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A closer look at your Windows XP investment

Tony Bradley | March 26, 2014
Some users are balking at being "forced" to spend more money to upgrade, but they've already received a remarkable ROI on XP.

Let's consider, instead, the math for a Windows XP PC purchased in 2006 just before Windows Vista launched. In April 2006, you could buy a Gateway 3700+ from Best Buy with an AMD Athlon processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 200GB hard drive for $600. That system is much more likely to still be in use today. Breaking down $600 over the eight years between then and now makes the investment for such a system $75 per year. 

In each case, you have to admit that isn't much. Most people spend 15 to 20 times that annually on coffee.  

Seventy-five dollars per year breaks down to only $6.25 per month, but let's round up. If you just set aside $10 per month, after a few months you'd have enough money set aside to replace your PCs power supply if it dies. In about half a year you'd be able to buy a 1TB or larger hard drive in the event that yours crashes. In less than a year you'd have enough to buy a new 21-inch monitor if you need to.

Had you set aside $10 a month since April of 2006, you'd have about $960 amassed so you could go buy a new PC, or three. You can get an HP Pro 3500 desktop with Windows 7 from Best Buy right now for only $400, or a brand new Lenovo desktop with Windows 8 for around $300.

Windows XP PCs and the Windows XP operating system itself have not been available for purchase for quite a while now. Whenever you bought your PC or upgraded to Windows XP, I think it's fair to say you've gotten your money's worth out of that investment. Now, it's time to invest again in something new.


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