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More than 25% of Steam users running Windows 10

Microsoft's latest OS has already surpassed Windows 8 in popularity among Valve's userbase

After barely over three months, Windows 10 already accounts for well over a quarter of Steam's active users. During October, nearly 28 percent of Steam users were running a version of Windows 10, according to the digital storefront's hardware survey.

As noted by Winbeta, that's up about 3 percent from September, which was already up 8 percent over August. Microsoft began offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users in late July.

Windows 10 is already the second most popular operating system on Steam; Only Windows 7 has a greater share of the user base, with the legacy OS accounting for more than 36 percent in its 64-bit version, and another 8 percent in its standard release.

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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend5 years ago
And I would guess 25% of that 25% just installed W10 to get rid of that annoying "Free W10 Upgrade!"popup. :D
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago
And the other 75% had no choice in the matter. :)

I'm still on Windows 7 and see no reason to "upgrade" whatsoever. I daresay it will happen one day, but I'm not in any rush for it to come around.
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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 5 years ago
One very good reason to upgrade to Windows 10 before next June is that after that you'll have to pay for it, rather than get it for free. Another, specific to gamers (especially those with AMD graphics cards) is the availability of DirectX 12. There are a couple of other new features that I find pretty handy, too, such as virtual desktops.

Beyond that, consider Windows 10 to have the same relation to Windows 8/8.1 as Windows 7 had to Windows Vista. It's got some decent enough improvements over the antepenultimate release without the crashingly boring removal of good stuff that the penultimate release had. You're going to have to upgrade Windows at some point anyway before Windows 7 stops getting security updates, and Windows 10 is currently the most comfortable place to rest (and likely still to be so after the release of Windows 11, if MS's past "screw up every odd release" practice is continued).

I too approached the Windows 10 upgrade with a great deal of caution, but after a month or so of testing on one of my laptops I didn't notice any major issues, so I've even gone so far as to upgrade my (mission critical :-)) gaming machine from 7 to 10, and everything seems to be working just fine.

Do make sure that you don't have any critical applications that don't yet work properly on Windows 10, though. I still keep Windows 7 installed on one of my laptops for a music recording program for which I'm still waiting for an update.

By the way, it's not hard to turn off the notification icon for the upgrade; you do it in the exact same way you hide any other notification icon.
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Andrew Watson Tools Programmer 5 years ago
Besides DirectX 12 (which not very many things use yet), I still haven't found a reason to upgrade to 10.
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Kevin Strange Developer Relations Account Manager, AMD5 years ago
There will be plenty of key AAA DX12 titles by early next year that will drive even more users to upgrade to get more performance out of their current PC hardware (as well as lower the min spec requirements) :-) can't name names, but watch this space..
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