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Sales of PCs have continued to drop through 2015, despite (or perhaps because of) Microsoft launching Windows 10. Which prompted us to ponder how long the average computer user actually keeps hold of their computer before upgrading. There’s only one way to find out… Poll!

Mobile Windows Experience

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Will You Be Getting Windows 10 Mobile? Will You Be Getting Windows 10 Mobile? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will You Be Getting Windows 10 Mobile? [MakeUseOf Poll] Windows Phone is dead, soon to be replaced by Windows 10 Mobile. So, we want to know whether Microsoft latest mobile operating system holds any interest for you. Welcome to this week's MakeUseOf Poll. Read More

Out of a total of 768 votes, 44.3% chose Yes, on an Existing Windows Phone, 26.7% chose Yes, on a Brand New Lumia, 14.2% chose No, I’m Happy With Android, 7.6% chose Maybe, I’ll Read the Reviews, 4.2% chose No, I’m Happy With iOS, 0.8% chose What Is Windows 10 Mobile, and 2.3% chose Other.

These results show that the majority of people currently planning to get Windows 10 Mobile Windows 10 Mobile Launch Details, Facebook Tests Reactions... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 Mobile Launch Details, Facebook Tests Reactions... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 Mobile gets dated, Facebook likes Reactions, Jet.com goes free, play the Star Wars: Battlefront beta, Lexus' cardboard electric car, Netflix Settle may save your relationship. Read More are existing Windows Phone users. And as Windows 10 Mobile is a free upgrade for them it’s a no-brainer to switch to Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Still, Microsoft will be pleased to discover that a healthy percentage of those who voted are planning on purchasing brand new Lumia handsets, while others are waiting to be swayed by the reviews. The company needs Windows 10 Mobile to succeed, so positive reviews are essential.

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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Shanaka Munasinghe, Bob Gualtieri, and Yodi Collins. Comment of the Week goes to James Bassett, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Will You Be Getting Windows 10 Mobile? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will You Be Getting Windows 10 Mobile? [MakeUseOf Poll] Windows Phone is dead, soon to be replaced by Windows 10 Mobile. So, we want to know whether Microsoft latest mobile operating system holds any interest for you. Welcome to this week's MakeUseOf Poll. Read More :

I have a Windows Phone but won’t be accepting the update to Windows 10. It seems to destroy many of the things I like most about Windows Phone.

We chose this comment because it represents an unusual point of view, namely someone who was/is a big fan of Windows Phone who doesn’t want to upgrade to Windows 10. This isn’t the feeling amongst most of the Windows Phone fans Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] I want Windows Phone to succeed. The problem is persuading you Apple fanboys and Google droids to give Windows Phone a chance. Read More we polled, but this person is certainly entitled to their opinion. Perhaps they will change their mind if and when they actually try Windows 10 Mobile.

Decrepit Computers

Both Gartner and IDC recently revealed that PC sales have fallen over the summer No One Buys PCs Any More, Get Cortana on the Xbox One... [Tech News Digest] No One Buys PCs Any More, Get Cortana on the Xbox One... [Tech News Digest] The PC loses out to mobile, how to get Cortana on the Xbox One, how to use the Google app, Overcast goes free on iOS, the new PlayStation 4 remote, and smashing 30 iPhones up... Read More , with a drop of between 7.7 percent and 10.8 percent. HP, Lenovo, and Dell have all experienced small declines, while Acer and Asus experienced larger declines. Apple appears to be weathering the storm, being somewhat immune thanks to its legion of fans Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Recent headlines make us wonder: is Apple finally losing its sheen? Are the fanboys disappearing? Read More .

People aren’t buying new PCs in the numbers they once were doing. And the launch of Windows 10 Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know The final version of Windows will be released on July 29th, but a lot of things remain nebulous. We have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions around Windows 10 and its release. Read More doesn’t appear to have helped in the slightest. So, with that in mind, we want to know how old the PC you’re currently using is. It doesn’t matter if you have upgraded certain components; as we’re talking about the core system.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. If you have bought a PC recently, what prompted you to do so? If you are still using an old PC, what is putting you off purchasing a new one? Is Windows 10 a factor?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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  1. Pranav Ganesh
    July 17, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Just got my laptop 6 months ago

  2. dekraker
    March 4, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Build a PC quad core begin 2010. Still works fine. Just took a SSD after a few years and cleaned the PC up a few times. It has 8GB memory, plays 1080p video and plays music fine with an excellent soundcard, 1GB ethernet. what more do you want except for gaming?

