple? I'm moving away from Crapple after 10+ years of it to Windows 11! I'm sick and tired of dealing with that Crapple interface and Apple's b.s.
  • @prfraczac Apple?? It's your money, do what you wish. However, you are effectively condoning Apple's monopolistic and anti-repair practises.
  • Windows 11 has worse UX than 10, especially when it comes to the Start Menu, which is a core function. UI improvements cannot mask this problem. Seriously though, Microsoft needs to stop changing the Start Menu so drastically. The last time there was a drastic change (Windows 8), backlash was immense. If they want people to use the new one, at least leave the old one in there as an option (see Windows XP-Vista).
  • Absolutely.
    It's like they learned NOTHING from the failure of Windows 8.
    But that's what happens when you try to salvage the garbage work you had done for Windows 10 X, a version of Windows that failed before it even launched.
  • Wouldn't surprise me if there was a lot of refactoring in 10X that they didn't want to lose/redo, so 11's build was the lesser of two evils.
  • Good joke, but you know whats a better one? Windows 8 users CHOSE TO UPGRADE CAUSE IT WORKED AND WAS FASTER THAN WINDOWS 7. I know cause I adopt every windows platform the moment its readily and steadily available for public, and Windows 11 is the only platform that I wouldn't willingly upgrade to...
  • You could go out to the windows uptake site listed above that has more than a decade of data for different versions of windows and you will find windows 8 and 8.1 were the least adopted versions of windows at their peak. Sorry but you are an outlier WandowsTan.
  • Luke Yen, yeah, I pretty much agree with you. That said, the function (not the look and minus Live Tiles) of the Start Menu and Taskbar we have in Windows 10 appear to be coming back with the next big update - 22H2. We'll be able to group and organize app icons who we want with folders. Full drag and drop and jump menu support returning. The problem with Windows 8 was the horribly bifurcated UI. Modern apps and the main Start experience were completely cut off from the Desktop. It was an OS called Windows, but that seemed to think no one actually ran apps in Windows (modern apps could only run full screen or snapped to left or right). For running apps, unlike Windows 7->8, Windows 11 doesn't take anything away from 10 -- it just adds more Snap options and better touch support.
  • How dare you D: . . . Windows 8/8.1 had the best UI ever, anyone who dares to use Windows 11 knows that :') , Windows 11 makes everything else seem much better than it is.
  • They should've just kept improving Windows 10. I used to be the type that lokrf forward to a new OS but I have no desire to use 11 after what I've seen of it. It seems completely unnecessary. I am not switching until I have to.
  • If they'd stuck with Windows 10 then they couldn't force people to upgrade their PCs by 2025. I run both win 10 and 11 on a 10 year old desktop and it runs fine.
  • True but I guess hardware architecture and software do need to be upgraded every now and then for the sake of "safety" including power efficiency, after all like 6 to 8 gens ago (in terms of intel) power saving was quite bad, where as now a decent laptop could give out a least of 6-10 hours in battery life if its running on light/casual use.
  • For me it was because of the TPM requirement. I have three Windows 10 PCs at home, all of them working perfectly fine, but only one upgraded to Windows 11 as the other two doesn't have TPM.
  • Most users upgrade the OS by buying a new computer, so Microsoft expects your non-TPM computers to stay on Windows 10, hence the Windows 10 support through 2025. For the system builders who are accustomed to manually installing the OS, it's easy to bypass the TPM "requirement" anyway.
  • Are they selling W11 Product Keys at this point? I think it is still 'Buy a new PC' or buy a W10 product key and perhaps you can install a fresh W11 with the W10 key. Worst case, install W10 on a compat machine and immediately upgrade.
  • Technically you could upgrade from W10 to 11, though, what would be the gains? TPM seems like a good safety mechanism, under the hood improvements are not all bad either, however there are many other experiences like the lack of features in comparison to Windows 10 or before, that stands to pull a lot of hair if one were to put some thought into it.
  • One of the biggest adoption barriers is that Microsoft is forcing a huge amount of people to buy new hardware to be able to upgrade...
