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Michael
30 May 2019

What I've done to add life to older computers is to add a SSD, install Windows 10 on it and make it my C: drive. It will run all of the programs as well as the operating system. My data files I keep on the old drive, designated as E:. The computer will run much faster and it preserves the life of the older drive as well. Works like a charm.

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Michael
30 May 2019

What I've done to add life to older computers is to add a SSD, install Windows 10 on it and make it my C: drive. It will run all of the programs as well as the operating system. My data files I keep on the old drive, designated as E:. The computer will run much faster and it preserves the life of the older drive as well. Works like a charm.

Posted by:

David Quinn
30 May 2019

Another good article thank you Bob.

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JP
30 May 2019

As long as it still does what you want it to do, it's not obsolete. If you upgrade from an older OS, it's possible that your old software will not work on the new OS, so you'll also wind up buying new software in addition to the new hardware.

I'm still using Windows 7. When this computer and my laptop no longer work, I probably won't upgrade to Windows 10, but one of the Linux distros. If I have to learn something new and get new software, why not?

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Kenneth H
30 May 2019

I'm not sure how old mine is....10 years? I bought a medium end gaming computer and have upgraded a few things in past years (1 TB SSD drive and media writer, I think the graphics card). Win 10, Gygabyte GA-880A-UD3H motherboard (USB 3.0, SATA 3.0), 3.2 GHz AMD PhenomII X6 9010T motherboard, 16 GB SDRAM. I have a 1TB SSD C drive, blue Ray writer (though I haven't used it in years), I can't remember the Graphics driver (name brand, much better than what was built in on the motherboard), but it all works fine for what I do.
The only thing that might make me consider a new computer would be universal high speed broadband that actually extended to our place in the sticks.

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SharonH
30 May 2019

I've found that six years seem to be a cutoff point. Mine has already passed that, and I'm sure I can make some upgrades to it but from experience it looks like I better start saving for a new one.

My monitor is 24" and I love it. Would like to upgrade to 27" but finances are pretty tight right now.

Posted by:

Hillel Rabbi & Mrs. Aufrichtig
30 May 2019

I'm reading this on someone's old Vista laptop that I rescued from the refuse and put Manjaro linux on it. The problem is that it's 32 bit and Manjaro no longer supports 32 bit. I would switch to one of the few remaining current 32 bit Linux distros, but the free Dropbox plan won't let me add devices.

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Robert Wright
30 May 2019

You mention 4GB RAM and your system runs smoothly. You suggest increasing to 8GB if you have multiple windows open. What you didn't mention is 32bit Win 10 is not able to address / use all of 4GB. More RAM, 8 or 16GB is only beneficial if you are running 64bit Win 10

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MartinW
30 May 2019

I have four working laptops (plus one more and a couple desktops awaiting "repairs"). The four range in age from two to fifteen years old. They have 15" to 17" monitors. Three have 4 GB RAM and one came with 0.5. (Yes, 0.5! I upgraded it just the very tiniest, tiniest bit.) All work well and do everything I want them to. The oldest one is at least good for checking an occasional email, playing solitaire, reading an ebook, and ordering pizza. Why switch?

Posted by:

BobD
30 May 2019

I'm with JP (earlier today).
Some of my machine is seven years old. The main hard disk is a Hitachi and the CPU is an Intel Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 2 Cores, 4 Logical Processors. The motherboard is a 4-year-old ASUS (Windows 10 bricked the original Foxconn).
Yup, Windows 7 64-bit. Works just fine, thinks faster than I can, though my 1 megabit internet wire sometimes struggles streaming poorly compacted videos -- what's the point of pouring an 8 megapixel (or whatever) High Definition video onto a 24" LCD monitor with 2.3 MP? And if/when Windows 7 fizzles, I'll go to Linux, probably Mint because some people like it, and I am not going to waste time researching computer operating systems. Remember: the life purpose of a computer is not to run an operating system; it is to display cat videos and political rants.

Posted by:

george austin
30 May 2019

Please tell all of us how to permanently delete
windows based script host . It destroys my speed by 90%

Posted by:

Paul Schmidt
30 May 2019

Old doesn't necessarily mean obsolete or no good.
From XP days, I now have four W10 self-built desktop machines, now running version 1903, with 12-15 year old motherboards. They all have quad-core cpu's, were able to do 64bit OS's, and 8g of ram.
The three big changes I made to making this happy are SSD's, dedicated graphics cards, and BIOS upgrades. One is never sorry when You buy quality.

I cheer Microsoft in that I was able to carry on with hardware this old. They are still fast.

Posted by:

RandiO
30 May 2019

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz gotta be flippin' in his grave. NIST and SI be damned!

EDITOR'S NOTE: I just checked with NIST (https://csrc.nist.gov/glossary/term/Gigahertz) and verified that the correct abbreviation for gigahertz is GHz. What is your concern?

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Bob
31 May 2019

You say if you have fewer than 8GB of RAM or a monitor smaller than 14in you need a new computer...but of course you could just buy more RAM and/or a bigger monitor. Otherwise you are just putting ammunition in the hands of the teenager!

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Paul
31 May 2019

Don't throw out your computer if it is less than 3Ghz. Most modern 64-bit multi-core processors run just fine at 1.8, 2.4 etc Ghz. I have ThinkPad laptops running Core 2 Duo's at 2.4Ghz. Install an SSD and clean install Windows and they run great.

Posted by:

Brian B
31 May 2019

My father once gave me a pick axe, which he told me had been in the family for two generations. He also told me that it had been fitted with two axe heads and three handles.

Posted by:

Robert K
31 May 2019

author: ..your computer says Radio Shack anywhere on the packaging.

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Now, that put a smile on my face. How about Sinclair, Atari or Commodor?

Posted by:

david maguire
31 May 2019

i miss the friendly paper clip man & the flying toasters

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Daniel Wiener
31 May 2019

I hate it when my company insists that I upgrade to either a new computer or a new operating system. It is an incredible pain in the ass to have to reinstall dozens of old programs, many of which won't work with the new hardware or operating system. My current computer and OS works just fine and is configured the way I like it. So I do all I can to avoid the upgrades. Eventually it becomes a losing battle, since my company wants uniformity to simplify technical support and licenses.

As for my personal computers, I still haven't gotten rid of my Kaypro II, which is only 37 years old. I think when it reaches the 50 year mark it can officially be considered an antique.

Posted by:

Paulo Rodrigues
31 May 2019

Hi, Bob !
Just signed in - and before reading any article, I usually look for the DATE it was published, as more than frequently we run over 4-5 yr old articles in the net, which in some cases like IT or politics may turn it completely obsolete.

After some searching, I could finally find it at the bottom, almost "hidden" by two big yellow areas. So, in the name of clarity, I humbly suggest you consider publishing the date just under the article headline.

Best regards !
Paulo

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