Windows 10 Version 20H2 Hits 30 Percent Usage Share

Posted on March 29, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 5 Comments

Well, just about: According to the latest AdDuplex report, Windows 10 version 20H2 now accounts for 29.9 percent of all Windows 10 PCs out in the world.

“[Windows 10 version 20H2] is now on almost 30 percent of PCs surveyed,” AdDuplex reported this morning, based on a survey of almost 80,000 Windows 10 PCs. “And a good sign is that it’s not growing at the expense of 2004, but rather older releases.”

Windows 10 version 20H2 added almost 10 percentage points to its usage share in March when compared to the month before, when it accounted for 20 percent usage share. But as with last month, Windows 10 version 20H2 is still the second-most-popular Windows 10 version, behind version 2004, which now accounts for 42.1 percent of all Windows 10 PCs.

As AdDuplex alludes, that latter figure is barely changed from last month, when version 2004 accounted for 41.8 percent of all Windows 10 PCs. So some older versions had to have lost more share. The big loser appears to be Windows 10 version 1909, which fell from 26.8 percent usage in February to 18.4 percent this month.


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5 responses to “Windows 10 Version 20H2 Hits 30 Percent Usage Share”

  1. dftf

    So, before the complainers get here and start with the "see, look how fragmented Windows is", then may I point-out:

    (1) version 1909 and later are all in-support across all editions, meaning almost 91% of users are running a supported version (20H2, 2004, 1909, "Insider") -- seems fine to me. And if for 1809 and 1803 the majority of those are running Education or Enterprise, then including them brings the total to 93.5%, as those two editions are still in-support for those versions.

    (2) For 1507, 1607 and 1809 versions, their stats may include LTSC installs, given you never see LTSC broken-down in its own category. If so, remember they are all in-support.

    (3) Even ignoring the above, we're still at a time there is way-less fragmentation than in the past: these are all versions of the same product. Go back to early 2014, and Microsoft was supporting XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Go back to early 2006, and Microsoft were supporting NT 4.0, 2000, XP and even Me and '98SE! Or as-of late 2001, NT 3.1, NT 4.x, 2000, MS-DOS 6.x, '95, '98, '98SE, Me and XP! Thesedays, it's just three main versions: 10, 8.1 and 7. And 8.1 and 7 will both be fully-dead as of January 2023, so not long to go now.

  2. RobertJasiek

    Windows 7 was "install once - use for 10 years". Windows 10 is "install afresh every 2 years if necessary because Windows Update does not offer the upgrade". So much about "10 being the last Windows version".

  3. winner

    I propose a new acronym. We know about SAAS. How about WAAVSS - "Windows as a Very Slow Service"?

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