Is Windows 7 now installed on the majority of PCs?

Windows 7 was launched in October 2009, but since then Microsoft has had to deal with the fact that that a lot of PCs around the world still use the much older Windows XP OS. Today, StatCounter's website shows that, for the previous month of June 2012, Windows 7 is now finally installed on the majority of PCs worldwide, with 50.2 percent. Windows XP, launched nearly 11 years ago, is now inside 29.91 percent of PCs, according to StatCounter.

However, Net Applications, which Microsoft actually prefers to StatCounter when it comes to generating statistics on web browser use, shows on their website that Windows XP is still on top with 43.61 percent of PCs worldwide in June. Windows 7 is shown to be in second but is closing in on Windows XP with 41.59 percent, according to Net Applications.

Microsoft is concerned that too many PCs are still working with Windows XP, in part because Microsoft will end its official support for the OS in April 2014. The company has issued a number of warnings to businesses in the past year to upgrade as soon as possible, including one in May, and not wait for the official launch of Windows 8 later this year.

Source: StatCounter and Net Applications | Image via StatCounter

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I am still using Windows XP at home.
Why?
I use Windows 7 in the office but it is dreadfully slow and keep slower and slower after more Windows patches are applied.

ray_bk said,
I am still using Windows XP at home.
Why?
I use Windows 7 in the office but it is dreadfully slow and keep slower and slower after more Windows patches are applied.

stop the FUD

Windows has this high with OEM's. If suddenly all of the OEM's ditch Windows with Linux, (with people buying their system) Windows will be less than 10% within a year or so. =D

Chica Ami said,
Windows has this high with OEM's. If suddenly all of the OEM's ditch Windows with Linux, (with people buying their system) Windows will be less than 10% within a year or so. =D

LOL, really i can only LOL on this reply.

simrat said,

LOL, really i can only LOL on this reply.

Ok, take a little known OS, that has no third party support, and a DIY ecosystem, and feed it to the masses. The only thing that will happen there is your bottom line will fall through the floor.

Dot Matrix said,

Ok, take a little known OS, that has no third party support, and a DIY ecosystem, and feed it to the masses. The only thing that will happen there is your bottom line will fall through the floor.

I dont know what you really mean with that, but im laughing on that guy's naive thinking. Even if OEMs start shipping linux instead of windows with their PC's. people will start complaining or pirate Windows to run on their PCs. And majority of people here assemble or buy assembled PCs.

Chica Ami said,
Windows has this high with OEM's. If suddenly all of the OEM's ditch Windows with Linux, (with people buying their system) Windows will be less than 10% within a year or so. =D

just like when the netbook craze hit, the os was some linux distro,and everyone loved it....NOT practically everyone returned their netbooks because it didnt have windows on it.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
XP supports IE7 at minimum, what's your point?

XP actually supports IE8 as well. But I guess the point is, if these people who run XP were running Win 7, they would not be ABLE to run IE6.

XP and Windows-7; two superlative reasons that Windows-8 will not be the smashing success or "game changer" on which MS is seriously banking. The good news is that MS has until 2020 to correct the mistakes and shortcomings that Windows-8 presents for laptops and desktops. [I just upgraded one of my computers from XP to Win-7 32-bit so that I could safely run AutoCAD LT 95 until 2020. Will it run under Windows-8? Not going to take a chance. I have a business to run. Remember...if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

TsarNikky said,
XP and Windows-7; two superlative reasons that Windows-8 will not be the smashing success or "game changer" on which MS is seriously banking. The good news is that MS has until 2020 to correct the mistakes and shortcomings that Windows-8 presents for laptops and desktops. [I just upgraded one of my computers from XP to Win-7 32-bit so that I could safely run AutoCAD LT 95 until 2020. Will it run under Windows-8? Not going to take a chance. I have a business to run. Remember...if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Windows 7 is the best consumer OS ever created and Microsoft is a victim of that success. Well as long as Windows 7 continues to sell huge amounts, it doesn't matter that Windows 8 is slow on the uptake. Either way Microsoft profits.

TsarNikky said,
XP and Windows-7; two superlative reasons that Windows-8 will not be the smashing success or "game changer" on which MS is seriously banking. The good news is that MS has until 2020 to correct the mistakes and shortcomings that Windows-8 presents for laptops and desktops. [I just upgraded one of my computers from XP to Win-7 32-bit so that I could safely run AutoCAD LT 95 until 2020. Will it run under Windows-8? Not going to take a chance. I have a business to run. Remember...if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

good for you, you use old ass software that you dont want to change because it works. great,but for every one like you, there is another that held out on the previous release who will finally take the dip because his older os is now unsupported and is a huge security risk.

and if you think windows 8 will flop with consumers, all you have to do is look at the ipad,because i bet you also thought the ipad was going to be a flop, but apparently the majority of consumers like this stuff. you are not the general consumer that they are targetting. just because windows 8 is not for you doesnt make it automatically a flop. you are not the universe.

And there's a countless number of computers that never get connected or browse the web, thus they don't show on StatCounter.

OmriDee said,
Windows 8 is the new Vista, more years waiting for a new good OS.

Exactly, cause nobody wants all that extra speed if they are forced to learn something new.

Metro Apps will actually help sell Windows 8 more than people realize, and could help it push corporate rollouts that in normal cycles would wait for Windows 9.

Ahahaha, More WinVista users than OSX. These Mac fanboys only seem to dominate the comments section.

Scar said,
Ahahaha, More WinVista users than OSX. These Mac fanboys only seem to dominate the comments section.

Only ever see apple hate... I wonder why MS is saying to companies "don't wait for 8" when there will be easily enough time before xp support ends.

rippleman said,

Only ever see apple hate...

Apple fanboys only see Apple hate when there is none, and ignore the hate they themselves spread.

