Gartner Research

How Long Should Organizations Keep Their PCs?

Published: 16 March 2006

ID: G00137742

Analyst(s): Mark Margevicius


Planning PC replacement cycles depends on several factors including whether organizations are considering the current installed base vs. projecting the useful life of future purchases. Some desktops can be used for five years.

Table Of Contents
  • Advice Summary
  • Both Longer and Shorter Life Cycles Will Apply
  • Excess Performance Headroom
  • Vista/Office 12 in the Plans?
  • Emerging Markets
  • Other Considerations
  • Notebooks Stay at Three Years
  • Bottom Line

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