Windows 11 is Already on 5 Percent of PCs

Posted on October 28, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10, Windows 11 with 10 Comments

Just three weeks after its initial public launch, Windows 11 is already on almost 5 percent of PCs out in the world, according to AdDuplex.

And by almost 5 percent, I mean 4.8 percent. That’s about 72 million PCs, assuming you believe that there are 1.5 billion PCs running Windows.

And that’s about the entire report, though AdDuplex adds that Over 90 percent of Windows 10/11 PCs are now on 2020-2021 versions of Windows as well. Interesting.

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10 responses to “Windows 11 is Already on 5 Percent of PCs”

  1. darkgrayknight

    I think you meant over 90%.

  2. eric_rasmussen

    I didn't think I would like Windows 11 but it's turned out to be pretty great. My son likes it a lot too; he said it feels more modern to him than Windows 10 did. I know there's more to it than just the UI updates, but it's amazing how much just a refresh makes the OS feel completely different. In a good way.


    My only gripe was that 7-zip now requires going into the "more options" menu to do common tasks like "extract here", "add to zip", etc. However, someone made a version of 7-zip that integrates into the new shell nicely. It's called NanaZip, it's the same 7-zip code but wrapped with the headers needed to make it a modern app that integrates into the new explorer. It's awesome, it's saved me a lot of clicking when working with archives.

  3. IanYates82

    I do wonder about AdDuplex a bit these days.

    Who's writing these apps for the store that embed ads, and more importantly for the stats, who's running this small subset of apps?


    Is there some selection bias here where people early-adopting Windows 11 might be more likely to use such apps?

    • miamimauler

      @Ian Yates82


      Yep, spot on.


      AdDuplex is utter garbage given their methods of amassing the data for the reasons you mentioned.


      I accept it is worthy of an article however several other tech sites have posted why the AdDuplex data is highly questionable at the end of their articles for balance and it's disappointing that this site has chosen not to do that.


      W11 may indeed have a 5% market share but we need to wait for more reliable sources to confirm that.

      • hrlngrv

        Thinking like a statistician, gotta wonder how big AdDuplex's samples are, and whether they've been shrinking since 2017.

        • Greg Green

          Proper statistics are expensive. I’m disappointed how in the last 50 years as the US population has increased 40 or 50% the sample sizes for major polling firms has actually declined.

  4. jwadle

    There's a lot to like about Windows 11, but in my case it meant an unplanned rebulid of my home brew PC to upgrade to a gen 11 CPU. One thing I don't like (so far) is the difficulty of making adjustments to icon size/spacing and the lack of a way to change what appears in the context (right click) menu vs. what is in the "Show more options" sub menu. The tools I've found so far tend to be registry edits. MS need to add a simple and comprehensive tool to manage these kinds of settings.

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  6. hrlngrv

    This would seem to indicate that there are a lot of Windows users who don't depend on traditional taskbar functionality beyond launching applications via icons pinned to the taskbar. Drag and drop onto those icons, taskbar context menu, move entire taskbar to left/top/right of screens, use multiple rows of pinned/running icons in the taskbar -- none of those would seem to be of considerable importance to these users.

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