StatCounter: Windows XP is the most used OS in eight countries, including China

In China, Windows XP is still the number one OS with a market share of 54.79 percent, according to StatCounter.

In less than seven months, on April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will officially cut off all support, including security patches, for Windows XP, an operating system that is nearly 12 years old. However, there are still a lot of PCs that are running Windows XP around the world, and one research firm, StatCounter, has recorded eight countries and territories where Windows XP is still the number one OS.

StatCounter, which takes its data from millions of web sites around the world based on unique page views, claims that at the moment Windows XP has a market share of 20.58 percent worldwide, placing it firmly in the number two slot compared to Windows 7 at number one. StatCounter claims that OS has 51.96 percent of the worldwide OS market share.

While that's the worldwide share, StatCounter also offers information on how much operating systems are used in each country and territory across the globe. In data posted on its website, it shows the eight countries and territories where Windows XP is still the number one most used OS:

  • China - 54.79%
  • Cook Islands - 72.14%
  • Cuba - 52.93%
  • Eritrea - 58.25%
  • North Korea - 61.47%
  • Morocco - 44.66%
  • Norfolk Island - 70.18%
  • Vietnam - 44.33%

By far, the country with the biggest population that uses Windows XP the most is China, and that's possibly because it is pirated extensively in that part of the world. Indeed, in January 2011, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that nine out of 10 copies of Windows XP were pirated. It's also not a shock to see countries like Cuba and North Korea, which are cut off from much of the world in terms of trade, have high percentages of Windows XP users.

Windows XP desktop screenshot from Neowin member Dot Matrix.

That's not the entire story, however. There are still a lot of countries that have large percentages of Windows XP owners, even if Windows 7 is number one. StatCounter's data provided us with a list of countries and territories that show Windows XP with 30 percent or higher market share but are in the number two OS slot:

  • Albania - 44.64%
  • Algeria - 38.11%
  • Argentina - 30.9%
  • Belarus - 37.39%
  • Benin - 43.37%
  • Bolivia - 32.71%
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - 42.97%
  • Bulgaria - 36.76%
  • Cameroon - 42.65%
  • Cote d'Ivoire - 34.79%
  • Dominican Republic - 46.29%
  • Eygpt - 41.68%
  • Ethiopia - 31.21%
  • Gambia - 30.42%
  • Vatican City - 43%
  • Hungary - 38.75%
  • India - 31.93%
  • Indonesia - 37.07%
  • Iran - 31.54%
  • Macedonia - 35.84%
  • Madagascar - 36.34%
  • Montenegro - 30.59%
  • Pakistan - 42.75%
  • Romania - 35.13%
  • Serbia - 34.48%
  • Taiwan - 31.42%
  • Tajikistan - 31.68%
  • Togo - 41.98%
  • Uzbekistan- 42.59%
  • Venezuela - 30.91%
  • Yemen - 40.41%

Another firm, Net Applications, revealed a few weeks ago that Windows XP had 33.66 percent of the OS market share worldwide in August, according to their own data gathering methods. Neowin contacted the firm to see if they would release specific country data to us. Unfortunately we were told by a company spokesperson, Vince Vizzaccaro, that Net Applications does not allow that kind of information to be given out to the public. Vizzaccaro did confirm to us that Windows XP's market share is still on top in China.

Even if StatCounter and Net Applications' data come up with different specific figures, there's no doubt that Windows XP is still used a lot in many parts of the world and that situation may remain before April 8th, 2014 arrives.

Source: StatCounter | Image via StatCounter

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Red flag linux is widely used in china too, I'd assume they spoof it to say it's windows XP seeing as it's themed down to the bone to look like XP and function like it.

Dot Matrix said,

... Because they're upgrading to Windows 8.1 instead.


Not worth it, the 8.1 start menu is still half assed...

I am not condoning piracy, but taking into consideration you can just as easily pirate Windows 8 and 7, why these regions not done so?

You always take a risk getting caught. China gives lip service to cracking down on piracy but who knows if they're actually doing anything. I think they prefer not to have money spent on a US product.

You don't even have to pirate 7 or 8. They will continue to work without a valid key. Just little annoyances that come up like a watermark, occasional 'register me' popup etc.

Anyone that felt the need to pirate an ILLEGAL copy of 7 or 8 are total boneheads and I won't feel sorry if some day they get hunted down by MPAA or similar.

Cause if you cant afford Windows, you can still use it. There is no reason for piracy what so frigging ever. MS even offers a Win8 ISO for public download.

