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When To Buy A New Computer And What To Do With The Old One

Oct 28, 2007
Computers are great. When you receive your first computer, you will be amazed and a little confused at what you need. The first time you surf the Internet, you will be hooked; there is no better feeling. As time goes on, you will find that the computer that you purchased does not suit you needs anymore. With all of the tools that are available such as downloads and online games, your computers memory will soon be insufficient. When this happens, it may be time to sell your old computer in order to purchase a bigger and better one.

You can find upgrades for your computer by doing a Google search, however, with the advances that are made in technology everyday, the upgrades may not be compatible with your computer. This is also true when you install a new operating system that may require new hardware. It is very easy to end up spending way more than the cost of a new computer. In some instances, you can save yourself a lot of time, money and headaches just by purchasing a new computer. This is not to say that upgrading your computer is a waste of time and money, only that there are times when it is unnecessary.

Once you have made the decision to purchase a new computer, you have to decide what to do with the old one. Even though it may not suit your needs, it is still a good computer that someone else may benefit from. There are several different things you can do with your old computer.

Kids - When you have school age children, giving them your computer can not only give them great joy, it can also assist them in their schoolwork. In today's school system, many different subjects are taught and they are also required to do homework that requires a lot of research. Your old computer may be perfect for them because you can install educational materials such as encyclopedias and thesaurus' can be installed to assist them with their schoolwork.

Often times, older people will shy away from purchasing a computer because they feel that they are too old to learn how to use one and that it is an expense that they can live without. However, if you give your old computer to them, they will often be more receptive to learning how to use it. Once they catch on, they will wonder how they got along without one. Another advantage of giving your computer to someone who has limited knowledge is that if he or she somehow causes a critical error, it is more easily fixable than with a new computer. This will give him an incentive to learn and later purchase one with more features and a larger memory.

Another thing that you can do with your old computer is to use it to store all of your records and important information such as bank statements as well as insurance and mortgage information. With this use it is recommended to disconnect it from the Internet to avoid anyone hacking into it, and also prevent any viruses from attacking it.

There are many different uses for your old computer. Even if your needs have outgrown the computers capabilities, it can still be a useful machine in your home.
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