Scar said,
Ahahaha, More WinVista users than OSX. These Mac fanboys only seem to dominate the comments section.

In 2008 there were more people running Vista than all the Macs Apple had sold in their entire history.

The same also happened with Windows 7 and is still true, there are more active Windows 7 users today than all the Macs Apple has sold since 1984.

If you combine all the Apple sales of Macs from 1984 and all the iPhone sales and all the iPad sales and even through in the iPod touch sales, it is a tiny number compared to just the PCs running WindowsXP,Vista, and 7.

Apple fans don't realize how 'tiny' of the market they really are, especially when the numbers start combining all the PC and devices running Windows and WinCE. Then the number is no longer 1.4 billion, it jumps to close to 4 billion computers and devices.

XP needs to die along with IE6-8. The legacy code is slowing apps down and costing web developers time and money. Look at what dropping XP did to IE 9. Windows 7 is the new XP. It is faster and more stable than any other edition of Windows thus far.

Terracotta said,
XP needs to die along with IE6-8. The legacy code is slowing apps down and costing web developers time and money. Look at what dropping XP did to IE 9. Windows 7 is the new XP. It is faster and more stable than any other edition of Windows thus far.

I'm just hoping that people don't stick with Windows 7 for 10-15 years, because we'll same the same problems we are having with XP. Microsoft needs to make it abundantly clear that 2020 is the cutoff date for 7 and there will be no extensions.

Terracotta said,
XP needs to die along with IE6-8. The legacy code is slowing apps down and costing web developers time and money. Look at what dropping XP did to IE 9. Windows 7 is the new XP. It is faster and more stable than any other edition of Windows thus far.

You'd be shocked at how many corporate intranets still required IE6. They simply can't afford to upgrade to 7 and will milk XP to the bitter end.

Terracotta said,
XP needs to die along with IE6-8. The legacy code is slowing apps down and costing web developers time and money. Look at what dropping XP did to IE 9. Windows 7 is the new XP. It is faster and more stable than any other edition of Windows thus far.
All that needs to be done is hardware manufacturers stop releasing drivers for XP for all their new hardware. At some point, companies will be forced to upgrade, be it hardware failure, the power grid acting up and frying up stuff, or the bane of it all, the cleaning lady

dagamer34 said,

I'm just hoping that people don't stick with Windows 7 for 10-15 years, because we'll same the same problems we are having with XP. Microsoft needs to make it abundantly clear that 2020 is the cutoff date for 7 and there will be no extensions.

I can't see this being a problem at all. We have been very dependent on operating systems due to OS specific applications. Recently, things are moving to the web browser (and/or engines) at a fast pace. By 2020, I would guess the transition (at least in the enterprise world) would be in full swing.

We will wait and see what the circumstances in 2020 are. Who knows where mobile device software & hardware technology is at by this point - i.e. to what extent will these devices have replaced "big box" desktops and/or replaced Windows. Anyway, the point is we may be far more dependent on a specific web browser then a operating system.

mutualcore said,

You'd be shocked at how many corporate intranets still required IE6. They simply can't afford to upgrade to 7 and will milk XP to the bitter end.

There are a lot of corporations/enterprise that took bad advice from green IT people and created a technology business model that was insane.

There are a lot of cobbled up infrastructures out there with horrid level of inconsistency and the lack of knowledge of how to fix and unify their existing technology, let alone create a viable path to newer technologies.

In the early 00s, there were a lot of IT people shoving Linux backroom servers and building Intranet application content that created problems that have just gotten worse as more technology was added by more inexperienced IT people.

Some of things out there are amazingly sad and stupid. When a majority of professional IT people have no basic understanding of even Active Directory this is why you see so many non-centralized setups trying to an adhoc management or ancient scripted based automation off a Linux server.

The whole era of Microsoft sucks and Linux is free is getting to point that people are realizing they jumped the shark, and Microsoft even with all their faults do understand Server technologies and client integration better than anyone out there.

dagamer34 said,
I'm just hoping that people don't stick with Windows 7 for 10-15 years, because we'll same the same problems we are having with XP. Microsoft needs to make it abundantly clear that 2020 is the cutoff date for 7 and there will be no extensions.

Unfortunately, with what we are seeing of Windows 8, I have a feeling that it is exactly what is going to happens.

XP will die, eventually, because the hardware that does not support Windows 7 will start breaking down.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
iOS on a computer? Really? Nice source right there...

What else would you install iOS on, a toaster?

.Neo said,
I wish people would read for a change before adding comments.

Take your own advice....

TRC said,

What else would you install iOS on, a toaster?

The entire article is about PCs yet the author used global OS statistics instead of desktop OS statistics as a source...

.Neo said,
I wish people would read for a change before adding comments.

Exactly, because if you would have looked at the chart, with iOS added and no other SIGNIFICANT non PC OSes, shows something is rather strange.

For example, it is the TOP 5 OSes... However, whether people like it or not, there are MORE Android devices than iOS devices.

There are even more WinCE devices than iOS devices; however, since it is a user based browser statistic, which IS NOT ACCURATE or actual IN USE OSes, this can be excused, but the Android anomaly is glaring.

So they are FILTERING the list, and treating iOS as a desktop computer OS, and it is not.

To treat iOS as a general computing OS, it is migrating the definition. There are custom OSes running on TVs and even DVD players going back to the 1990s that also 'qualify' under the iOS/iPad definition of being a personal computer. They also run custom code and MFR approved software. Which is exactly the main 'limitation' of iOS, as all Apps have to be MFR (Apple) approved.


There are a lot of devices running Linux, WinCE, Windows Embedded that this metric will never measure. Car MFRs using Sync (WinCE Based) will never appear on a chart like this, yet we know there are 10 million of these users.