  3. Jamie F
    November 15, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I currently have an old Dell Inspiron laptop that's approaching 11years old and is well and truly dying. Paid just short of £900 when I bought it, and everyone said I was crazy spending so much and that I'd never need 1GB RAM nor fill a 120GB HDD. 11 years ago, I never would have needed it, but now it only just meets the minimum spec for most software. I could have spent a lot less, and had to replace it after 3-5 years, but spending more and up-spec'ing has meant it's lasted well up to now so was worth every penny.

    I've just ordered a new (custom desktop) computer, and again I'm apparently "crazy" for spending so much because I'll "never need 32GB RAM, a 120GB SSD and a 2TB HDD". Maybe not now, but in 6+ years when it's still going, I suspect that the £1000 I've paid will soon become money well spent.

  4. Ariel Alejandro Maudet
    October 24, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Its an old desktop, around 6 years old I inherited. I´m running Win 7, only thing i need is putting some more RAM to it. Graphics wise its ok.
    I´ll migrate to Linux (Ubuntu) which runs on my Dell laptop, (Circa 2011). Will be installing Win 7 on a virtual disk.
    Shall be using LIbreOffice -spanish- package for docs, sheets, etc. It works fine on my laptop.
    Lastest purchases are additional USB 3.0 ports, a new 20" Screen and a Bluetooth Keyboard,(I'll have to install Bluetooth). Dont seee the need to uprade too much.
    I agree with Frank Rezack's comments
    Best regards from Buenos Aires, Argentina

  5. Richard Neuschafer
    October 21, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Not gaining that much by getting a new PC as often as we did in the 1980's and 90's. There isn't that much of a performance gain. The operating systems aren't as radically different as they were 25 years ago either except for the botched operating systems Vista and Windows 8. The applications that are new now aren't revolutionary like they were 25 years ago. Would be flushing money down the toilet buying a new PC following Moore's Law since Windows XP came out.

    Windows 10 is a small factor as I would like to see Microsoft get more of the bugs out. But, it's not a big influence.

    • Richard Neuschafer
      October 21, 2015 at 10:16 am

      I forgot to mention that I bought my last PC in February 2013.

      • Richard Neuschafer
        October 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm

        What I bought in February 2013 was a Dell laptop. I just needed a laptop to take on the road.

        My Desktop is a Dell that I bought in June 2002. I put Windows 7 on it in 2010, and it works fine. It runs everything that I need.

  6. Mary Brady
    October 20, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Weird--the poll is showing in Google Chrome, but not in Firefox. Have 2 PCs, one is from 2003, was Windows XP, changed to Lubuntu; other is from 2003, an XP upgraded to Windows 7. Laptop is 2 years old, dual booted with Windows 10 upgrade and Ubuntu.

  7. Hildegerd Haugen
    October 19, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I have one from 2012, rarely in use. I prefer my white macbook from 2009.

  8. Leah C
    October 19, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I bought my current laptop sometime between a year and two ago when my old laptop went kaput. I was sitting on the couch surfing the web when it decided to crash and work no more.

  9. james lapointe
    October 19, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    My desktop is a hodge podge of parts, case 8 years, motherboard 3 years, cpu 2 years, SSD 2 years, memory 3 years. I've purchased nice video monitors and speakers and keyboard and mouse. These things haven't had monumental leaps in technology from one year to the next for the average use. Video card is about 4 years old. It was a great gamer card back in the day and since I don't game much any more, it more than serves my purpose for watching videos, webinars and anything else that I may want to watch. The next time my old box stumbles on a software upgrade, or Microsoft discontinues supporting an operating system that requires an upgrade to run the next system, I will upgrade some compoonents my desktop. But at the same time, when that happens, if even a decent laptop has enough horsepower to run my peripherals and monitors, and, I would just get a newer laptop and use a docking station. I still really prefer to work at a bigger desk with the bigger screen real estate and ease of a desktop keyboard, better sound peripherals available, and room to spread out and relax. There really isn't a compelling reason to upgrade anything at this point. My box is good enough to run everything I need. I haven't had an issue running anything. I don't see a need right now to fix what isn't broken.

  10. Colonel Angus
    October 19, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Just counting desktops and laptops, there are 6 in the house. The oldest is 9 years old and originally had XP, but now has Arch installed on it. There have been a few hardware upgrades over the years. The newest is almost 3 years old and dual boots Windows 8.1 and Mint. In between there is a Windows 7 desktop, a Windows 7 laptop, a Windows 7/OpenSuse laptop and a CentOS/Debian laptop.

