back to article What are those Windows 10 PCs running? Several flavours from 2019, by the looks of things

AdDuplex's first set of figures for 2020 show that just over two-thirds of Windows 10 PCs are running 2019 software builds. The last report from the ad platform (based on a survey of around 90,000 PCs running apps that sport the company's SDK) in October had 2018 editions of Windows 10 still accounting for a whopping 38.6 per …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So... according to an AD Slinger...

    We are all running pretty uptodate versions of SlurpOS?

    Well, they would say that wouldn't they. After all their income depends on it.

    Perhaps they need to count the 325,000 odd Adverts I've stopped appearing on my devices in the last two years.

    More and more people are just saying "F**k Off to all adverts AND Tracking Cookies.

    I hope that this company goes TITSUP forever ASAP.

  2. Dave 15

    Mine is running an old windows 10

    Well, when I say running, it would be had the shit leonvo build quailty not meant the power socket had fallen off the board rendering it as a door stop.

    Before that however windows 10 kept attempting to update itselfbut kept running out of disk space to do so, but as the disk was cluttered up with what MS consider to be indispensible necessities such as 'groove music' (would love to know what that is, from its name it is nothing I will ever go anywhere near).

    I dont care if some moronic idiot at Microsoft wants to dewax their ears with such shite but please, dont complain my disk is full and prevent me (even in admin mode) from deleting the crap I dont want.

    1. fobobob

      Re: Mine is running an old windows 10

      32GB (eMMC) ought to be enough for anybody.

  3. JohnFen Silver badge

    I recently noticed

    I recently noticed that something has gone wrong with my Win 10 forced update system -- I haven't received any updates in over a year, so I'm contributing to that statistic!

    I like that. I think I'll make sure it never gets fixed.

    1. Snospar

      Re: I recently noticed

      Don't be too quick to celebrate, I was in the same state, until recently, with Windows 10 repeatedly failing to do any full "feature" updates - always failing after a reboot complaining it couldn't find an EFI component that was definitely installed in the path it was searching. However, when I upgraded my graphics card I found that I couldn't install the required drivers from nVidia because my Windows was too old.

      I have ended up doing a fresh install on top of my old windows and losing all my programs and settings as a result. Oh and I'm no longer activated - Thanks Microsoft, what a way to win more custom!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I recently noticed

        "Thanks Microsoft, what a way to win more custom!"

        Sadly though, you'll be straight back for more.

      2. Mike 137 Bronze badge

        Re: I recently noticed

        The reality is that they want to force you onto a subscription license and to do everything online.

        "When you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow."

      3. JohnFen Silver badge

        Re: I recently noticed

        > when I upgraded my graphics card I found that I couldn't install the required drivers from nVidia because my Windows was too old.

        That sucks. That's not a problem I'll encounter, though, as I won't be upgrading any hardware on the machine that runs Win 10.

  4. Donn Bly

    Old Windows 10

    My Surface Pro is running an old, now-unsupported version of Windows 10 because the upgrade says that my VMWare Workstation software (which runs and functions under 10 just fine) is incompatible with 10 and wants me to uninstall it. However, I use that software as a remote KVM over VPN to manage servers in an emergency, and I'm not quite ready to uninstall it, do the upgrade, and hope that the reinstall works.

    1. Snake Silver badge

      Re: Old Windows 10

      You can always make a Win10 restore image and then try your updates. Making a restore image takes a while but it'll allow you to bring back your old system completely if any part of your update attempt fails.

  5. chuckufarley

    What's the worst that can happen?

  6. Aseries

    GO, GO Surface GO

    I have been using a Surface GO for almost a year. I had to replace my worn out 6 year old ASUS T100T with a similar configuration. The T100T came with WIndows 8 and Office. It was my entry into WIndows 10. I used to do a lot of mobile computing, not so much now. I like the Go with its backlit keyboard, 12 hour battery and 400 USD price point. Along with the GO I am running 2 self-built gaming desktops and 2 laptops, all more or less on the latest Windows 10 updates. Just for fun I keep trying to find a system where Windows 10 will not run. I got it to run more or less smoothly, all things considered, on pretty much everything, 2009 Gateway laptop, 2011 HP laptop, 2008 Dell 1.6 Ghz Atom netbook (upgraded all the way to 2GB RAM and 32 GB SSD).

  7. LenG


    I'm running windows 10 pro (1803) and have updates defered for 365 days to allow other people to find the bugs for me. I actually moved up to this level on 10/7/19.

    The Windows Update page declares

    "Your version of Windows has reached end of service. We recommend you update to the most recent version of Windows 10 to get the latest features and security improvements."

    and but also tells me that I recently got the latest Win 10 Update with new features and important security updates. To my surprise I am still getting security updates (last on 28/1/20).

    I'm not sure why it is not upgrading now I am past the 365 day period for the next upgrade unless it is counting from 10/7/19.

    All I can say is that in this case the crap M$ upgrade system seems to be working in my favour as I have no desire to actually upgrade from where I am as long as I get the security fixes!

  8. Lost in Cyberspace


    Not sure why any device is still on 1903 though, when 1903 > 1909 is such a quick and pain-free update. Is there a reason it's not an auto-update?

  9. SecretSonOfHG

    Posting from a Kubuntu install

    Done in 30 minutes after hours struggling to update Windows 10 to 1903. Update starts, then fails for some reason during the boot phase, then boots again rolls back to previous version. This takes a number of very, very irritating hours and has become so irritating that I'm seriously contemplating not installing it again.

    How long consumers can tolerate this degree of reliability? Seems to me that people keep running Windows today not by preference but by some means of lock-in, be it a game, a piece of HW, or some custom software. Windows has become a joke buried inside umpteen different layers of UI and OS compatibility that MS does not even try to understand anymore but instead keeps alive by piling up patches on top of patches.

    MS please, do a fresh start with your OS, something like you've done with... gasp, browsers, break up compatibility and do it right.

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