PC price set to rise over this fiscal year

Everyone running Windows XP operating systems have to change their PCs before 8th April 2014.

Support for Windows XP is being withdrawn by Microsoft, meaning no further updates or patches. That means vulnerable systems which means replace them quick.

High and low pricesThe cost of buying replacement machines is going to become more expensive the longer you wait. Just think about this for a second.

Many companies in the UK didn’t upgrade to Windows Vista, let alone Windows 7. Now Windows 8 is out there too.

Why didn’t they upgrade?

Microsoft didn’t give them a good enough reason, until now. The move to much faster 64 bit technology hasn’t made as big a difference as anticipated up to now. This is because of the lack of 64 bit programs. At time of writing many of the major players have now gotten around to producing 64 bit programs some 8 years after 64 bit operating systems for PC (WindowsXP 64bit edition) became available.

Very few bought XP 64 bit. Not many bought Vista either. I found an interesting site MarketShare.com which shows that August 2012 was the point when Windows 7 took over Windows XP in terms of numbers deployed. Whilst Windows 7 is gaining ground many businesses have not yet upgraded from XP (38% + still remaining market share)

Now is the time.

Last year I posted an article to my blog regarding this subject and this is just a timely reminder.


Windows XP will stop receiving patches on 8th April 2014.

This is a world wide issue. Affecting millions of users. Most are now (having read this post – ha!) thinking about replacing before that date. The demand for new PCs will outstrip supply and, in my opinion, this will inevitably drive the price of PCs to 40-50% higher than they are now. Maybe more.

The later you leave it the more expensive it will be. I believe prices will steadily increase until Mid October then we’ll see a hike in time for Christmas (as per usual) but then instead of a small decrease we’ll see another hike leading to end of June 2014. Only then will prices start coming down again.

Simple – demand drives price as always.

Remember this isn’t just affecting PCs in UK but world wide and we may see supply issues after November 2013.

Your options are limited but you should read my earlier post for more details.

About Paul G Howes

I'm the founder of itauthority in the UK. I started this company to help small businesses make better use of the IT they purchase. Many buy tech for the wrong reasons or buy something and then realised they don't have the time to make the most of it. How many unused programs are installed on your system? So I'm all about getting the most from IT. My other interests: I love music above most other things, I'm a pilot, I'm building myself a recording studio, I'm a magician - member of the Ilford Magical Society, as well as a runner & cyclist.
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