  11. Michael Winbush
    October 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    My main computers are at least 4 years old (a desktop PC and laptop system built in 2011). While there's been some improvement in hardware, most of the main parts of the computer are more than enough to meet my current needs. Yeah, I need a faster gpu in my desktop system than my old AMD Radeon HD 6870 and I probably could use a faster cpu as well, but I don't have a budget to constantly buy a new computer all the time.

    I've upgraded all of my PC desktops to Windows 10 (with the laptop running Windows 10 Insider Preview) and I don't need to upgrade them much more to get decent support for most modern games.

  12. Shawn Wayne
    October 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I've had the exact same desktop case that I used to build a gaming pc / everyday workstation back in 2006. I've had this same case for nearly 10 years but I'm on my third motherboard and cpu combination. I've upgraded many of the components over the years. My video card is probably about 6 years old, but the cpu and motherboard that are currently used is from 2011. It is one of the original Intel quad core systems, the generation before the introduction of the first generation of core i7 cpu's. It still works just fine for me and has plenty of power to do everything I need it to. I'm surprised even the video card can handle most games that I throw at it, seeing as that is one of the older components still in use. The newest upgrade was to an SSD which came about 2 years ago.

  13. Rob Hindle
    October 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I bought a new PC (Skylake 64 bit) with Win 10 pre-installed. My 5 year old Dell (Win 7) should be good enough for win 10 but I didn't want the possibility that I'd have problems with the upgrade (especially as it never showed the Win10 upgrade option so I'd have to force it through).

    My policy has been to buy a new PC every second Win version upgrade (not on day one but allowing a few months for community feedback & to allow time for MS to address any significant issues early adopters turn up). That means I skipped Vista and Win 8.
    I probably jumped in a bit too soon with Win 10 but so far I'm happy with it, one app is giving minor annoyances but I'm cooperating with the authors to try to get to the bottom of that.

    I am still shifting apps and data to the new box, when that's complete I'll put Win 10 on the old PC (possibly on a different hard disk so I can revert if it's a disaster) and pass it on to friends or family.

  14. G37Addicted
    October 19, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    2008 Asus Lamborghini running Win10

    2015 Asus running Win8

    2010 Sony Vaio running Win10

    2009 Apple iMac running El Capitan

  15. Curtis Schroeder
    October 19, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I have two PCs that are 6+ years old: a single core legacy gaming rig and a 3x core productivity PC. Both started life as WinXP Pro, although the gaming rig has been a Linux multi-boot from day one. The gaming rig simply carries on as intended. I tested Win10 on the 3x core PC. It worked well enough, but with the privacy issues I think it will get a Linux install now. It's WinXP image was virtualized last winter, so that can live on as a VM post-Linux install.

    Professionally, I regularly use and install cutting edge PCs (quad buffer DDR4, Nvidia M6000, etc). I just don't need one at home currently.

  16. Sadiq Mohamed
    October 19, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Dell OptiPlex GX620 Mini Tower
    Intel Pentium D CPU 2 x 2.80GHz 64bit
    4Gb DDR 533Mhz
    NVidia GeForce 9400GT 1Gb
    3 x 80Gb SATA HDD Internal
    2 x 500Gb SATA HDD External
    Broadcom BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet

    2 x Dell 2007FP 21" flat screens (1600x1200)
    Lenovo SK-8825 (L) keyboard
    Logitech wirelless mouse
    Logitecg 2,1 speakers

    openSuse Linux 13.2 (x86_64)
    Linux kernel 3.16.7-21-desktop
    KDE 4.14.9

    Mozilla Firefox 41.9 & Thunderbird 38.2.0
    LibreOffice 4.4.5.2
    and much more FOSS software

    VBox 5.0.6 with Win XP Pro & Office 2007

    • Sadiq Mohamed
      October 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Forgot to add:

