Keep A Slow Computer? Yes, But Why?
Paul Watson, PC Technician Friday, December 30th 2011
How Old Is Old?
For businesses, three years is getting a little long in the tooth for desktop computers, but a three-year old computer is still quite serviceable. Such a computer can generally run the latest version of the operating system and can manage most, if not all, peripheral devices. The form factor should be relatively small, so it doesn’t take up much room on the floor or on the desktop.
If a three-year-old computer is running slowly, try the usual maintenance tricks like freeing space on the hard drive, defragmenting the hard disk and performing some clean-up maintenance tasks. Don’t forget to use a registry cleaner like SpeedUpMyPC. SpeedUpMyPC not only cleans the registry, but also optimizes the computer for the kind of work you do. It makes a real performance difference!
For businesses with a four-year-old computer, replacement is a gray area. If the computer has been updated to the latest operating system and is performing well, there’s no reason to get rid of the computer based solely on its age. Many businesses choose to take their oldest machines out of the line of heavy fire and relegate them to softer duties at this point. That’s always a good option. Again, if the PC is performing slowly, give SpeedUpMyPC a shot at cleaning out the registry and optimizing the computer’s performance. If the computer isn’t running the latest operating system and there’s no real likelihood that you’ll upgrade the OS, it may make sense to upgrade the OS simply by replacing the computer.
For businesses with five year old computers, you’re more likely to benefit by replacing the computer with newer models. This is a great opportunity to preserve the performance of a new computer, by the way. Load SpeedUpMyPC onto a new computer and keep your computer is new operating condition, even as you use the computer.
For personal computers, I dispense the advice I always give: if the computer does what you need it to do and you’re not inclined to replace it, don’t. Use SpeedUpMyPC to keep your older computer running in tip-top shape and perform regular maintenance tasks as needed. Replace your computer when you want to upgrade, rather than by looking to the calendar for guidance.
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