Due to a new “readiness audit” by Lansweeper, some outlets are reporting that Windows XP is more popular than Windows 11. But that’s just not the case. Lansweeper’s audit reveals some interesting (and troubling) insights into Windows 11 adoption, but it doesn’t paint a complete picture of overall Windows usage.
Let’s cut to the chase; Lansweeper is a company that sells IT asset management software. Its audit, which is aimed at system administrators and IT managers, highlights the need for a “fast and cost-effective” tool that can check which PCs on a corporate network are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11. Guess what? Lansweeper makes this tool!
The data presented in Lansweeper’s report is very valuable, but it focuses on companies, which tend to use outdated, discontinued, and poorly secured software. According to the audit, Lansweeper found that only 1.44% of workstations use Windows 11. This is less than Windows 10 (80.34%), Windows 7 (4.70%) and especially Windows XP (1 .71%).
Lansweeper does not explain how it retrieved these numbers, although it claims to have scanned 10 million PCs, 20% of which belong to enterprises. This means that the company’s sample size is relatively small (there are about 2 billion active PCs on Earth) and its data is slightly skewed in favor of enterprises and enterprises, which often use outdated software. to manage ATMs, call centers, point of sale systems, critical infrastructure, etc.
In other words, Lansweeper’s data does not to prove whether Windows XP is more popular than Windows 11. It just highlights the fact that businesses are overly dependent on outdated software, in part because of Windows 11’s stringent hardware requirements, which ensure that “only 44.4% of desktops work” are eligible for the upgrade.
Now, these hardware requirements also impact consumers. As we reported last month, Windows 11 adoption is currently stalled because the average PC user can’t upgrade. But more people use Windows 11 than Windows XP, and it has been that way for some time.
For a more accurate look at the popularity of Windows 11, we should use data from Statcounter. The Statcounter analytics service integrates with over 2 million websites, analyzing over 10 billion page views each month. And according to its latest report, about 8.53% of PCs are running Windows 11, while only 0.45% of PCs are running Windows XP.
I am not saying that this data is perfect. Many PC professionals will never visit the websites used for Statcounter analysis. But this criticism can also apply to Lansweeper’s data – we don’t know how the company conducted its audit.
While the adoption of Windows 11 is quite lackluster, it’s clear that the new operating system is more popular than Windows XP. Statcounter data indicates a massive gap between Windows 11 and Windows XP usage, and it aligns with reports from other services, such as AdDuplex.