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Calculating the Cost of XP

We have been advising on the implications of not upgrading any Windows XP machines in your business network for a time, however, we're aware that as far as human behaviours go it is difficult to make changes when things have been working well for a long period of time. XP is, after all, over twelve years old now.

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There is a cost of upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 - that is unavoidable. Newer versions of the Microsoft Operating System will most likely need modern equipment to handle the demands of the newer technologies and some newer features may even be locked out if hardware isn't upgraded at the same time. Leasing PCs is something we are able to advise our clients on should this help overcome large upfront costs.

Tangibility to the Problem

But what about the cost of not upgrading? A calculation that can be harder to asses. Well we've been doing some maths with the help of research from the IDC we can shed more light on the likely cost impact to your business if you choose to continue with XP.

The IDC study found that for five-year-old PCs running Windows XP, user productivity costs per PC per year nearly doubled from £110 in year two to £202 in year five.

“These higher costs were caused by a variety of problems, not all directly attributable to the operating system, but common in older solutions that required IT labour and help desk support activities. User productivity costs were driven up by higher levels of downtime caused by security woes, time wasted waiting for help desk response, and time spent rebooting systems.”

Given the likelihood that PCs running XP are at least five years old, we can make the following calculation:

For a 20 user business all on XP PCs that are 5 years older or more, £4000 a year is written off on (un) productivity costs.

Of course this is based on averages and we cannot accurately forecast an exact cost impact analysis without more specific data on your business, however it does provide you with a yardstick to use when weighing up your decision.

As always, the Mirus IT team are available to assist if you'd like to know more about upgrading to the latest Windows 8.1 Operating System and will be happy to answer your questions on enquiries@mirus-it.com or on 0845 519 5055.