As of 2009, over one in ten Windows computers are using the operating system.
If the last time you used Windows 7 on a PC that was long gone, you might be surprised to find some use it to this day. Two reports have confirmed that at least 10 percent of Windows users are still stuck in 2009.
What the reports say about using Windows 7
While the two reports use different query users and came up with two different results, they both came to the same conclusion: at least one in ten Windows users is using Windows 7 as their operating system of choice.
First up is a survey by Which? 1,043 computer users were asked which operating system they prefer. The results showed that 13 percent of users said they would continue to use Windows 10.
The Which? It did not specify whether only Windows users were queried or whether people could respond with macOS and Linux-based answers. Whether or not the report considers competing operating systems, it means that at least 13 percent of Windows users were using Windows 7.
The second report is from StatCounter. This report is specifically aimed at Windows users and will exclude macOS and Linux from running.
StatCounter gets its numbers by checking visitors to certain websites and noting which operating system they visited earlier. It's not a perfect measurement. Computers without an internet connection or computers that have never visited the websites that StatCounter never visited are excluded. It's a pretty good estimate of what people are using, however.
Of all Windows operating systems, StatCounter recorded 18.03 percent with Windows 7 in December 2020. Surprisingly, this is far more than users of its predecessor Windows 8.1, which reached 3.95 percent.
Why do people stick to Windows 7?
These statistics are fascinating as they show how determined users are to keep using Windows 7. Not only are users continuing to use the operating system as of 2008, but they are far more numerous than those who have upgraded to Windows 8.1.
Fortunately which one? A survey asked Windows 7 users why they didn't choose to upgrade and the results were recorded as such:
The most common reason Which? The members we surveyed said they didn't want to pay to continue using Windows 7 to upgrade. 30% of those who still use it said so. (…) Another 22% said they were easier to use Windows 7, while 16% said Windows 10 would not work on their device.
It's not sure if the people who didn't want to pay for Windows 10 responded because they couldn't afford it or didn't see the upgrade to 10 worth the asking price. It should be noted, however, that Microsoft has not ended the Windows 10 free upgrade service at the time of writing.
Despite multiple warnings from Microsoft that Windows 7 is no longer safe to use, the biggest fans are still declining to upgrade to this day.
The stoic minority bigger than you think
Which of the two? Survey and StatCounter observations show that more than one in ten Windows users hold on to their weapons and use Windows 7. However, will this number decrease over time or will it be true for years to come?
Of course, one cannot predict exactly how people will use their computers. As early as October 2020, the number of Windows 7 users actually increased slightly.
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