Steam says Windows 7 is three times more popular than Windows 10

By: George Finley
2 minute read
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It seems that Windows 10 is still a bit behind Windows 7 regarding market share, even if Microsoft expected something else. On the other hand, it does not come as a surprise the fact that there is one user section who embraced Windows 10 with open arms.

We are referring to gamers who are stuck on Windows 10 from the very beginning of its launch because they run the latest and the coolest hardware which obviously needs to be paired with the same kind of software.

Steam’s monthly usage survey results

We checked out Steam’s monthly usage survey just to see how are things these days regarding Microsoft’s operating systems from the gamers’ perspective. According to the results that Steam obtained, Windows 10 is the top operating system preferred by most gamers until last month. After that what happened came as a surprise because it looks like Windows 7 took over.

Detailed results & statistics for Windows 7 and 10

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Back in October, Steam’s statistics showed Windows 10 shedding a huge 17.38% percentage points, and it was left with only 28.6% percentage share. During the same month, Windows 7 managed to gain 21.47 percentage points, and it had 65.46% percentage share.

In November things are not that different. According to the latest results, Windows 10 managed to lose another 5.05 percentage points reaching 23.94% share. Windows 7, on the other hand, managed to grow its share by 6.21% points and it now has 71.3%.

The cause of this shift lays in the hand of Chinese gamers

It seems that the cause for this shift between operating systems is not revolving around players suddenly preferring Windows 7 over Windows 10. The reason is instead the influence of Windows 7 favoring Chinese gamers. We’ll explain everything.

Simplified Chinese is currently the most popular language that is used on Steam (64.35% users prefer Chinese and 17.02% users prefer English) and its share grew 8.23% points in November. This is how the latest growth spurt of Windows 7 is explained.

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