Windows 7 Saves 43 Hours, or $1,400 Per PC

We know from personal experience that Windows 7 is a faster, smoother, smarter and more capable operating system than it predecessors. But now businesses are finding that there may be a worthwhile investment in stepping up to a more modern operating system.

Microsoft blogged about findings published in an IDC whitepaper (sponsored by Microsoft, mind you) that showed that for businesses that use Windows 7, each user saves an average of about 43 hours, or $1,400 total benefit per PC, annually.

Furthermore, researchers at IDC found the payback to companies started just after seven months and a return on investment of 375 percent.

While such lovely and optimistic numbers were well accepted by Microsoft, the main savings thanks to Windows 7 are due to features that we've experienced as well in our enthusiast purposes. Such features include faster reboots, shorter start-up times and other under-the-hood performance upgrades. IT managers also cited fewer software failures as another time and money-saving feature.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • insider3
    I've been trying to convince my company to upgrade to windows7 for the longest. Still on XP on computers that can handle windows7. I can't count how many times I had to do reinstalls or use ASR because of glitches etc.
  • dacman61
    I've avoided Vista like the plague, but Windows 7 runs fantastically for me... I currently run it in a VirtualBox session on top of latest version of Kubuntu.
  • nahdogg
    Maybe it's my machine but my 4 month old lappy with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit needs to be rebooted constantly...I'm not sure if it's conflicts with apps or what but going from XP 32 bit to Win7 I'm not impressed thus far...tons of IE hangs, action center hangs, lots of end tasking.
  • willgart
    I have started with the Beta version at the office and never get any issue from the day 0. And 7 save a lot of time for me for searching document / application, I never use the shortcuts (except the pinned applications) or the big program list under the "start" menu.
    Now I'm on an XP station, and I see the difference in my daily job, its slower, longer to find applications & documents.
    7 is definitely a winner OS.
  • daggs
    sorry, I don't buy it, bring me a non sponsored ms findings and I might believe it.
  • ern88
    Loved windows 7 since it was released. Too bad my Vista Ultimate was such a let down.
  • bin1127
    I'd like to know what kind of avg productivity / worker they are using. Say my employees just twitter and updates their facebook all day then a pen and paper can save me the cost of the computer itself.
  • Jerky_san
    I convinced my company to let me build the machines and put windows 7 on it.. We've had a few problems like to old of a print server but other then that the users seem to love it.. The learning curve is a little bit more but after they get used to it they love it.. So we have started putting out 5 new boxes a month with it.
  • unknown_13
    Windows 7 is absolutely the best OS imo. Faster, lighter, and more stable than both XP and Vista. But, i know so many people, who have good PC's, that don't want to upgrade to Win 7. C'mon, XP is out from 2001, 9 years old OS, and Vista isn't that stable OS. Upgrade already, it's 2010!!!
  • jomofro39
    Whilst I am skeptical of the numbers, I definitely have to admit the faster boot times/smoother operation is noticable, since I switch back and forth a lot, and maybe $1,400 is pushing it, but some savings due to time is feasible.