That is the Question….
“I don’t need a new computer. Mine works just fine!”
I get this A LOT! Most computers last about 2-3 years depending on the use. If your computers last longer, it is best to upgrade every OTHER operating system. For example, if you are running Windows XP it is probably safe to say it is time for a new computer. Windows Vista has been replaced by Windows 7. (see the every other rule in play here?)
I know that $ can be an issue and some people might tell you “Just upgrade the guts (hard drive, ram, etc). However, I am not one of those people. What most budget savvy onlookers don’t realize is that technology changes so rapidly. There are many, many reasons to upgrade the whole machine rather than the parts.
For example, Lets say you are running XP. This means your machine itself was built between 2001 and 2007 (when vista was released). In the last 4-10 years technology has gained capacity and speed. Your processor is going to be running “hot” (literally and figuratively) if you are trying to access some of todays programs and webpages on a 2001 or 2002 machine. What about the hard drive? Is it on its last breath and ready to just GO any minute? Let’s look at your ram. I know that XP can support 4GB of ram. Most computers these days can support up to 8GB. But, are you running 4GB? Or are you running the more likely 1GB or heaven forbid, 512MB?!
All this to say, If your machine is over 4 years old or if it is running an operating system that is 3 versions back, It’s time to upgrade….. Like, Yesterday.
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PS: Don’t be scared of Windows Vista or 7. They both run beautifully and I actually love Windows 7. It is such a great transition from XP or Vista!