Fall Creators Update Hits Over 20 Percent of All Windows 10 PCs

Posted on November 28, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface, Windows 10 with 25 Comments


The latest data shows that Microsoft is deploying the Fall Creators Update faster than its predecessor. The update is now available on over 20 percent of all Windows 10 PCs.

This data, as always comes from AdDuplex. As you may recall, AdDuplex is 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 learn this month.

Fall Creators Update. The Fall Creators Update is now on 20.4 percent of all Windows 10 PCs, so it is outpacing its predecessor, the Creators Update, which was available on 18.1 percent of Windows 10 PCs after the same time frame.

Surface leads the way. This hasn’t always been the case with Windows 10 feature updates, but Microsoft’s Surface lineup is getting the Fall Creators Update at a faster clip than other PC makers: 45.5 percent of Windows 10-based Surface PCs are now running the Fall Creators Update. By comparison, HP is at 19.5 percent, Dell is 20.4 percent, and Lenovo is at 18.2 percent.

HP is still number one. HP is the largest PC maker in the world, so it makes some sense that its PCs are the most popular with Windows 10 users: 25.1 percent of all Windows 10 PCs in the world are made by HP, compared to 16 percent for Dell and 12.8 percent for Lenovo. Microsoft, by comparison is at just 2.7 percent.

Surface Pro 4 is the most popular Surface PC. Once again, Surface Pro 4 is the most-often-seen Surface out in the wild with 39.7 percent usage share among Surface PCs. Surface Pro 3 is number two with 21.7 percent, and Surface 3 (!) is at 10.4 percent.

What about new Surace PCs? The 2017 Surface Pro is predictably surging in popularity and it arrives in position four among Surface PCs with 9.2 percent usage. Surface Laptop, confusingly, is well behind in 8th place (out of 10) with just 2 percent of Surface usage. And Surface Book 2 barely ekes out a 9th place finish with .4 percent of usage. I’m surprised by the Surface Laptop numbers, frankly.


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28 responses to “Fall Creators Update Hits Over 20 Percent of All Windows 10 PCs”

  1. PeteB

    I've got Windows update disabled in 10, so no pointless update with no new features for me.

    Don't have time to re-do all my third party telemetry disabling tools and start menu replacement every time MS decides to release one of these bloated full-reinstall updates. Maybe one day they'll figure out delta updating like the service pack days.

  2. skane2600

    "I’m surprised by the Surface Laptop numbers, frankly."

    i'm not surprised. It's an expensive laptop with a limited OS. People who need a Windows Pro machine are more likely to buy one with it pre-installed rather than messing with an upgrade (however seamless). IMO, the target price for a Windows 10S PC should be close to the median price for a Chromebook. MS probably couldn't make money at that price point and so should have left Windows 10S PCs to the OEMs who can leverage their higher volume capability.

    • bbold

      In reply to skane2600:

      With the latest black Friday and holiday discounts, SL was going on sale for $799 in some markets, including at my local Best Buy. This is the base model, sure, but just fine for students, as I am one and use one daily and love it. This is about $300 off the regular price, and once you account for all the black Friday sales from MS and their partners, I think you'll find that .4 share changing come January.

  3. hrlngrv

    Again, AdDuplex only samples Windows 10 usage through a finite number of apps. Those not using those apps aren't included in AdDuplex's stats. Where this matters: AdDuplex shows Dell as the #2 OEM with 16.0% share vs Lenovo (#3) at 12.8% while both IDC and Gartner show Lenovo shipments within 0.5% of HP for all PC shipments so far through 2017. Further, AdDuplex %s are just for Windows 10 PCs, so excludes Apple, while IDC and Gartner %s include Apple.

    AdDuplex grossly underestimates Lenovo user share. Implying the apps from which AdDuplex samples may not be used much in China, and possibly not in most of Asia.

    This may be the only publicly available info there is to compare Windows 10 versions, and for that it may provide reasonable stats. For OEM stats, AdDuplex exhibits considerable bias and produces what appear to be very unreliable results.

  4. Plumbobby

    Surprised with surface laptop as in you thought it would be higher than that? Or you are surprised that it's selling so well already at 2%?

    Are there any indicators how many of the surface laptops are running 10S?

  5. AllanSmithee

    I tried 1709...As in all the first days of the Windows updates, it fouled me up in many minor ways and I returned to 1703 and disabled updating for now...hate doing it but the updates never seem ready for primetime, in my case at least...

  6. NT6.1

    I'm using Anniversary Update with Windows Update disabled. I only install security patches. Maybe I will upgrade if they get it together in 2018. I'm not a creator, I couldn't care less about these updates.

  7. johnbaxter

    My two Win10 machines are probably not included in the AdDuplex count based on what I’ve installed on them. I’m not alone, but I don’t know what fraction of Win10 machines are not counted, or whether the version spread is biased by the omitted boxes.

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