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You told us: Most of you haven't upgraded to Windows 11 yet, but why?

It seems Windows 11 is a much tougher sell than Microsoft probably expected.
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November 8, 2021
Windows 11 beta review
Palash Volvoikar / Android Authority

Microsoft’s Windows 11 has been around for a little over a month now, bringing with it a revised UI, Android app support for Insiders, and new multitasking features. But have you bothered to upgrade?

Well, we posed this question in a recent poll asking readers if they’ve made the jump to Microsoft’s latest OS. The results are now in!

Have you upgraded to Windows 11 yet?

Results

More than 8,300 readers cast their ballot after the poll went live on November 5, and plenty of them have already made the jump. More than a third of readers (36.4%) say they’ve upgraded to Windows 11 within its first month, ditching Windows 10 and sundry.

The remaining four options weren’t separated by much. Around 13% of readers haven’t yet upgraded but are planning to, while 16% don’t intend to upgrade at all. Just over 17% claim that their PC isn’t eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade, while a similar portion of respondents is still weighing up the pros and cons. Looking at the results as a whole, more than 63% of our readers haven’t yet made the jump to Windows 11 for one reason or another.

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If you thought the poll results painted Windows 11 dimly, the comments hammer this sentiment home. Reasons for users not yet upgrading include program compatibility fears, familiarity with Windows 10’s UI, and privacy concerns. More interestingly, some readers admit that they’ve tried Windows 11 but rolled back to its predecessor. Others admit to ditching Microsoft’s platform, opting for a Linux-based OS instead. It seems Windows 11 might be a tougher sell, at least to Windows 10 users, than Microsoft would’ve liked. Peruse some more user comments below.

Your comments

  • Richard Moore: No. I have music recording apps and photo-editing tools with associated hardware that finally works as it should on 10. I have my Taskbar vertical. I finally killed Cortina and One, disabled all the cloud and MS mining of my data, and secured and locked things down. 11 looks like a leaky nightmare.
  • user65: Missing one option: Yes I have, but rolled my system back to Windows 10.
  • Yuer Mavhantothe: I care about my applications and apps, not the OS. If they are happy, I’m happy.
  • Stan: I haven’t upgraded yet and don’t plan to for quite the foreseeable future. I’m of the mindset that brand new, fresh software or OSs never run as smoothly as the claims say. I don’t doubt that Windows 11 will get there eventually, but I’m not looking to mess up my current workflow now by being MS’s free beta tester. In a year or two, I’ll probably try it out. But for now, I’ve got Windows 10 working the way I need it and am not looking to change that.
  • enhancedcrash: I would like to but the issue the AMD processor hobbling and honestly there just doesn’t seem to be a need to. Almost seems like a pointless update.
  • Anbuvdm: I switched to Linux.
  • eszklar: None of my gear CAN run Windows 11. I have one Windows 10 laptop and everything else running Linux and I’m fine with that. Hardware-wise, I’m personally more interested in the M-series SoC Apple Macbook Pro/Mini/iPad Pro.
  • Kelderic: No, because I use multiple monitors and don’t group apps on the taskbar.
  • Shizuma: Nope, the rule with Windows is every other version is bad, and this is that other version, where they make large changes to the interface for touchscreen when Windows is primarily a desktop OS, just like did with Windows 8, and then eventually reverted back, so I’ll wait for Windows 12.

That’s it for this poll. Thanks for your votes and comments. If you have any additional thoughts on Windows 11 or the poll results, be sure to drop them below.