It goes without saying that the newer a computer, the faster it is, and this is what Microsoft tried to emphasize in a new survey, obviously with the final goal of convincing us to purchase new systems running Windows 10.
The survey found that, on average, home computers are more than three years old and they take 65 percent longer to boot the operating system. Since they’re at least three years old, these systems were most likely launched with Windows 7, so they should still be able to run Windows 10 smoothly, but not without an impact on boot performance.
But despite this, Microsoft says that old machines need overall 23.5 hours each year to boot, which means that you’re losing nearly one day per year starring at the monitor and waiting to see the desktop.
Microsoft says that owners of old computers spend three and a half times longer than users of new PCs to repair system problems, including malware or other errors.
6 percent of the users started crying
And here’s where the fun part begins. According to the survey, 65 percent of those with a computer whose age is between 5 and 10 years admitted to hitting or shouting at the computer due to errors, while some ended up doing even more extreme things. Six percent claimed they started crying or even drinking because of the problems they were experiencing with their PCs.
Last but not least, the Microsoft survey reveals that those who aren’t yet using new PCs are not aware how much they can get by giving up on old hardware, as 42 percent of the respondents claimed it’s not yet possible to control a computer with voice commands – this thing is already possible in Windows 10 thanks to personal assistant Cortana.
Leaving aside Microsoft’s final goal with this survey, the findings are very likely to be accurate, especially when it comes to the frustration that system errors are causing to owners. Of course, it doesn’t mean that if you move to Windows 10 all of these are gone, but the chances of getting a BSOD or a critical error are significantly lower.