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Windows 7 is still installed on 100 million computers, although the ability to upgrade to 10 for free is not closed

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By information portal ZDNet, at the end of 2020, more than 100 million computers in the world are still running Windows 7. Moreover, according to measurements Service StatCounter, in October-November last year there was a slight increase in the share of Windows 7 among all Windows installed on PCs of users in the world.

Current statistics from StatCounter show that as of December 2020, the share of Windows 10 on desktops is almost 76%, and the share of Windows 7 has grown slightly and is now at 18%.


Alternative service NetMarketShare shows about the same results, but according to his statistics, the share of Windows 10 is 73%, against 23% for Windows 7.

The journalist of the ZDNet portal at the beginning of 2020 consulted with experts and approximately counted that users of approximately 200 million PCs worldwide continued to use Windows 7.

A year later, the journalist decided to repeat his calculation, but more accurately. He additionally used data from the state programs digital analytics USA. This system has information about the types of users’ OS for several months. The 12% increase in Windows 10 share and the 10% decrease in Windows 7 share over the past year were roughly in line with NetMarketShare and StatCounter.

Then the journalist tried to estimate the total number of Windows users. Microsoft said it was around 1.5 billion, including laptops and desktops. He estimated that Windows 7 is now installed on at least 100 million older PCs, given the worldwide surge in new PC sales caused by the pandemic.

The ZDNet journalist explained that Microsoft does not disclose how many of its corporate customers now continue to work on Windows 7, but every year they will pay more and more for its support and will still switch to the new OS. He also does not understand the motivation of some home users who still use this OS and are not updated.

It is noteworthy that licensed Windows 7 and 8.1 for ordinary users can still be upgraded to Windows 10 for free. Microsoft did not close this opportunity, although it promised.

Windows 10 turned 5 years old last year. In March 2020, Microsoft announced that there are already a billion desktop computers, laptops, consoles and HoloLens mixed reality glasses under the top ten.

On January 14, 2020, the extended support period for the Windows 7 operating system ended. Computers under its control continued to work, but the manufacturer of the operating system does not guarantee their security. Microsoft will be until January 10, 2023 paid to maintain Windows 7 for members of the Extended Security Updates program (ESU).

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