Windows 10 Finally Becomes Most Popular Desktop OS

Yolanda Curtis
January 3, 2019

The OS it knocked off the top spot isn't Windows 8, but the nine-year-old and still popular Windows 7.

Net Applications' numbers also mean that Microsoft is closer to achieving its goal of getting Windows 10 on a billion devices. The feature allows you to fire up a clean, virtual desktop environment through which you can run and test untrusted software without worrying about its impact on your base installation.

In the middle of previous year, Microsoft said that Windows 10 was running on almost 700 million devices each month. When Windows 10 arrived in 2015, anyone with a genuine license for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 was given the option to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.


According to Net Market Share, however, all that changed in December when Windows 10's worldwide market share jumped 1.08 percent to 39.22 percent, while Windows 7's declined by 1.99 percent to 36.90 percent.

Stat-wranglers from NetMarketShare are the latest to declare that Windows 10 has gently given its much-loved (or less disliked) predecessor a nudge toward oblivion, if only by a few percentage points.

Other market share estimators reckoned the glorious moment happened earlier a year ago - StatCounter reckoned January 2018 saw the world stumble into a Windows 10-powered future, but it took until December for NetMarketShare to agree. Windows 7 64-bit is said to have dropped 3.53 percent, with other OS's adjusting upwards and downwards slightly.


If you have already upgraded to Windows 10 version 1809 and found your admin account to be disabled, you may try to enable the built-in administrator account, login to that account and then try to enable your administrator account.

Three years after Windows 10 was launched to the public, the operating system has finally overtaken Windows 7 in desktop market share.

Linux holds steady at exactly two percent of the market, not including Ubuntu and Chrome OS which are measured separately.


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