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A report from Lansweeper indicates that only 2.6 percent of all Windows devices run on Windows 11. The organization claims that 43 percent of the devices do not meet the operating system’s requirements.

Lansweeper develops IT asset management software. The organization monitors users’ Windows endpoints to periodically survey Windows 11 adoption. According to Lansweeper, the most recent survey was based on data from more than 30 million Windows PCs.

Windows 11 has been available for more than a year, but the organization claims the operating system runs on only 2.6 percent of all Windows devices. According to the researchers, 43 percent of devices do not meet the operating system’s minimum hardware requirements.

RAM capacity isn’t the problem. 93 percent had sufficient memory for Windows 11. Processors are the biggest bottleneck, Lansweeper said. 43 percent had insufficient processing power to support the operating system.


The image above shows an overview of the operating systems Lansweeper found. The fact that more than 10 percent of the devices run on Windows Server raises questions. Lansweeper claims its research was based on data from 30 million Windows PCs, but did not clarify why more than 10 percent of these ‘PCs’ are running server operating systems.

To add to the confusion, the organization refers to ‘workstation’ in one of the report’s diagrams. Lansweeper’s definition of PC is unclear. The database used likely contains data on edge devices that are not being employed as PCs. It’s difficult to verify Lansweeper’s figures, as Microsoft rarely shares information about Windows 11 adoption.

Rise in Windows 11 adoption

Ambiguities aside, the report shows an upward trend in Windows 11 adoption. A report published by Lansweeper at the turn of the year indicated that only 0.5 percent of devices ran on Windows 11. The share totalled 1.4 percent by April 2022 and rose to 2.6 percent at the time of the latest report.

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