Most people don’t realize that in 2017 the global PC industry went through what could be classified as its biggest drop in sales in all time. Although this drop can be attributed to a lot of things, the biggest reason is kind of obvious. More and more people are now making mobile phones their primary technological gadget. In fact, estimates show that a total of 10 billion smartphones have been sold today which can be translated to, ‘Almost every person now owns 1 and a half smartphones’.
Although the massive increase in uptake of smartphones has contributed immensely to the global decline in sales of PC’s, another reason why fewer and fewer people are purchasing new computers is that we are keeping our personal computers for longer, way longer. If you go back a decade, the standard rule was that you had to change your PC’s every three years. Well, that rule no longer applies now given that you can backup up all your data to the cloud and restore it after purchasing a new computer.
Buying a new PC whenever a major update is released or after every five years is often financially draining and costly which is why you may want to take steps to ensure that your business workstation or computer stays continually in service for the next 4 to 5 years.
One thing about Windows that’s worth applauding is that over the years, the company has been reducing the requirements needed for running a new version of Windows ever since Windows 7. In fact, the latest Windows 10 actually requires less processor power than Windows 7, which means an old PC that used to run on Windows 7 can run Windows 10 better than they did with Windows 7.
Here are a few things to try before buying a new PC:
Usually, we tell people if the computer is critical for your day to day life or business, think of replacing the PCs after 3 – 4 years. If it is just a home PC and you have everything backed up we say let it ride.