Windows 11 Usage Surpasses 19 Percent

Posted on February 28, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10, Windows 11 with 11 Comments

The latest AdDuplex report shows that Windows 11 is now in use on 19.3 percent of all supported PCs running Windows 10 or 11.

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Windows 11 is now in use on 19.3 percent of all Windows 10/11 PCs, up from the 16.1 percent it obtained in January.

Windows 10 version 21H1 is still the most-used supported version of Windows, with 27.5 percent usage, down slightly from 28.6 percent usage last month. But there was a huge change at the number two spot. Now, Windows 10 version 21H2 is the second-most-used Windows version, with 21 percent usage (up from just 12.1 percent a month ago). And usage in Windows 10 version 20H2 has fallen dramatically, from 26.3 percent a month ago to 17.9 percent.

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11 responses to “Windows 11 Usage Surpasses 19 Percent”

  1. rm

    Windows 11 will slow down until they get moving on UI changes, like being able to see each running program in the taskbar with/without title.

    • dougkinzinger

      This. Businesses are not pleased with Win 11; it's fine but not as good as Win 10 was for their users.

      • Donte

        "Businesses are not pleased with Win 11"


        Lol...exactly how did you come to that determination? It is not even 6 months old yet.


        Going by the history of EVERY OTHER version of Windows, business will move to the new OS when they have too. For most that will be in 2024-2025 and the #1 reasons will be because Windows 10 will lose support. This has been the same for all versions. Nothing has changed and no business is moving to the newest version of Windows 5 months after it has come out. Exactly the same for 10, 8, 7, XP...etc...etc.


        I was in two places over the weekend that sells PC's all but one at each place, on display, was running Windows 11. Something like 300+ million Windows PC's will be sold in 2022...99% of them will come with Windows 11.

    • Donte

      Windows 11 will not slow down. It will steadily increase over time....just like all other versions of Windows. Hundreds of millions of Windows 11 PC's will be sold in 2022.


      Consumers get a new version of Windows with the purchase of a new PC. Business waits until it HAS to upgrade. Only Tech people, less than 1%, care about this stuff and come to websites like this and debate this stuff. Some will be pro on the issue, some negative, clinging to the old version, the same version they put down up until 1 second before the new version came out.

  2. red.radar

    I actually saw my first corporate installation of windows 11 last week. I guess the Vista parallels are overblown.


  3. JH_Radio

    My main driver, my desktop with the 5th gen Core I7 is on 21H1.

  4. Detective Polarphant

    I'm confused about this statement: installed on 19.3 percent of all supported PCs.


    Does it mean 19.3 percent of computers that support Windows 11, or that support Windows 10 or 11?


    If it means that support Windows 10 or 11, then why bother saying it anyway, and if it means that support Windows 11, then most of the Windows 10 computers, which don't support Windows 11, wouldn't be included here, and the chart would be misleading.


    I must be over thinking it or missing something obvious?

    • jhoersch

      (This post is based on my posting from last month's AdDuplex article)


      I would take AdDuplex numbers with a shaker of salt - the sample of users is not representative of Windows usage as a whole. For example, I doubt that many enterprises are reflected in their sample base, since they are very unlikely to use store apps at all, let alone store apps with ads from AdDuplex.


      Within the subset of people that do use AdDuplex-supported apps, it is still interesting to see trends over time, but it's quite wrong to extrapolate this to Windows version share as a whole. Certainly it isn't 19.3% of all supported PCs; it's 19.3% of PCs where the user uses store apps that use AdDuplex. The report page says: "This report is based on data collected from around 5,000 Windows Store apps running AdDuplex SDK v.2 (and higher). The raw data analyzed was collected over the day of February 27th, 2022 (UTC time) unless otherwise stated."

      • Detective Polarphant

        Huh, thanks for replying to me - so as far as I can understand, taking these figures with a pinch of salt is the best-case scenario - in reality, they likely mean close to nothing. I didn't have any agenda with my question. I was merely interested in what is factually correct. I guess all I can reasonably assume from this article is that some people have installed Windows 11, which I had already assumed! I'm genuinely appreciative of your response though - at least I now have a better understanding of how to interpret the figures.

  5. Detective Polarphant

    Huh, thanks for replying to me - so as far as I can understand, taking these figures with a pinch of salt is the best-case scenario - in reality, they likely mean close to nothing. I didn't have any agenda with my question. I was merely interested in what is factually correct. I guess all I can reasonably assume from this article is that some people have installed Windows 11, which I had already assumed! I'm genuinely appreciative of your response though - at least I now have a better understanding of how to interpret the figures.

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