While users with old PCs obviously need newer and faster hardware, the main driver for upgrades in 2011 is to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7-capable PCs.
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"In 2009 only 7% of businesses had adopted Windows 7, or planned to do so over the next 12 months," the Technisource report states, "but this has skyrocketed to 46% in 2010."
But migrating a large installed base of Windows XP machines to Windows 7 is an IT resource drain and a complicated process that includes re-loading user data, applications, drivers, preferences and settings.
"IT managers charged with shepherding a Windows 7 upgrade should develop a disciplined, comprehensive upgrade plan to avoid crippling delays and data losses," the Technisource report states.