Less than a month after launch, Windows 10 is now running on 75 million computers.

That’s according to Microsoft VP Yusuf Mehdi, who also shared some other stats from the first month of Windows 10, including the fact that more than 90 thousand unique PC or tablet models have been upgraded to Windows 10 and Cortana has told over half a million jokes to users in the last month.

So anyway, about that 75 million number… is that good?

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At a time when there are more than a billion PCs in the world, this number might seem like a drop in the bucket.

But as Paul Thurrot notes, Windows 7 is one of the most popular versions of Windows to date… it took Microsoft two months to sell 60 million Windows 7 licenses (which is not necessarily indicative of how many computers were actually running the software, since some enterprise customers probably paid for the software but didn’t install it immediately).

Microsoft announced 40 million Windows 8 licenses sold in the first month after that operating system launched… although many of those licenses were sold to PC makers rather than to customers.

This time around, Microsoft is doing something different. Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade, which means most users don’t have to pay a penny for the operating system if they’re upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.

So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that the OS is being adopted more quickly than earlier versions. But there are also probably a few other things at play here.

First, Windows 10 has received pretty positive reviews. Second, it includes features that many people consider to be fixes for “problems” with Windows 8: the new operating system is designed to run on tablets and desktops… but it doesn’t feel as much like two entirely different operating systems grafted together.

Third… a lot of people have gotten used to the idea that every other version of Windows is worth using:

  • Good: Windows XP was hugely popular.
  • Bad: Windows Vista was widely panned.
  • Good: Windows 7 was stable and managed to run on hardware that couldn’t handle Windows Vista well.
  • Bad: Windows 8 and 8.1 was seen by many as an unsuccessful attempt to cram a tablet OS onto notebooks and desktops.
  • Good: Windows 10 combines some of the best things from Windows 7 and 8 and adds new features including Cortana, the Edge web browser, Xbox game streaming, and support for Universal Windows Apps.

You could certainly make a case that Windows Vista and Windows 8 didn’t deserve the lousy reputations they received. But the point is that if people didn’t feel comfortable upgrading to Windows 10, they wouldn’t do it… whether the update is free or not.

It’s also worth noting that the upgrade is actually reversible. When you upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8, Windows 10 will actually keep all of your old files for up to 30 days, allowing you to roll back to an earlier version of Windows.

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11 replies on “Windows 10 is running on 75 million PCs”

  1. I’ve upgraded four machines, the only problems I’ve had is store apps not downloading and installing properly, probably due to so many re-installing their apps.

    But apart from that and some glitches with Mail, the OS itself has been great. Also they sneaked out Office Mobile apps for my machines which are just fantastic.

  2. 75 million beta testers — cool! Will move over to Windows 10 eventually, but I’m in no hurry.

    1. Except for the hangs (and maybe including that), all my issues pertained to using Bitdefender. Had a hard time reaching httpss sites and Microsoft Mail doesn’t work with Comcast addresses (and didn’t work with Gmail addresses originally). It’s like Bitdefender didn’t realize a new version of Windows was coming out!

      1. Antivirus is built into the OS – if you’re wondering why things are slower than normal, it’s because each time you open something it is scanned twice.

        1. By hang I mean a hard crash–one where the system just freezes. Ctrl-Alt-Del doesn’t do anything and hitting the power button doesn’t shut down the system (unless you hold it for 5 seconds to do a hard reboot). I’ve had it happen 3x now, and doing a Google search it’s not uncommon. No issues like that before.

          1. It’s because of the hybrid
            shutdown which doesn’t work for some machines.

            There is an easy

            Solution: Disable
            Hybrid Shutdown Manually

            Follow these steps
            to manually disabled Hybrid Shutdown feature.

            Go to Search, type
            power options and click on Power Options from search results

            On the left side of
            the window click on Choose what the power button does

            If needed, click on
            Change settings that are currently unavailable, under Define power buttons and
            turn on password protection

            From the enabled
            options under Shutdown settings section, uncheck Turn on fast startup
            (recommended) checkbox to disable Hybrid Shutdown.

            Click Save changes
            button to save the modified settings.

            Close Power Options
            window when done.


  3. Windows 10 is getting positive reviews, but it’s the first update in a long time for me that has suffered from crashes, and I’m apparently not alone. Still overall I like it better than 7 and better than 8/8.1.

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