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Usage Share for Windows 10 Drops Substantially

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: 04:01PM

Just days ago, it was reported that Microsoft had successfully placed Windows 10 on 53 million machines around the globe. This number included upgrades from older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 and 8, and also included fresh installs. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the usage share for Windows 10 has just drop substantially, according to newly released data from StatCounter. The data shows that the usage share of Windows 10, which was at 6.6 percent last Sunday, dropped to 5.8 percent on Monday and then down to 5.7 percent this last Wednesday. Additionally, StatCounter showcases that the week-over-week increase for Windows 10 fell to under 20 percent, and its absolute increase in user share fell under one percent, with both occurrences marking the first time that each has ever happened.

While it is common to see usage share fluctuate throughout the various days of the week, it is unusual to see such a decrease in usage share for a brand new and heavily marketed operating system, especially one that is being offered for free to certain users for a limited time.

Source: Computerworld

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get_saif on August 23, 2015 09:15

what can be causing this? apart from user change issues and known concerns.

cchalogamer on August 23, 2015 18:11
My guess would be people like a friend of mine that had some system crashing with 10, he just went back to 8.1 shifting market share around.
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Guest_Guest_* on August 24, 2015 01:08
It's probably because of the games. Windows 10 doesn't support older games the way older versions of Windows do. You can't even run Quake. Granted it's an older game, but still very playable. And there's many games based upon Quake engines. Of course there's those who are concerned about privacy who don't understand how privacy on the system works. And there's been a lot of false information about that going about. Some of course would be compatibility issues. And some would be people who don't like the automatic updates which can use up metered limits fast.
ccokeman on August 24, 2015 01:16

You can turn auto updates off though can't you? 

bp9801 on August 24, 2015 01:29

You can turn auto updates off though can't you? 


You can turn off the automatic installation and have it go on just a restart that you can schedule, or defer new upgrades (Windows 10.1 or whatever MS calls it), but otherwise, that's it.

get_saif on August 24, 2015 06:58


You can turn auto updates off though can't you? 


You can turn off the automatic installation and have it go on just a restart that you can schedule, or defer new upgrades (Windows 10.1 or whatever MS calls it), but otherwise, that's it.



We did discuss on the other thread. 

Yes we have no option to switch of the automatic update! But we can trick it by using metered connection and there we be no automatic updates.

Braegnok on August 24, 2015 11:27

You can switch off or change Windows Update settings with Windows Registry Editor,.. if you want to completely disable Windows Update, you can do this by changing the Registry setting,.. if you set AUOptions to "1", Windows 10 will never check for updates. This is, of course, not recommended.


You can also change Windows Automatic Update with Local Group Policy Editor,.. by simply changing the Group Policy settings to Allow local admin to choose setting,.. the settings can be found at Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update.  


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wevsspot on August 24, 2015 14:55

I'm not surprised by the most recent trend.  The first wave of early adopters likely included enthusiasts eager to try the latest and greatest Operating System, and then the others who had it force fed to them via Windows Update and didn't know any better.  That second group falls into the category of "Apple" like users who blindly and almost automatically update whenever Apple pushes out a new version of their OS only to be sorely disappointed that there are bugs or incompatibility issues with their older hardware  :)   JK..... kind of......


As for W10 itself, I've installed the update and then a fresh install over the update (for proper activation purposes) on both my laptop and HTPC.  My laptop is 9 - 10 years old and the HTPC is a socket 775 machine.  So both are pretty antiquated at this point, and frankly W10 is running along fairly well.  The driver store was surprisingly robust considering the various hardware devices on both of those machines.  I haven't had any crashing issues and the installations were fairly painless albeit time consuming.


I'm almost ADHD over privacy issues, so the boxed default settings needed some heavy tweaking.  I'm still having issues with online streaming (Netflix and YouTube) using the Edge browser, IE11 and even the Neflix app available from the MS Store, otherwise everything else is usable.


I'm getting familiar with the layout and location of some commonly used apps, tools and navigation around the new OS, otherwise I don't see myself reverting to Windows 7 or 8.1 on either of those machines.  I don't game on either rig so that won't be part of the final equation / decision.  But as for doing everything I want both of those rigs to do, W10 is capable.


I'll go as far and say that I'm thinking I actually like the new OS  :)


At this point there are plenty of online tutorials and recommendations for dealing with certain aspects of the OS, and they have been invaluable in helping me customize the new OS to my liking.

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