  • True, but with the exception of the hard push to get Windows 8 users onto 10 via the automated Windows Update (and recall that many people complained about that), new hardware purchases have always been the primary source of upgrades. Most users don't manually upgrade Windows to a new version.
  • Yes I see tons of recent x lease PCs for sale with processors that don't meet the Win 11 requirements. Wonder how many buyer's of these PCs are awere of this?
  • Outside Windows Central I don't know ONE person who likes Windows 11. ONE.
    Is it anecdotal evidence? Absolutely. But when anecdotal evidence matches report after report, then there must be a basis of truth to it. It's time Microsoft admits Windows 11 is the failure anyone who used Windows for a few years expected it to be (the s**t version that always follows the good version) and starts working on Windows 12 to do a 180º in everything they did with Windows 11 from the garbage designs to the attempts at reusing the UI of a version of Windows that failed before it even launched. Windows 12 needs to go back to Windows 10 and just improve on it, not try to redesign what doesn't need to be redesigned or copy Apple's garbage UI options just "because". It also needs to drop the ridiculous system requirements that have no good justification whatsoever.
  • Are you referring to the Start Menu and Taskbar or something else? Beyond the Start Menu and Taskbar changes, all the other changes are either real technical improvements under the hood or just further standardization of more apps and Settings that were already well underway with Windows 10 (like broader dark mode adoption, less old Windows 95-style Control Panel and more modern Settings). If it's the rounded corners on Windows, I have a really hard time believing anyone cares about that one way or the other. Hell, Windows XP had rounded corners. Windows 8 brought the square look. I'm sure square will come back again one day, and then give way to round again after that. As long as the design is consistent across the OS, I don't care what the style is. I do prefer the Windows 10 Start (saves me minutes per day over Windows 11 Start), so I understand that criticism, but that's because I love being able to position my icons in easy to access groups and I use the Live Tiles to get info at a glance. All the data I've read, and even watching my own friends and family, those are features that very, very few of us use, so I get MS choosing to simplify to appeal to the majority. Further, Widgets will effectively take the place of Live Tiles. For Start and Taskbar, it looks like the missing functions are all coming back in Windows 11 with the 22H2 update. At that point, I think Windows 11 should be a solid OS and worthy upgrade from Windows 10.
  • "... there must be a basis of truth to it."
    No, that's not how data works. You're using anecdotes to support confirmation bias. You dislike Windows 11, so now you're looking for any evidence to support your belief.
  • I wouldn't go so far as to claim that; Windows Central and their phone/tablet/gaming perspective may be skewing the results you see. Go to something like The Register and you will see an entirely different take on W11. Or, participate in talks with IT compatriots over drinks to get similar datapoints. I look at it this way--if Microsoft could make money, don't you think they'd be selling the Product Keys on their websites for consumers by now? That they don't points to 1) the hardware stumbling block would kill their support infrastructure 2) buyers remorse and refunds / roll backs in 14 days once the sale is made and that news hitting the public 3) there is some mainstream app compatibility issue they want to keep under wraps and opening the floodgates would expose it. 4) its just not that compelling to warrant the $100+ cost to upgrade. Think of it--we are potentially a few bad publicity announcements away and windows 11 is just the next example of W98, ME, Vista, 8 -- a long line of Microsoft miscues. I believe they will do everything in their power to prevent that, but we are pretty far into W11 so far and the lack of MS monetizing it speaks volumes to me. Sooner or later they have to start noticing the pattern.
  • The version of Windows NO ONE asked for. Microsoft, released that refreshed version of Windows 10 21H2 already https://www.windowslatest.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Windows-10-desi...
  • I have one PC running 10 and another 11. I hate to admit it but as a functional tool 10 is far better. No amount of rounded corners make up for it being harder and slower to find what you want.
    For me the classic example is the clock. Under 10 is shows my shared calendars and I can add and interact. Under 11 the most you get is blank days of the month.
    If that were not bad enough, the dreaded widget gives you one week of calendar. Who are these infants who are still being taken to play school by their mothers every day so cannot understand the need for a diary?
