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Five things to keep in mind as Windows XP end of life approaches

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Consider hidden Windows 7 upgrade costs

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Staying on Windows XP can be expensive, but that's not to say upgrades are cheap. Although Microsoft has run promotions to incent companies to upgrade, many IT professionals don't see any competitive advantage in doing so. In 2012, IDC calculated a three-year return on investment for moving from XP to Windows 7, but that didn't take into account hidden costs that can pop up. Unanticipated application compatibility problems can add to your Windows 7 upgrade costs.

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