      Shipping Date: 17/10/2006

  17. Jim Gibson
    October 19, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I bought a new Lenovo laptop earlier this year after years of using Dell computers. One of the oldest Dell Latitude D430 laptops which had been sitting gathering dust since the demise of Windows XP was brought back to life quite by accident recently as my wife tends to commandeer the new laptop I was using my mobile phone to read 'Make use of' when I came across an article about old computers and how the can be brought back to life after XP simply by replacing the Windows operating system. As my laptop is more then 10 years old upgrading to a newer Windows system was not an option.
    The other option was to install a Linux operating system such as Mint or Umbuntu which would bring back to life my ageing D430 machine. I had used Linux Mint in the past and knew they are a good alternative to Windows. After some research I settled on Xumbuntu as a possible replacement so using my new PC I searched for Umbuntu website and looked for downloads and selected the operating system that suited me. The process is quite easy you do need other software to convert the operating system to a bootable disc or memory stick.
    The site gives you all the information you will need so read about it before you download anything and be sure which Linux system best suits your machine in my case my laptop was old so Xumbuntu seamed light enough to run on older computers.
    Once the operating system has been downloaded you need to add it to the recommended software to convert the OSI file to a bootable version on a writeable disc or a memory stick remember the file size is fairly large so ensure there is at least 4GB of space to store it.
    The next step is to boot up your older pc but before it gets to the Windows XP logo you will need to hit Esc, F2 or F12 keys to access the Bios menu allowing you to change the boot sequence from the hard drive to the CD Rom or USB drive this is important as you need the computer to reed the disk or memory card before it boots into the Windows set up.
    Ensure after this is done save the settings and prior to close down of your computer if you have saved the operating system on a CD Rom then put this into the drive now and close down your computer. The next step is to insert the memory stick into the USB drive before you start up the pc, the first thing that will be seen is the manufacturers start up screed then the USB will be read and will present you with a dialog box asking you to choose from a list of options, you can just wait as the bootable system will select the correct option required the reason for this is because it is working through the terminal command of your computer the mouse or touch pad will not work so you will need to use the keyboard to confirm your request.
    Leave the pc to load the new software it is possible it may ask you to set up the wifi or passwords for your new operating system this is important as with all Linux based systems the passwords are generally used to download services or applications once set up.
    You can start using your Linux straight away once the desktop appears, it is worth remembering that the operating system has not yet installed itself to your hard drive this is because they want you to try the system out first get used to it and set up things like email and web browser (Linux come pre installed with Firefox but you may prefer Chrome. The complete installation is as easy as the download was looking at your desktop screen you will see an icon asking you to double click to complete your installation this will trigger the process and you will be given the option to completely remove Windows XP or add a partition to you drive to dual boot either Windows or Linux, it's worth mentioning that anything that is currently on your hard drive such as documents, music or pictures will be lost if you select to replace your operating operating system from Windows to Linux. The fact you can recycle your old equipment in this way is brilliant and the system allows you to write documents in a version of Word and save as a Windows document meaning you can send it to anyone who has a Windows system and the document will open as normal. Good luck if you decide to recycle you old machine giving it many more years of use.

  18. Steve J. McWilliam
    October 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    My desktop is now 6.6 years old - it is an Advent QC6003 with 6Gb of RAM. I have a Terabyte external H/D attached to it for extra storage space. It has Windows Vista on when I got it and I upgraded to Widows 7 about a year ago. Have upgraded to Windows 10 as soon as it became available for download. The m/c still runs well - moderately fast and performs all that I need it to do (so far). I can see a need to upgrade in the next couple of years though - I will need more speed and much more storage space.

  19. Ben Stutts
    October 19, 2015 at 10:48 am

    My primary computer evolves. There are some 10 year old parts in it, but most is likely under two years old. When I decide a component isn't doing what I want, or just want a new whatever, I change it. So age is not a thing on it. My last big upgrade was about 3 years ago, and most of the parts were replaced. Some are not even really what people would consider computer parts as I built it into a custom well ventilated drawer that slides out for easy maintenance. The drawer front and bottom are stained wood. the sides are wire mesh, the back is from a 10 year old LanLi aluminum case. The drawer slides were made for a kitchen cabinet. The brackets used to hold the drawer up are custom. I do have an old laptop that I still use occasionally that I think is at least 15 years old. It runs Win98 as the one program I need it for will not work on a newer computer. The laptop I use most often is a newer Thinkpad - several years old and dual booting linux & Win7.

  20. Katharine Wood
    October 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Bought my system from Dell in May of 2013. Up until then, I had been using a Windows XP system that I bought in 2006, so I managed to skip right over Windows 7, to Windows 8. I never found it to be as bad as everyone said though. There was actually really nothing wrong with my old XP system, it was just old and outdated, had 1GB of memory (upgraded; it came with 512 MB) and a 500 GB hard drive and a single core processor. I upgraded because of that and because I knew support for XP would run out soon. Now I have an Intel Core i7 3770 3.40 GHz, 16 GB of RAM, 2TB hard drive. I'm hoping this system will last at least until 2018. I don't see the sense in buying a new PC more often than once every five years or so.