  • I like windows 11 - best windows yet. Best performance, wsl2/g, gamepass, gamebar, terminal, powershell, updated control panel, faster patching… y’all are a bunch of whiny 😫 people if you ask me. start bar moving to give a better cross device experience is “about time” and everyone taking about windows 7 being the best forget that windows vista pushed the boundaries and 7 would t have happened if vista didn’t do that.. most people who like things just use them.. but the vocal haters have to make everyone else suffer and if you ask me that’s stupid. go use something else then and let people enjoy things for christs sake.
  • If they are dumping hardware that heavily with Windows 11, it is time to dump legacy code as well. Move towards the future, leave the past in W10.
  • Now I know... why people dont relate... anyways my condolences.
  • Windows 11 had 16.84% of the Windows OS share on last month's Steam Hardware Survey
  • That is a survey of gamers, not a useful cross-section of the spectrum of windows users. Nor would a percentage of Surface users be a useful analysis.
  • Statcounter has Win 11 at 10.5% in the US and 8.5% worldwide in March. Seems about right to me. The enthusiasts have it, and no one else cares. If/when people buy a new PC it will come with 11 and most people still won’t care. Of course, businesses aren’t touching it yet, and won’t for a few more years.
  • Nice site and data can be drilled back more than a decade. The Vista/Win8 max adoptions are pretty surprising, as well as the XP longevity and Win7. I think the success of those two and business's reluctance to go forward may be repeated on Win10 despite MS's current admonition its ending in 2025. Businesses squawk, MS listens. The key will be if they can convince business to jump online (abandon current platforms). I wonder what the post-event feedback to Microsoft suggests? There's a degree of fanboi in the IT support structure but management has to justify the costs vs. other IT/line of business priorities and convince to adopt vs. drive the stake in the ground to tell Microsoft to slow the train down.
  • They haven't pushed the upgrade aggressively like they did with Windows 10, and there's still that a lot of people that don't meet their hardware requirements. So of course it's not going to be adopted as faster. The general public don't typically check for updates, but when auto-updated or pushed on them like it does for mobile, people tend to just go with the flow or ignore it for as long as they can.
  • Commercial uptake isn't going to drive the numbers. It is how corporations react to the recent event that will set the trend. Even so, PC sales are slated to drop due to supply chain/surge of hardware purchases for COVID home work. We saw the same thing post 2000; everyone updated their PCs to minimize impact and that huge boost literally clobbered desktop sales for the next two years. There was a wider replacement window after that to try to get the expenses spread out over fiscal years (for larger corps). Wanting a new PC wasn't a good enough reason to justify at the time.
  • And it will struggle. I'll wait to almost 2025 if possible just because UI in 11 looks like fake MacOS and system by itself doesn't provide anything really new and important. I've recommended this to everybody so just that affects over 30 PCs and laptops around me.
  • I figure by fall 2023, Windows 11 shell is going to be in a much better state. Worst case, Start11 will be a very good option.
  • Because of the way the hardware requirements were made, the share of Windows 11 will be intrinsically tied to the rate which people upgrade their PCs, and last time I checked I was running two 8 year old PCs with Windows 10 whose specs are still competitive to this day. It could be a long time before average people upgrade their PCs unless they run devices even older than mine and their performance becomes fully obsolete. I wouldn't look into it too far, Windows 10 and 11 share virtually all apps and services between them.
  • Maybe people have been hearing about Microsoft's refusal to correct the issues with the taskbar, the still un-fixed painfully slow file explorer, or maybe they've been hearing about the last two Insider builds being complete crap..
    🤔
  • To me it still does not accomplish some basic needs to upgrade.
  • Conversely it’s just an OS to launch apps. Mine seems to be working just fine. There are many improvements such as the settings area. I also like the UI - nice.
  • W11 is not enterprise ready, heck it still lacks basic functionality that many are used to with previous versions of Windows i.e. Inability to move the taskbar. Which is vital for some who use multiple screens and that's mostly done in the enterprise sector. In the consumer space it's fairly niche.
  • Recently I've been looking at Linux as a replacement for Windows 10. Only problem is no MS Office 365 for Linux. I can handle the Word, Excel replacements but as I use Exchange Server and one IMAP accounts there is no replacement for Outlook so I guess it Will be Windows 11. Not going down the expensive Apple route just for Office.