Barely anyone has upgraded to Windows 11, survey claims

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It's now been over a month since Microsoft released the latest version of Windows but a new survey suggests less than one percent of PC (opens in new tab) users have upgraded to Windows 11 (opens in new tab).

According to new research from the IT asset management (opens in new tab) firm Lansweeper (opens in new tab), just 0.21 percent of PC users are currently running Windows 11 despite the fact that it is available as a free update for Windows 10 (opens in new tab) users.

The company's recent investigation used data from more than 10m Windows devices running on business and home networks to find that Windows 11 is the fifth most popular Windows operating system. In fact, more PCs are running Windows XP (3.62%) and even Windows 8 (0.95%) than are running Windows 11.

One of the reasons could be due to Microsoft's TPM requirements (opens in new tab) as many systems lack the necessary hardware to run Windows 11.

End of Life operating systems

Lansweeper's report also shows that almost 1 in 10 (9.93%) of the Windows devices it scanned are running End of Life (opens in new tab) operating systems including Windows XP and Windows 7 which Microsoft stopped supporting back in 2014 and 202 respectively.

Chief marketing officer at Lansweeper, Roel Decneut provided further insight on the dangers and security risk of running End of Life operating systems in a press release, saying:

“The situation poses a significant cybersecurity risk as Microsoft no longer provides bug-fixes or security patches for Windows Vista, 2000, XP, and 7. Although the majority of users are on newer operating systems, the billions of active Windows devices worldwide means there could still be millions of people using devices that are insecure and open to attack. Plus, a large number of these outdated systems are predicted to be running on enterprise devices, which means it’s not just personal information that’s on the line.” 

While some individuals and businesses may not be ready to upgrade to Windows 11 just yet, running an older version of Windows that is no longer receiving security updates from Microsoft can put your PC at a much higher risk of falling victim to malware (opens in new tab) and other cyberattacks.

Looking to upgrade your systems for Windows 11? Check out our roundup of the best business computers (opens in new tab) as well as our lists of the best business laptops (opens in new tab)best workstations (opens in new tab) and best mobile workstations (opens in new tab)

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.