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Windows 10 Gains Ground; 7 Still Most Popular

Monday, December 19th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

A reader wanted to know just how popular Windows is and which version of Windows is the most popular. According to data from NetMarketShare, when it comes to operating systems, Windows is dominant. It is the operating system on almost 91% of desktops and laptops.  It’s followed by Mac OS at just under 7%. All Linux systems combined are just a little over 2%.


The most popular version of Windows is still Windows 7. It’s found on almost 48% of PCs. It’s followed by Windows 10 at just over 23% and that share is growing daily. Windows XP is still hanging in there at 8.44%, despite the fact that it hasn’t been supported for nearly 3 years. Windows 8.1 is just over 8% and Windows 8 is hanging in there around 2%.  Windows Vista is only found on 1% of devices, which is good news since support for the OS ends next April.

Which operating system do you use? Let us know in the comments.

~ Cynthia


25 Responses to “Windows 10 Gains Ground; 7 Still Most Popular”

  1. Ilene Falley says:

    My desktop is a 7. I ordered a new laptop with win 10. I returned it for many reasons- the biggest one was the black rectangle that landed on the screen. I am extremely disappointed with this change.

  2. Norma says:

    Love Windows 10, not a single glitch getting Win 10 free from Win 7. Did both mine and hubby’s. Free was nice, altho I did wait a year to be sure. I also loved Win 7, have vista on Acer but don’t use it anymore. It’s old and heavy, but I didn’t mind the system.

  3. Phil says:

    I loved Windows 7 and thought I’d never change my mind. I did though because of the free offer. Windows 10 installed with no problems and hasn’t given any in use. It’s not so much different from Windows 7. I’m enjoying it very much.

  4. Richard Runge says:

    Still hanging on to my Windows 7. The wife just bought a new computer with Windows 10. She’s having a very hard time understanding the workings of it.

  5. Chris says:

    I use Windows 10. It was automatically installed on my computer, and once that happened, I called Geek Squad to walk me thought the steps of getting it operational because I feared messing something up…..and since I did not want Edge, they showed me how to get back to IE. So far, no problems with 10.

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