Windows 10 Device Usage: Creators Update After One Month

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 11 Comments

Windows 10 Device Usage: Creators Update After One Month

For May, AdDuplex looks at the progress Microsoft has made deploying the Windows 10 Creators Update during its first month in the market. The firm also examines how the top PC makers are performing in key markets.

As you may recall, AdDuplex bills itself as the largest cross-promotion network for Windows apps. AdDuplex empowers developers and publishers to promote their apps for free by helping each other. And each month it provides a glimpse at which Windows devices people are actually using.

Here’s what we see this month.

Creators Update usage almost doubles. After a little over a month of availability, the Windows 10 Creators Update has been deployed to about 18 percent of all Windows 10-based PCs worldwide. This is up from the 10 percent figure we saw a month ago, and AdDuplex says the data confirms its belief that the Creators Update is rolling out at about the same speed as last year’s Anniversary Update. Given Microsoft’s newly conservative policies, this is, in fact, a big improvement, I think. Plus, the Anniversary Update eventually succumbed to reliability issues, which slowed the deployment of that update.

Creators Update usage varies by countries. If you look at the top 10 countries in which the Creators Update has been deployed, the United States, oddly, is at the bottom of the pack. (In the US, only 15.2 percent of Windows 10 PCs have been updated to the Creators Update.) This update has been deployed the most, as a percentage, in Germany, Brazil, Canada, Italy, and Russia.

The top PC makers haven’t changed. AdDuplex didn’t examine the top 10 PC makers by usage worldwide last month, but the figures haven’t changed since two months ago. HP is number one with 25.1 percent usage, compared to 16.3 percent for Dell and 11.8 percent for Lenovo. ASUS (9.1 percent) and Acer (8.7 percent) round out the top 5.

So how’s Surface doing? Microsoft, with 2.6 percent of the market, is 7th place among PC makers (this is for Windows 10 PCs only, to be clear) by usage. So there are about 13 million Surface PCs out in the world running Windows 10 right now (given 500 million active devices running Windows 10). But this has little bearing on actual sales, since many Surface devices sold so far are not running Windows 10, and many never will.

 

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11 responses to “Windows 10 Device Usage: Creators Update After One Month”

  1. MixedFarmer75

    I forced the update on my Surface 3, but still no update on other 4 machines. Oldest one is a Dell XPS 9200 (2010), newest on a HP x360 (2017). I understand older hardware not receiving it but baffled by the slow rollout on new machines.


  2. Jules Wombat

    And still Microsoft has not fixed the Edge Crashes in CU update:

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/apps_windows_10-msedge/edge-crashes-continuously-after-creators-update/ffd4c9bd-8aea-4614-a201-500f9cc91ec9

    I guess its only impacting us W10 Mobile 10 and W10 Edge users attempting to Sync settings. Quite possibly the worst bit of software written by Microsoft.

    • johnbaxter

      In reply to Jules Wombat:

      Thank you for the Edge crash context. Complaints about Edge crashes have long confused me, as Edge is my browser (with Firefox on board as backup) and "never" crashes. It's nice to know that I'm not seeing Edge crashes because I'm not syncing from (or running) Win 10 Mobile.


      I got Creators on the main machine (Vista-era Dell tower) via Insider Preview. Looking at Reliability Monitor I see three Edge (Content Process) failures in a short time the morning of April 28, and no Edge crashes since. (One SystemSettings.exe failure May 4, and one LockApp.exe failure May 9.) The line has leveled out at the top.


      My low-end Acer laptop got Creators via Insider, and hasn't been used heavily since. Edge is my browser there, too. Reliability Monitor is the most boring one I've seen: line is straight across the top; no red, a few update failures from the Store.


      --John (who gave up Windows phone in March 2016 with regret)


  3. SmithPM

    I tried to update my ASUS laptop, but three times after downloading, and then processing the updates, which took about an hour, and after a reboot, the system just sits there, with only the spinning circle of dots bit no other information. There is no disk activity at all, and no matter how long I wait, no change. I tried turning off (as somewhere suggested) my firewall and Internet security, but it did not help.

    • CaedenV

      In reply to SmithPM:

      Over the weekend I got a creators 2 update and my PC got stuck in a boot loop. I was so annoyed! But then I installed stock windows... and it wouldn't even install.


      Turned out that my motherboard is having power delivery issues and my system can't run RAM stable above DDR3 1333 any more :( I was glad to see it wasn't a windows problem in the end, but it crashed mid windows install I have to now do a full format/install and reinstall all of my programs... something I have not had to do since getting on the origional win10 beta! Thankfully, no data was lost.

  4. CaedenV

    I am so confused by HP's stats on things like this. I work in school districts, and do free-lance work, and I rarely ever see an HP out in the wild. Almost everything I see are old lenovos and newer Dell/ASUS/Acer units. I realize my scope is limited, but it surprises me every time.

  5. MutualCore

    I updated yesterday.

  6. hrlngrv

    AdDuplex uses telemetry gathered from 3rd party Windows Store apps. How many PCs use 3rd party Windows Store apps?

    AdDuplex may collect accurate stats for Windows devices whose users make relatively frequent use of 3rd party Windows Store apps, but that doesn't mean they collect accurate stats for Windows devices as a whole, especially PCs.

  7. Greg Green

    I finally have all four Win 10 machines updated. The last one, ironically the fastest, had to be updated manually. I'm not sure what their pattern is, if they have one.

  8. John Scott

    Some of the PC forums seem to have some basic feature issues with Creator and its possible the slow adoption is simply due to PC makers still testing some drivers and features with Creator. I pushed it onto 2 of my machines with no issues. However both were older PC desktops with garden variety hardware.  laptops can be more fickle with hardware and new OS upgrades. The big thing I noticed is Wifi issues with Creator.

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