Microsoft’s plan to translate the world into Windows 11 has failed. The system is not needed due to wild requirements for “iron”

Users have almost stopped switching to Windows 11 from previous versions of Microsoft. Its popularity has skyrocketed, while Windows 10 continues to break all records. Experts attributed this to the excessively high requirements of Windows 11 for the hardware content of the PC – not all users can afford a computer or laptop that satisfies them.

The new is not always better than the old

The growth in the number of Windows 11 users has slowed sharply, although only six months have passed since the release of its first stable build. This is evidenced by the statistics of the AdDuplex service. According to the data provided, in March 2022, the number of PCs worldwide operating under this system increased by only 19.4% since its inception.

It should be borne in mind that Windows 11 could be used long before its release on October 5, 2021. Microsoft, which left Russia in March 2022, but then decided without much fuss to return to the country, introduced Windows 11 back in June 2021. At the same time, the corporation allegedly accidentally allowed the leak of the early assembly of the system a week before the official premiere.


The world is not ready to move to Windows 11

For example, in March 2022, the share of Windows 10 version 21H2 users increased by 28.5% since November 2021, when Microsoft released this update. At the same time a month earlier, this figure was 21%.

The reason lies on the surface

Based on the data obtained and the fact that the growth in the number of PCs based on Windows 11 has slowed down, a number of conclusions were drawn. In particular, they believe that the computers of those users who could upgrade to Windows 11 without any problems, have already received a new operating system. Now, analysts say, the further growth of Windows 11’s share of the global PC market will directly depend on the pace of purchases of new laptops and desktops that meet its system requirements.

In other words, AdDuplex experts believe that the reason for the low popularity of Windows 11 among users lies in its increased requirements for “iron”. CNews wrote about this in the summer of 2021, when the system was still under development, but Microsoft not only did not try to curb the “appetites” of its system, but also constantly closed the loopholes found by users to install it on incompatible computers.

In December 2021, the share of Windows 11 in the global market was very small

In fact, Windows 11 is only a slightly improved Windows 10, released in July 2015. For stable operation of Windows 10 will need 2 GB of RAM, 20 GB of free storage and almost any processor released since the beginning of the XXI century.

Windows 11 requires the PC to have at least 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB or more of free space. This immediately cuts off users who have a 64-gigabyte drive on their tablet, computer or laptop, because if the system needs that much space, the hard drive or SSD drive must hold at least 80 GB to leave at least some space for files user. Microsoft’s “disdainfulness” of Windows 11 for disk space is explained as follows: “You may need additional storage space to download updates and certain features.”

In March 2022, the situation has hardly changed

But most of the problems are processor compatibility. Windows 11 runs at least with the eighth-generation Intel Core (Coffee Lake), released in late 2017. Older CPUs are no longer suitable. The same goes for AMD chips – Microsoft’s new system needs at least the 2000 Ryzen series, released at the same time as Coffee Lake. The system also supports a small number of ARM processors, but there are very few devices based on them on the market.

Disappointing result

In the fall of 2021, Microsoft allowed Windows 11 to be installed on incompatible PCs, but instead disabled the ability to receive updates and patches. Later, a “shame mark” appeared in the system, which constantly reminds the user that her computer is old for this system. CNews wrote that you can delete the label, although this will require editing the registry.

Most Russians are not interested in Windows 11

All this is happening against the background of a global shortage of chips and processors, which lasts more than a year, resulting in computers, components and laptops are relatively expensive. Because of this, not all users can allow a PC upgrade. This is especially true of Russians. In March 2022, the ruble broke all previously set records of falling, Russia was under a historically large number of sanctions, and iron producers, the same AMD and Intel, hastily left the country.

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As a result, in March 2022, the share of Windows 11 in Russia was 3.88% against 23.22% in Windows 7, released 13 years ago, and 64.68% in Windows 10 (StatCounter data). Even in the unloved, the vast majority of Windows 8.1 users share the Russian market is 5.13%.

The situation on the world market is a bit different, but still Windows 11 is still very far from the first place. In March 2022, it was on the third line in popularity (8.47%) after Windows 7 (12.11%) and Windows 10 (74.81%).


In 2008-2009, the world also rejected Windows Vista and ran on Windows XP, until Microsoft released the super-successful Windows 7

It remains to add that Microsoft promises to release an update for Windows 10 by October 14, 2025. Thus, users who do not want to upgrade to Windows 11 can postpone it for at least another two and a half years.


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