More than half of PCs can’t be upgraded to Windows 11 – report

Data released today by IT asset management platform provider Sweeper indicates that upgrades to Windows 11 have nearly tripled in the past three months, but the overall adoption rate remains low.

Le enquête sur plus de 10 millions d’appareils Microsoft par le logiciel de gestion de PC de Lansweeper a montré que 1.44 % exécutent désormais Windows 11, une augmentation par rapport aux 0.52 % de PC qui exécutaient le système d’exploitation in january.

“Overall adoption remains slow, and in nearly six months since the initial release of Windows 11 to the general public, previous Lansweeper research found that 55% of devices analyzed could not be upgraded to Windows 11,” Lansweeper said.

While the majority of Microsoft devices scanned by Lansweeper passed the RAM test (91%), only about half of the TPMs tested met the requirements—19% failed and 28% were not enabled. TPM or not enabled, Lansweeper Monitor showed.

“For virtual desktops, the outlook is less optimistic,” Lansweiber said. “While CPU compatibility is slightly higher at 44.9%, our research shows that only 66.4% have sufficient RAM. For TPM, the news is bleak, with only 0.23% of all virtual desktops enabled TPM 2.0. It’s not entirely a surprise, TPM was never required for Windows and although there is a TPM Pass (vTPM) to supply virtual machines with a TPM module, it is rarely used….Most desktop VMs will need to be modified to get vTPM Before you can upgrade to Windows 11.

TPMs on physical servers pass the test only 1.49% of the time, which means that about 98% will fail to upgrade if Microsoft builds a server operating system with similar requirements for the future. For virtual servers, again, there are almost no TPM-enabled servers “.

Lansweeper’s data contrast sharply with computer monitoring software provider AdDuplex, whose recent data shows an adoption rate of 19.4%. However, AdDuplex research shows that Windows 11 growth stagnated in the past month; It only saw a 0.1% increase in market share compared to other Windows versions.

Alan Mendelevich, CEO of AdDuplex, said the discrepancy in adoption rates likely stems primarily from the fact that Lansweeper data comes from enterprise users’ PCs, while AdDuplex mostly comes from consumer systems.

“I agree that neither is very accurate, I am not a market analyst, but less than 1.5% … seems unreal even if you only buy new Windows 11 PCs that have been sold,” Mendelevich said. Anecdotally, every eligible PC I saw actually had the option to upgrade. So even if less than half of the eligible PCs get the upgrade, it will bring the install base closer to our number.”

Jack Gold, Principal Analyst at J. Gold Associates, said AdDuplex adoption numbers for Windows 11 are too high, and Lansweeper’s claim that 55% of devices can’t run Windows 11 is probably too high, and weak.

“Honestly, I doubt that Windows 11 runs on 19% of all devices in use today, because Windows 10 only works on about 75% of devices in use, depending on how many devices you think,” Gold said. “This means that at 19%, about 25% of Windows 10 devices can be updated to Win11. I find it hard to believe that 25% of all Win10 devices are even compatible with Win11, given that many of the computers in use are three to five years old. years or even older (maybe at least 40%). »

When evaluating data from AdDuplex and Lansweeper, it is important to understand how companies access their own numbers, whether through a web browser interacting with certain websites (a self-selected group of users) or through a volunteer user running the company’s software (again, a select subset Subjectively), Gould said.

“Without knowing exactly how to get their numbers, it is very difficult to assess their accuracy. But I would definitely choose a lower number than a higher number,” he said.

Any device over two years old likely won’t be compatible with (and therefore not upgradeable to) Windows 11. PCs are also less likely to be compatible if they’re older, lower-end hardware, like Gold said.

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In December, data from AdDuplex showed that adoption of Windows 11 had reached nearly 9%; This number, again, contrasts sharply with the figures published by Lansweeper; At the time, the new platform showed an adoption rate of less than 1%.

Microsoft pushed users to upgrade to Windows 11, but the vast majority chose to stay on Windows 10.

Roel Decneut, Director of Strategy at Lansweeper, said that unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 11 is just a tuned version of Windows 10 and the fundamental differences between the two are minimal. “This is probably the biggest reason why companies are against upgrading to a new, almost untested version, rather than sticking with what they know with Windows 10,” Decneut said.

Steve Kleinhans, vice president of research at Gartner, agreed that business customers don’t really get deep into the new operating system. And they shouldn’t do that before 2023.

However, Kleynhans said it’s “a bit early” to draw conclusions about the success of Windows 11. The update was only shown a few months ago,’ he said in a previous interview. [install rate] It’s probably just normal market development during the early stages of any new OS release and not a sign of any real problem.”

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Data from AdDuplex indicates that support for Windows 11 has slowed.

Updated Lansweeper survey results showed that the number of devices running “expired” operating systems (ie platforms no longer supported by Microsoft) fell to 6.6% from 9.75% in January. A large portion of these systems run on Windows XP and Windows 7 — software that Microsoft dropped from support in 2014 and 2020, respectively.

“Although the rate of adoption is slowly increasing, it is clear that Windows 11 upgrades are not going as fast as Microsoft had hoped, especially in a business environment. Many organizations are discouraged from having to purchase new machines that cater to these devices. [hardware] Circumstances, while others are only happy with the current existence of Windows 10, which continues to be supported until 2025,” Decneut said.

Decnuet explained that given the minimal differences between Windows 10 and 11, slow adoption of the latter is likely to continue unless companies have a compelling reason to upgrade.

“For those looking to adopt Windows 11, the first step is to assess which of their existing devices are capable of being upgraded,” he said. “This is why IT asset management is so important to organizations, being able to perform in-depth hardware audits that can tell IT teams the hardware specifications of the hardware so they can assess how many devices can be upgraded and the potential cost of such a move.”

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