Windows 10 Version 1809 Hits 29.3 Percent Usage Share

Posted on April 29, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 7 Comments

With the next version of Windows 10 waiting in the wings, the latest version of the system continues its slow usage climb.

“While Windows 10 [version 1903] is starting to trickle out via various channels, it is not officially available to consumers yet,” the latest AdDuplex usage report notes. “In the meantime, Windows 10 [version 1809] added almost 3 percent to its share and, out of more than 100,000 PCs surveyed, 29.3 percent run the latest official Windows 10 release.”

As you may recall, usage of Windows 10 version 1809 has been on a slow boil compared to previous releases, thanks in part to a botched launch. It reached 12.4 percent of the total Windows 10 user base in January, 20 percent in February, and then 26 percent in March.

These numbers suggest that upgrades are now slowing ahead of the release of the May 2019 Update, which will upgrade users’ PCs to Windows 10 version 1903.

“Windows 10 [version 1809] has grown only modestly in anticipation of the next release,” AdDuplex confirms.

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7 responses to “Windows 10 Version 1809 Hits 29.3 Percent Usage Share”

  1. jcbeckman

    I can't even get one of my systems to upgrade from 1803 - it dies with an error that Microsoft says has two solutions - clean install (not happening, I have a working system) or install from ISO. OK, so I try install from ISO - and get the same error. So hopefully 1903 will be better (although I see I'll have to disconnect my USB backup drive, because this new whiz-bang tech - a USB drive - is apparently too new and sophisticated for a Windows installer in the 21st century).

  2. bharris

    If almost 2/3 of systems are already a version behind, it definitely seems too early to be rolling out yet another update. With updates being issued so often, installations simply cannot keep up. So, every update adds yet another sliver to the pie (chart)....and yet one more version to be maintained. It almost seems like instead of updates being driven by time, maybe it should be based on the adoption rate of the existing version...Like 1903 would not be pushed out until 1809 is at least half of W10 installations.

  3. cwfinn

    Purchased a brand new Surface Pro 6 at a physical Microsoft Store, store staff set it up and sat through the numerous updates, reboots, etc. A month later, still no 1809. My Surface Pro 5, Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 all upgraded to 1809 months ago. WTF?

  4. Winner

    That says something about Microsoft's six-month cadence for releases, doesn't it?

  5. pesos

    1803 was our first major foray into enterprise rollouts of SAC rather than LTSB (now LTSC because marketing). We will likely give 1809 a miss and work on deploying 1909, assuming it doesn't suck as badly.

  6. andrewtgalloway

    I kind of enjoyed the days of frequent Windows updates. It was fun seeing changes and unlocking new features!

  7. luckyseven

    And all the people STILL whining about the "forced" updates. Well, according to this statistic, apparently the updates are NOT forced.

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