Fall Creators Update Usage Soars

Posted on December 28, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 46 Comments

Fall Creators Update Usage Soars

The latest data shows that the Fall Creators Update now accounts for over 50 percent of all Windows 10 PCs in use.

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’s new in Windows 10 PC usage this month.

Fall Creators Update usage surges. As you may recall, the Fall Creators Update accounted for just 20 percent of all Windows 10 PCs in use in late November. That number is way up a month later, with the FCU now accounting for 53.6 percent of all Windows 10 PC usage.

Fall Creators Update usage varies by countries. Western Europe, Canada, and the US lead the way, as you might expect, with roughly 60 percent usage for the FCU in both places. Africa and South America are at the rear.

HP, Lenovo, and ASUS PCs get getting the Fall Creators Update the quickest worldwide. AdDuplex notes that only three PC makers—-HP, Lenovo, and ASUS—-made the top-5 list in all the markets it surveyed. “HP is at the top almost everywhere except for Russia,” AdDuplex notes. “Dell is second in US and India, but only fifth in biggest European markets and not even in [the] top 5 in Russia.”

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Comments (46)

46 responses to “Fall Creators Update Usage Soars”

  1. jrickel96

    Looks like Microsoft is succeeding in unifying the platform quickly. That's a staggering rate of upgrades to the newest version and without hearing of many incidents. So roughly 350 million people are on the newest version of Windows. Impressive considering how often in the past people would languish on prior versions. The fragmentation of the platform is declining, making Android the most fragmented platform by far with iOS the most current.

    Considering how MS has operated for decades, this is pretty incredible movement.

  2. Waethorn

    I don't know what it is, but I'm seeing major performance issues with Edge on clean installs of FCU all the time now (on customer's PC's). Edge eats all the available RAM for some "Background Tab Process", which of course, kills the performance of a computer. Attempting to close Edge normally doesn't shut down these processes, so you have to do a full reboot to resolve the issue, but it comes back frequently when you reload Edge.

    If this is "improvement", I'm sticking with Ubuntu.

    • Lauren Glenn

      In reply to Waethorn:

      Then as Henny Youngman would say, then don't use Edge. Every IE version has been a downhill experience since they started "upgrading" IE 6 to make it 7 and so on. Actually, you can usually use TASKKILL /im to kill Edge like you can with any browser. I don't use Edge so I can't compare.

  3. edboyhan

    How does total Windows 10 usage compare with Windows 7?

    • jrickel96

      In reply to edboyhan:

      Hard to know for sure. Most estimates indicate that it will pass Windows 7 by next year, if it hasn't already. We know Windows 10 is over 600 million. Windows 7 is likely around 600-700 million. Windows 7 usage is declining quickly now, so we will likely see it disappear largely within 2 years.

      • hrlngrv

        In reply to jrickel96:

        If by estimates you mean StatCounter or Netmarketshare stats, they're based on sampling, and the sites from which they sample are likely to be visited by many more home/leisure PC users than workplace PC users.

  4. summersk59

    I've had version 1709 running on two computers for about a month with little to no issues. Both computers are approx 3 yrs old higher end with 16 GB of memory and SSD's. I'm also a Linux user and have an old MBP collecting dust someplace in my home. Overall I'm pleasantly surprised how well win 10 has been especially since the days of Win 8.1 ( I actually went back to 7).

  5. madthinus

    I have a feeling this data is skewed. It might be 50% on pc's that is getting their ads, but those adds will only show in apps from the store. Very few apps I suspect carrying their ads will be at a work place. The majority of PC's live at the work place and this update has not been rolled out to the current branch of business. So the question I have is this, if 50% of the pc's that is forced to update at this stage (home users) is running the latest build, is this pace really fast? Or just faster than before. I have a feeling this is less of the good news that people suspect.

  6. Winner

    What do we expect when the updates are forced upon most of us?

  7. chrisrut

    Boy am I stoked...

    Kidding aside, they actually seem to be getting good at this.

  8. pecosbob04

    It never ceases to amaze me how often I see Xp still in use. Case in point Drs. offices and hospitals, usually driving diagnostic devices but also in admin areas. I wonder if medicine has a lot of software (Epic?) that requires Xp.

    • Angusmatheson

      I was told that because Windows XP wasn’t getting updates it wasn’t HIPPA compliant. If they are using XP they should be paying for the extra support. In reply to pecosbob04:

    • Lauren Glenn

      In reply to pecosbob04:

      Many of the software doctor's offices get usually get factored in with hardware purchases because those companies sell them to doctors with a PC so they can get over some limit that used to be there. My dad was a cardiologist and he would periodically get a crap computer and then software tacked on so they'd go over $1500 on a PC that wasn't worth that much. But you had to have the software so you had to buy it. They won't sell the software separately since they can't milk them for as much money. I used to tell him that they were milking him for money but he told me he had no choice and had to buy it to get paid.

    • Simard57

      In reply to pecosbob04:

      a while ago (could be OBE) many ATM machines were on XP. does that make you feel comfortable?

  9. NT6.1

    I will only update when they add tabs on File Explorer. Who are they kidding? All these Windows 10 versions are useless. Two years in and the development is getting stale.

  10. ponsaelius

    Seems a good result for Microsoft given where they were with XP sticking around for years and many enterprises still on Windows 7.

    Looks good for future roll outs too.

  11. pecosbob04

    This analysis would be useful / interesting IFF it was accompanied by a second chart which covered all Windows operating systems and a third chart for all PC operating systems. As it is it lacks perspective.

  12. Simard57

    how is it doing against Windows 7?

    • Lauren Glenn

      In reply to Simard57:

      As 2020 gets closer, I'm betting everyone will get pushed to 10 anyway. My company is upgrading ours as we test the software but so far, we haven't had any compatibility issues yet since 1511.

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to Simard57:

      The better question because formerly 1703 machines becoming 1709 machines doesn't mean more potential users for the MSFT Store or other Windows 10-specific features and services.

    • Greg Green

      In reply to Simard57:

      Netmarketshare has Win7 at 45%, Win10 at 26%, Win XP at 7.9%, Win8.1 at 6.6%.

      • hrlngrv

        In reply to Greg Green:

        FWIW, StatCounter shows W10 almost at the same user share as W7 at the end of Nov 2017.

        Differences in sampling methodologies would account for a lot of the difference, but I've come to suspect both StatCounter and Netmarketshare exhibit rather considerable levels of sampling variance. Also, I figure both underrepresent workplace PCs, meaning both likely overstate W10 usage.

      • Simard57

        In reply to Greg Green:

        cool - can you share a link?

    • Simard57

      In reply to Simard57:

      from https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199373/windows-pcs/windows-by-the-numbers-windows-7s-recalculated-share-shows-faster-than-thought-decline.html

      "When only Windows personal computers were included in the calculation, Windows 7 ran 48.8% of all Windows machines, a month-over-month drop of 2.6 points"

      "In fact, Net Applications' bot-less data made that case: Windows 10 ran on 32% of all personal computers last month, a 2.7-point increase, and powered 36.2% of all Windows PCs. It was the first time that Windows 10 accounted for a third or more of the Windows operating systems worldwide."

  13. mortarm

    >...60 percent usage for the FCU in both places.

    So, would that be W. Europe and Canada or W. Europe and the US or Canada and the US?