Gartner Research

Optimize Your Cost to Migrate to Windows 10 Using Gartner's Cost Model

Published: 05 October 2016

ID: G00311546

Analyst(s): Stephen Kleynhans , Michael Silver


Our migration cost model shows that the endpoint computing manager for the typical 2,500 user organization may need to budget as much as $445 per seat to move to Windows 10 or could spend nearly $200 less, depending on the migration processes employed.

Table Of Contents


  • The Framework
  • How Costs Vary
    • How Many Applications Does Your Organization Need to Test for Compatibility and Vendor Support With Windows 10?
    • What Devices Are You Planning to Implement With Windows 10 — Only New Ones, or Existing Ones Running Windows 7 or 8 as Well? Will Existing Devices Need Hardware Upgrades or BIOS Changes to Effectively Run Windows 10 With the Features Your Organization Desires?
    • Will Your Organization Upgrade Windows 7 PCs in Place, Preserving Users' Applications and Data, or Will It Wipe, Load and Restore Applications and Data, Which Will Be More Labor-Intensive?
    • How Automated Is Your Organization's Migration Process?
  • Other General Assumptions

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