Windows 11 adoption rate is declining amid stringent system requirements

Windows 11 user adoption appears to have stalled in March 2022, according to a recent survey by AdDuplex, the apps and games promotion network.

Between January and February, the percentage of people using Windows 11 rose significantly, from 16.1 percent to 19.3 percent.

However, data from AdDuplex shows that only about 19.4 percent of Windows users were using the Windows 11 operating system in March, representing a meager 0.1 percent increase from the previous month.

Instead, Windows 10 21H2 had the largest market share gain in March, from 21 percent in February to 28.5 percent in March, a growth of 7.5 percent.

Most of this additional share for Windows 10 21H2 was won at the expense of Windows 10 20H2. That particular version of the operating system saw its market share drop from 17.9 percent in February to 10.8 percent in March.

Lithuania-based AdDuplex has collected data from more than 5,000 apps available in the Windows Store. These applications use AdDuplex’s SDK for their advertising framework, which tells the company which operating system is being used by the user.

If you’re wondering why Windows users aren’t upgrading to Windows 11, there are a number of reasons that could explain their decision.

First and foremost, most PCs don’t have the necessary hardware to run a “supported” version of Windows 11.

Even before Windows 11 was released last year, its strict system requirements, such as the TPM 2.0, were a major turn-off for users.

While Windows 11 can theoretically be installed on any legacy system, you won’t be able to get software or security updates from Microsoft if your machine doesn’t meet the operating system hardware requirements.

Apart from that, it is still seen by many as a buggy operating system, which makes unexpected changes to the Windows user interface.

Microsoft was forced to patch three remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities that affected the operating system, as well as an issue that prevented the system from removing certain files.

In recent months, the PC market has cooled somewhat from the pandemic-induced spikes, and analysts expect demand for new systems to decline.

However, demand would still remain higher than before the pandemic, which would result in a gradual increase in the number of Windows 11 systems.

Many new Windows 11 devices are expected to hit the market in the coming months, making it likely that adoption of Microsoft’s latest operating system will accelerate.

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