Lansweeper’s survey shows that 43% of Microsoft devices still can’t run Windows 11

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October 5 marked one year since Windows 11 hit general availability. Lansweeper, an IT asset management software provider that assists organizations understand, manage and protect their IT devices and network, has come up with a detailed report that has highlighted that 43% of Microsoft devices still can’t run Windows 11 based on 30 million Windows devices scanned at 60,000 enterprises.

Lansweeper further detailed in their report that of those machines, only 2.61% are currently running Windows 11. In comparison, the adoption rates for the new OS at the beginning of the year and six months ago stand at 0.52% and 1.44% respectively indicating a significant growth.  As per their findings, the Windows 11 minimum system requirements greatly affected this growth as a good number of the workstations forming part of the estimated 27 million Windows devices surveyed were not able to conform to them.

92.9% of the devices factored in during the survey passed the RAM test while only 64.6% of those tested for the TPMs met the miminum system requirements.”If this trend continues at its current pace, it will take around four years for devices to meet the minimum requirements for Windows 11,” said Roel Decneut, Chief Strategy Officer at Lansweeper.

Further in the report, it is evident that Windows 11 has moved up in the ranks beating Windows 8, however, Windows 7 is still ahead as far as market share is concerned even after reaching end of support. According to the report, “4.82% of devices are still running Operating Systems that aren’t being fully supported, as well as 0.91% of Servers that are also End-of-Life”.

Lansweeper told OnMSFT that:

We know that those who can’t update to Windows 11 – which is most business devices right now – will continue to use Windows 10. But even if organizations were prepared to upgrade their PCs to meet the requirements of Windows 11, there are broader issues affecting adoption that are out of Microsoft’s control. Global supply chain disruption has created chip and processor shortages, while many are choosing to stick with what hardware they have at the moment due to global financial uncertainty.

Interestingly enough, you might recall that at the beginning of this, Microsoft’s CEO  Satya Nadella reported that there are now 1.4 billion monthly active Windows 10 or Windows 11 devices, while AdDuplex’s report  indicated that the new Microsoft operating system is now running on 23.1% of surveyed PCs. Perhaps these figures might change in the foreseeable future, as Windows 11 reached broad deployment opening up its doors to users with Windows 10 PC that meets minimum requirements.