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EVAN just completed its 2018 customer survey with some surprising results around PC usage. Companies have traditionally replaced PCs every two or three years in anticipation of hardware failures and additional computing power required for new Windows releases. However, we found many customers have lengthened the replacement cycle by up to three years, freeing up funds for other revenue generating efforts.

PCs are now more reliable than ever. Chip and motherboard manufacturing techniques have improved over the past few years, resulting in more reliability. Additionally, PC manufacturers have been pushed by consumers to increase durability. Most PCs will no longer fail if dropped or doused in Diet Coke.

Three ways customers are extending the life of their PC:

  1. Adding RAM
  2. Installing an SSD
  3. Upgrading Windows

Adding RAM

Most PCs can be sped up by adding RAM. EVAN uses Crucial’s memory upgrade tool to determine how much a motherboard can support. Upgrading to the maximum amount will allow new releases of Windows to perform at optimum levels. The good news is that most RAM upgrades are DIY-easy with plenty of YouTube videos showing how.

A word of warning: A few laptop manufacturers will embed memory into the motherboard to streamline the product. This cannot be upgraded.

Installing a Solid State Drive (SSD)

Many PCs are shipped with conventional hard drives that operate at very slow speeds. Replacing this hard drive with a solid state hard drive can significantly speed up any PC, even if RAM cannot be upgraded. EVAN recommends using Crucial’s SSD upgrade tool to determine which SSDs the motherboard can support.

Upgrading to a new SSD provides an opportunity to reload a PC from scratch, often eliminating performance robbing bloatware. While some would consider an SSD upgrade a DIY project, many others use to ensure a seamless upgrade.

Upgrading Windows

Microsoft has done a great job of improving Windows’ stability and performance. In the past, Microsoft has released upgrades that were disasters (remember Vista?) and created hardware problems due to incompatible drivers. Microsoft Windows 10 has changed all of that with robust testing before releases and automatic driver downloads. In fact, Microsoft has delayed major releases to ensure stability—something unheard of in the past.

Turning on Windows Update in the settings is often all that needs to be done to receive an upgrade. In the rare occasion where a reload should occur, Microsoft provides a USB-based tool for a complete refresh.

EVAN stands ready to assist companies as they make PC upgrade or replacement decisions. Contact us today at for a free assessment of your PC fleet. EVAN has no affiliation with any PC hardware company.

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