  21. Emil Baticulon
    October 19, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I am using an old Fujitsu Lifebook A6010 released on November 2006.It was given to me by my uncle few years ago and I am still using it. I want to upgrade to a newer low to mid range laptop or desktop but due to financial issues I can't do so. I installed peppermint os from your guide to maximize the use of my laptop.

    Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 (1.66GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 667MHz)
    Windows XP Media Center
    15.4" Crystal View WXGA display
    2GB RAM (1GB x 2)
    120GB P-ATA 4200RPM hard drive
    Dual Layer Multi-Format DVD Writer
    Integrated Fingerprint reader
    3 USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), Memory card slot (4-in-1)
    PCMCIA card slot and ExpresCard slot
    Spill Resistant keyboard
    Remote control for XP Media Center
    Dimensions: 14.17" x 10.43" x 1.48" (width x depth x thickness)
    Approx. 6.05 lbs with 4-cell battery
    Wireless: Intel 3945 802.11 a/b/g card, BlueTooth built-in

    P.S.
    Great site, huge fan

  22. A41202813GMAIL ..
    October 19, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Since Most Drivers For My Motherboard Are From 2009, I ASSume My Machine Is 6 Years Old.

    XPOCALYPSE FOREVER !

  23. likefun butnot
    October 19, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Rather than list the insane pile of crap I have sitting around, I'll just say that if something is out there, I probably have one. The oldest computer I use with any regularity is my personal laptop, a Thinkpad T420. I do actually have uses for both additional CPU cores and massive amounts of storage so the desktop and rackmount systems in my home are considerably newer.

  24. Andrew Kelley
    October 18, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I went with the oldest one that I still use, although it is not my daily go-to for everything, it is the one I do all my writing on and my invoicing. It is an old Dell GX520 still running 24-7 Ubuntu Mate15.04 in the shop.

  25. Matt Miller
    October 18, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I upgraded my current computer in August from an A10-6800K to an FX-8320, the motherboard from an ASRock FM2A88X-ITX to an ASUS M5A99FX, the RAM from 16GB to 24 GB, and the storage from 1TB to 4TB. My intention was to bring it to a state where I would not have to upgrade for some time, as my usage pattern is not such that it would saturate my resources for a long time. I don't see upgrading my PC until sometime in the 2020s, barring hardware failure, of course (which is always a possibility).

  26. Fernando H (fernandohg)
    October 18, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    My current pc is from 2008 - dual core e8400, 4gb ddr3, x48t-dq6, r7 265 (new). Since then i've been gaming on this machine without problems. As the years went started to play 40 fps and now pretty much all games run at 30 fps with the cpu at 99% at most times (witcher 3).
    I didnt upgrade because back then i had money but now, i have only to pay the rent of the apartment so no upgrade this year.

  27. Alex “KingOGreen2.0” Downs
    October 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I built my PC back in 2013, but a lot of the parts have since been upgraded. Still most of the parts are still there.

  28. Rick Shortt
    October 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    If we're talking strictly PCs and not computers in a more general sense, I bought my last Windows tower in 2011, and have dual booted it with Linux for about the latter half that time. But I have rarely booted Windows in the last two years and rarely even booted Linux in the last year. Virtually all my needs are now served by Chrome OS, Android, and a Raspberry Pi with OpenELEC/kodi running on it. At present I have no intention of ever buying another tower or Windows machine, but I might eventually be tempted by some of the small form factor boxes on the market now such as NUC if I ever want a new Linux box.

  29. John Everett
    October 18, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I just got a Cybertron computer from Amazon, would love to buy locally but all the box stores just have mainly Dell and HP. Everyone is pushing those tablet hybrids but if they had PC boxes that weren't ugly and noisy they might sell better.

  30. David Faulkner
    October 18, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I bought my current desktop in March 2012. My employer gives me a computer grant every four years, although it is only enough for a very basic model, and so I have to find further money, because i edit photos with Photoshop, Lightroom, and the like. So hopefully next Spring I'll get a new one. I've upgraded the SSD, HDD, and video card on the current one, but the CPU is starting to become a bottleneck.

  31. Sharon P
    October 18, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I'm using a decrepit computer because I can't afford a new one.I would love to get a new PC .

    • Antonio Gil
      October 18, 2015 at 11:31 pm

      Yep, the same here...

      Lack of a decent budget is the main reason to use an old computer. Also, besides the 5 years old laptop, I have a +10 years old desktop machine currently in use.

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