Windows 11 continues its ascent, with 16% of PCs converted as of January 2022

Windows 11 Install
Windows 11 Install (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Since its October 2021 release, Windows 11 has been gaining more and more of a foothold in the PC space.
  • As of January 2022, it's now up to over 16% in market share based on survey results gathered by AdDuplex.
  • In related news, Microsoft announced that Windows 11 is the highest quality Windows it's ever shipped.

AdDuplex has been keeping tabs on approximately 60,000 PCs for a few months now in order to report on how much growth Windows 11 is managing. It's gone from over 1% market share before the operating system's official October 25, 2021 release to a whopping 16.5% as of January 2022.

According to the report, that 16.5% figure is broken up as such: 16.1% of PCs surveyed were on normal Windows 11, while 0.4% were on the Insider track. Meanwhile, the remaining 83.5% of computers stayed with various iterations of Windows 10. You can see the granular breakdown over at AdDuplex's writeup.

"While Windows 11 has almost doubled its share, Windows 10 21H2 more than tripled in the same period," says AdDuplex. "As many older PCs can't upgrade to Windows 11, it will be interesting to see where these numbers settle over time."

Adduplex Windows Chart

Source: AdDuplex (Image credit: Source: AdDuplex)

The survey doesn't provide details on the motivations for the market share shifts, though it's natural for newer Windows variants to overtake older ones because individuals and organizations want to keep their technology relevant. There are outliers to this general truth, however, as evidenced by the staying power of Windows XP.

There is a chance the upgrades are also being spurred by Windows 11's general quality bar, which, according to Microsoft, has seen "the highest quality scores and product satisfaction of any version of Windows we've ever shipped."

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

  • I upgraded and regret it. Windows 11 breaks EqualizerAPO. :-(
  • Sorry to hear that. :/
  • I upgraded one of my 3 computers. I would have upgraded all of them, but I'm not allowed. It's too bad considering these computers will be performant for the next 5-6 years. My only gripe with Windows 11 is that it takes an extra click to make a new folder which I do dozens of times per day. Maybe I need to learn keyboard shortcuts.
  • Control+Shift+N will do the trick in file explorer.
  • Oh, you actually used the ribbon? I was confused there for a moment because mine was always collapsed. I've always done the "right-click->New->Folder" or the keyboard shortcut.
  • I haven't yet. Rather I keep windows 10 updated and use garuda Linux as a day to day os.
  • 'Microsoft announced that Windows 11 is the highest quality Windows it's ever shipped' They probably said the same thing about every version they had released.
  • I believe Bill Gates made that claim in a South Park movie...
  • All 4 PCs in this house but my latest issued work PC are to "old" to receive the update. 🤦🏿‍♂️
  • Did that stop you? Runs great on my ancient Surface Pro 4.
  • Windows 11 is working great, I am happy with it on my gaming rig. Now Microsoft needs to start cutting all the legacy garbage out. Leave it behind. We don't need anymore, and anyone that does, it is time to move forward. Build new tools or stick to old Window versions.
  • yeah. I really think things would be smoother for a mainline windows but they have to keep dragging along all their old underlying legacy codebases that they know causes issues. But, ppl will revolt and then stop using that feature when they release it