It will soon be a month since the launch of Windows 11, an operating system that is set to become the successor to Windows 10 and which, as our regular readers will recall, has not been without controversy, due to the bugs with which it came to market, and the performance problems it encountered with AMD’s Ryzen processors.
We are at a good time to make a first assessment of the adoption rate that Windows 11 is having, and thanks to the data provided by AdDuplex we have a very interesting estimate. As we can see in the attached graph, Windows 11 is installed on 5.1% of PCs, a percentage that has been extracted from a survey carried out on a total of 60,000 PCs.
Obviously not an absolute value, but allows us to have a basic idea of the rate of adoption that is having said operating system, and frankly I am not surprised that it is being relatively slow since, in the end, the minimum requirements have been a major stumbling block for many users. Yes, I know that Microsoft confirmed that we could install Windows 11 even if we did not meet all its requirements, but it also hinted that we could have stability and performance problems, and that the support at the update level was not guaranteed.
Putting all of the above together, it is easy to understand why many users prefer to wait and continue using Windows 10. In the end, this operating system is more mature and works perfectly on computers that do not meet the requirements of the new Microsoft operating system. You want to know more? Well, I encourage you to review the special we recently published with Five reasons not to upgrade to Windows 11.
Windows 11 touches 4.8% without counting the Insider channel
If we do not take into account that 0.3% of users within the Insider channel, your usage quota is further reduced, and reinforces that idea that we have given you at the beginning, that the adoption rate of said operating system. So that you can better contextualize this data, I remind you that Windows 10 reached 10% adoption rate in less than a month after its launch.
The difference is quite large, although to be fair we must bear in mind that, at that time, Windows 10 was accompanied by the controversial campaign “Get Windows 10 free”. Our veteran readers will well remember the problems this caused, mainly due to those free “forced” updates that occurred during the first post-launch stage of Windows 10.
Windows 11 is also an operating system that we can get free, and not only if we have a Windows 10 license, Windows 7 and Windows 8 licenses are also valid, although to use the latter we have to do a clean installation, with all that this entails in terms of backups and others.
If you are thinking of updating to Windows 11 but have doubts, I recommend that you wait a little longer for Microsoft to finish polishing it. If you can’t, or don’t want to, wait, you have the possibility to update for free from Windows 10 and try it for a few days. If you are not convinced, you can return to Windows 10 automatically thanks to the integrated tool, and you will not lose any data. Remember, yes, you will have a maximum period of ten days to do so.
To accelerate the adoption of Windows 11, and to make it easier for Windows 10 users, Microsoft has released a new version of the PC Health Check application, which checks whether or not the computer meets the minimum requirements for that operating system. This application has generated a certain controversy, since it is said that its installation is being carried out in a forced way.