Windows 10 Adoption Rate

It’s been just over a year since the consumer launch of Windows 10. Microsoft pulled no punches in attempting to accelerate the adoption of this new PC operating system by providing free upgrades for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. The PC Pitstop waterfall chart for Windows operating systems shows that there hasn’t been a operating system since Windows XP with as steep a migration curve as Windows 10.

Below is a chart that shows the percentages of PC that migrated to XP during its first 12 months more than 15 years ago compared to the migration that has happened in the past 12 months with Windows 10


The 12 months following the launch of Windows XP resulted in approximately 40% of PCs using that Windows operating system. Windows 10 achieved an approximate 52% rate during the 12 months following its launch.

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12 thoughts on “Windows 10 Adoption Rate

  1. For those that care about forced updates Linux is still out there and the price tends to be right $0.00 for most additions, and yes there is a learning curve, witch can be addressed with videos at youtube.
    And best of all you can keep windows installed at the same time.

  2. The problem is that Microsoft is in CONSTANT upgrade mode since they want to sell more systems (‘improved’ of course!) and most of us barely use anything from MS except the base system everything runs under – all our packages whether games or utilities are what we relate to. I was still writing DOS programs even 2 yrs ago, and now I’m retired just consider the background Windows framework changing as just a da**ed nuisance ! THAT is what the reality is – MS get out of our way ! By all means fix your problems, but we do not need another variation of ‘cuteness’ to force us to buy something & relearn a base system every other year !!!!!

  3. It seems there is a great deal of polarization in computers as well as politics. I thought this article was short, sweet and to the point. Facts are facts, do we need to get upset over the reporting of them? What I would be interested in is the percentages of PCs running the various windows. My extended family had bad experiences (2) with Windows ME. After MS dropped support, you couldn’t buy anti-virus for ME at any price…

  4. I had Win10 in my computer for one day and went back to Win 7. 10 kicked out a few of my older programs and caused other disturbances. I still think WinXP was the best. It wasn’t arrogant and you could do a lot more scrutiny of your files.

  5. Nick, Lucien & Mark are absolutely correct. Data can be manipulated to show anything you want it to say.

    How about a chart showing how many people inadvertently installed Windows 10, or through no action of their own, turned their PC’s on to discover that Windows 10 had installed itself, or how many systems crashed because of the forced installation of Windows 10, or attempting to revert an unwanted Windows 10 installation back to the previous O/S?

    Here’s one for you, How about making a chart to show how many German people in 1939 didn’t speak out against Adolf Hitler – you could present it as a chart on how many people SUPPORTED him with the same form of data manipulation shown here.

    Your data and chart are severely flawed, the presentation disgusting!

    Karl Edwards
    Dragonstar Total Computing

  6. I have to say that I have been dealing with changes since changes were invented. I fought the change from DOS 8 to Windows 3 and figured it was a dumb fad. Get over it folks. Windows 10 is here to stay and I cannot for the life of me figure out what the hassle is all about. Just get with the program – spend a little time adjusting to the differences and the sun will still rise in the east.
    PS. My x had to call me a stubborn old fart to push me into windows. Not only that but I could see no reason to ever need or want a color monitor. Embrace the changes folks – its more fun. Life is full of them.

  7. I have several friends that woke up one morning surprised to see windows10. I think the adoption numbers are manufactured with the use of a bully type approach or taking advantage of mass user naivety. Unfortunately too many people don’t update regularly, this adds risk to every person on their lists of e-mail etc.

  8. I would say that part of the reason for the high conversion rate to Windows 10 was the free opportunity to ditch windows 8 which was a total flop. I have windows 7 on my desktop and love it and have no intention of getting rid of it. My newer laptop came with windows 8 and I hated it and was happy to trash it. Still like windows 7 more than 10 so I have no plans to switch my desktop.

  9. How much of this is due to user choice? And how much is due to Microsoft corruption, FORCING the “update” on users who are not smart enough to tell Mr. Gates where to put his Windows 10?

    Or have you not noticed that dear ol’ Bill has done everything he can to make sure users CANNOT refuse to
    “update” if they try to keep their OS current with the “security” patches put out by Micro$oft?

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