Windows 10 Version 1903 Jumps to 45.5 Percent Usage Share

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 16 Comments

Windows 10 version 1903 is now in use on over 45 percent of all Windows 10 PCs out in the world, according to the latest AdDuplex usage data.

“The growth of Windows 10 May [version] 1903 in September wasn’t as dramatic as it was in August,”
AdDuplex notes in its new report. “Still, it added more than 10 [percentage points] to its usage share.”

As you may recall, Windows 10 version 1903 usage tripled in August, to 33 percent. The big change this month is that it is, as predicted, now the most-often used version of Windows 10.  Window 10 version 1809 is in second place with 25.5 percent usage, followed by Windows 10 version 1803, with 24 percent.

As AdDuplex also notes, Windows 10 version 1903’s biggest gains this month came from Windows 10 version 1803 users upgrading to the latest version.

Additionally, AdDuplex takes a quick look at Surface PC usage just ahead of next week’s launch event for new models. Surface Pro 4 remains the most often-used Surface PC with 21 percent usage, followed by Surface Pro (2017) (16.3 percent), Surface Pro 3 (12.9 percent), and Surface Go (12.3 percent). This order hasn’t changed since AdDuplex last looked at Surface, back in February.

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Comments (16)

16 responses to “Windows 10 Version 1903 Jumps to 45.5 Percent Usage Share”

  1. wunderbar

    1803 is 6 weeks from end of support and still on 25% of all Windows 10 computers.

    This 18 month support thing is going great.

  2. StagyarZilDoggo

    Looks like Windows 10 has its own minor "XP / 7 problem" with 1803. It will go out of support (for Home / Pro) in 1.5 months - and it's still at 24.1% usage...

  3. dwcrider

    I'm still in the 24.1% 1803 with that great message in the Windows update window that says

    "The Windows 10 May 2019 Update is on its way. We're offering this update to compatible devices but unfortunately your MSI GS65 Stealth that you bought less then a year ago sucks and is not compatible to have the latest and greatest from Microsoft at this time. If you are lucky and we feel like blessing you, you may receive the May 2019 Update in May 2020....maybe. There's nothing you need to do at this time."

    Ok I may have ad lib some of that but you get the idea.

  4. Omen_20

    Seems about right. My home PC is on 1903. My work laptop is on 1809, and most of my colleagues are still using 1803 for whatever reason.

    • fbman

      In reply to Omen_20:

      My home PC also 1903 and work laptop 1809.

      We are not rolling out 1903 at work yet. Our rollouts are done by SCCM so windows update is blocked on all workstations. We will mostly properly skip 1903 and rollout 1909. Feature updates are done once a year in the organization.

  5. Omen_20

    For people worried about 1803 being 6 weeks from End of Support:

    • Home, Pro, and Pro for Workstations editions: November 12, 2019
    • Enterprise and Education editions: November 10, 2020

    I suspect the bulk of that 24.1% are Enterprise users. Many people where I work are still using it, and we're all on Enterprise.

  6. sparrow

    It might be a lot higher if 1903 didn't make the Wacom cursor infinitesimally small in Photoshop...the problem has been around for many months without Adobe, Wacom or Microsoft addressing the issue...and much reported to all parties...

    So far, their only recommendation is to disable Windows Ink in Photoshop...disabling pressure...

    What great customer service...

  7. mikes_infl

    Looks like I'm in the 45%. That explains why my project crapped out. Windows updated while I was away from the computer. I had just updated to the other one last week, I wasn't expecting another update so fast. I'm tired of this.

    • warren

      In reply to mikes_infl:

      They've changed the behaviour of that in 1903. Upgrading to the next feature update is no longer done automatically -- you have to go to Windows Update and click a button.

      If you put that off until support is ending for the feature update you're running, you will end up getting upgraded... but not without months of advance warning via notifications.

    • Tony Barrett

      In reply to mikes_infl:

      Everyone's tired of this. Nobody cares for these updates anymore. The 'features' are mostly irrelevant, and most would value consistency and stability over anything else. All we get are more problems and bugs. Security is very important, but Win10 seems to suffer from the same vulnerabilities as all other versions of Windows! It's now almost accepted that every few days there will be yet another update to WIn10 which will force another reboot and whatever else it brings. If anything, Win10 is killing productivity!

  8. RonV42

    I am stuck with 1703 on over 5k devices thanks to McAfee and corporate security policies.

  9. CloneURpeople2

    Once again, reassuring to see my decision to keep using Win 7 is validated. The latest "new" paradigm foisted on the MSoft customers is basically what Apple has created, to greatest success on the iPhone - that is, forced updates that not only provide logical (but sometimes dubious) security fixes, but unfortunately also undesired "improvements" and "enhancements" that constantly change the entire interface of familiar components, apps, even system heirarchies and the user's ability to modify settings. "Different must be better," whether or not that has been proven.

    I'm convinced the software engineers are intentionally using psychological tactics such as random reward theory, to manipulate the user's attachment to the program beyond mere improvements. As one is forced to constantly re-learn methods once routine and familiar, the emotional commitment to stay with the system increases, with the growing investment in keeping up with it. Paradoxically, rather than feel a sense of commitment to a system that just works, perfectly, all the time, complacency leads to a diminished sense of personal investment, whereas having to randomly wrestle with some exasperating issue, periodically, leads to reinforcing a sense of accomplishment that bonds the user more strongly, and strengthens the desire to stay with that system rather than make a leap to a competitive equivalent.

    Is this how Trump supporters process information?

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