Despite the fact that Microsoft released the most recent version of Windows over a month ago, only less than one percent of PC users have upgraded to Windows 11, according to a new poll from IT asset management firm Lansweeper.
According to the company’s data, 0.21 percent of PC users are currently using Windows 11 despite it being available as a free upgrade for Windows 10 customers.
According to a recent study, Windows 11 is the fifth most popular Microsoft Windows operating system, having been discovered on more than 10 million PCs running in business and home networks.
In fact, more computers are using Windows XP (3.62 percent) and even Windows 8 (0.95%). One potential cause might be that many systems don’t have the required hardware to run Windows 11.
OS at the end of its life
Lansweeper found that approximately 9.93 percent of the Windows computers it examined are running End-of-Life operating systems, including Windows XP and Windows 7, which were discontinued by Microsoft in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
In a press release, Roel Decneut, senior marketing manager at Lansweeper, offered further information on the threats and security risks of running End of Life operating systems: “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 Plus, a large number of these outdated systems are predicted to be running on enterprise devices, which means it’s not just personal information that’s on the line.”
Some individuals and organizations may not be ready to upgrade to Windows 11 yet, but running an outdated version of Windows that is no longer being patched by Microsoft puts their PC at a considerably greater risk of being infected with malware and other cyberattacks.
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