Why are Android/iOS in this list?

Also, I was under the impression that Android is the dominant mobile OS in China, yet the chart appears to show that iOS is more popular.

Lord Method Man said,
Article says 90%
Of all Windows XP copies. Not only China, however, I think it's likely that it's over 90% in China.

What`s with the Um...? It does just work for the majority of the people that use it. Most don`t really care what OS they are using as long as they can go to websites, view emails, play a few tunes, etc.
You can lock XP down via various methods (SRP) so it`s actually pretty secure. I`m not advising it and wish everyone would upgrade to at least 7 but it aint gonna happen for another few years at least, not until the hardware breaks and a new computer is forced upon people.

Riggers said,
What`s with the Um...? It does just work for the majority of the people that use it. Most don`t really care what OS they are using as long as they can go to websites, view emails, play a few tunes, etc.
You can lock XP down via various methods (SRP) so it`s actually pretty secure. I`m not advising it and wish everyone would upgrade to at least 7 but it aint gonna happen for another few years at least, not until the hardware breaks and a new computer is forced upon people.

You're wasting your breath. There's some people on this forum who are unable to comprehend that for most people, provided the computer switches on and the internet works, or it runs the single application they depend on, the computer is fine.

Chicane-UK said,

You're wasting your breath. There's some people on this forum who are unable to comprehend that for most people, provided the computer switches on and the internet works, or it runs the single application they depend on, the computer is fine.

I don't even...

If you can't see why people should stop using XP, you're part of the problem.

Riggers said,
What`s with the Um...? It does just work for the majority of the people that use it.

It doesn't work cause it doesn't have Metro.

Riggers said,
What`s with the Um...? It does just work for the majority of the people that use it. Most don`t really care what OS they are using as long as they can go to websites, view emails, play a few tunes, etc.
You can lock XP down via various methods (SRP) so it`s actually pretty secure. I`m not advising it and wish everyone would upgrade to at least 7 but it aint gonna happen for another few years at least, not until the hardware breaks and a new computer is forced upon people.

Windows XP doesn't work flawlessly, sorry.

Seketh said,

I don't even...

If you can't see why people should stop using XP, you're part of the problem.

If you don't understand that people in emerging markets don't have the money to upgrade a computer every 5 years then i would say he is not the problem at all.

Seketh said,

I don't even...

If you can't see why people should stop using XP, you're part of the problem.

I would never encourage someone to install Windows XP - let me be quite clear about that. It's way, way past it's serviceable life.

But - for example - you have one PC at home and you're just a light user of an ancient version of Word and you use it to run off invoices or something for a business. It's not even internet connected. Are you trying to tell me that people who run that sort of system should rush to go and blow hundreds of dollars on a new computer, new version of Windows, new version of Office..?

Dot Matrix said,

Windows XP doesn't work flawlessly, sorry.

Windows 7 and Windows 8 don`t work flawlessly, sorry!
Iv`e known internet connected computers running locked down XP for years and they aren`t malware filled or part of botnets, infact they have had zero infections...

Riggers said,

Windows 7 and Windows 8 don`t work flawlessly, sorry!
Iv`e known internet connected computers running locked down XP for years and they aren`t malware filled or part of botnets, infact they have had zero infections...

They sure don't lock up and crash as much as good old XP. System crashes have basically become a thing of the past since we upgraded.

Spicoli said,

They sure don't lock up and crash as much as good old XP. System crashes have basically become a thing of the past since we upgraded.

Don`t get me wrong, i`m not for one minute advocating that anyone should install XP in this day and age, 7+8 don`t crash as much as XP but they are not flawless and do sometimes crash, allthough most of the time it`s 3rd party drivers which cause it.
Just a lot of people can`t afford (and don`t see the need) to spend money on a new OS when what they have and have used for years seems perfectly adequate!
Similar to the old guy who still drives that 1970`s Merc S-Class because it gets him from A to B and starts first time every morning

Spicoli said,

They sure don't lock up and crash as much as good old XP. System crashes have basically become a thing of the past since we upgraded.

Correct. My old XP server ran for a month straight without issue until I would have to reboot it to install updates.

NyaR said,
technological progress

An abacus works flawlessly as well...

Maybe it does, but you can`t go on the internet or use Microsoft Office on an abacus

You completely missed the point, but as stated i`m wasting my breath!

"Cook Islands - 72.14%"

We finally know where the next Kitchen Nightmares season will be. Gordon Ramsey'd better bring his own install discs!