• SumoMe

There comes a time in every computers life where its time is up.  It now takes far too long to start up and once it has, it takes an age for any program to load up and do something.  So, should you buy a new computer?

It all very much depends on what it is you are doing or wanting to do.  If your drive has become full of demos that you no longer use, then perhaps a reformat of the hard drive might come in handy.  But, before you do, you will need to backup your documents like your Word files, photos and spreadsheets.  You can copy them to a blank DVD or multiple if you have a lot, or, if you don’t have a DVD writer, then a good sized USB stick will be fine until it is finished setting everything up.

The number of times that I have reinstalled a computer and find that it is back to being a speedy pice of kit amazes the owner.  Then some helpful advice like, “Be very choosey about what you put on it!!”, is a good motto to follow.  If you only want to do some wordprocessing and surf the net, why do you need all the other stuff that you will never use?

Always make sure you have installed an anti-virus program after you’ve finished setting it up again and always create your account where it prompts you for a password for extra security.

Now ask yourself, do you need a new computer.  If it is now performing as it should, then you’ve save some money and gotten more life out of your box.  Otherwise, yes, it will be if you’re not happy.  Also, in Internet Option, set the page to be updated every time you visit, not automatically.  Otherwise it will take longer to start up as it checks every single website you have visited, even if you never go there again!!  Change your history to the last 7 days and reduce the storage to 30MB, that’s more than enough.  Also, on a weekly basis, go into your internet options and clear down the cookies and temporary internet files.  I know it says temporary, but, they will stay there until you remove them!!  They clog up your drive and slow your computer down considerably.

A bit of self DIY housekeeping can make all the difference!!

If you’re looking for a new laptop, then I recommend a 64bit processor, at least 4GB ram and, at the very least, 500GB hard drive.  For ease of viewing, 15.6″ screen.  Go the maximum that you can afford.  If it is a choice between more hard drive space or ram, go for the ram.  More is better!!  Buy the fastest processor you can afford with recommended ram and hard drive. This will cover most basic needs.  If you’re into creating professional music, graphics or serious gaming, then a much higher specification will be required.  As a starting point, this as good a place to start as any.

I have a desktop computer that was first installed back in 1994, it has Windows XP, Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz processor and a maximum 2GB ram.  During that time, the only requirement has been to replace the motherboard.  Thankfully, I managed to get one before it disappeared into oblivion!!  And as  I write this article, apart from resizing the C: drive to give me some more space, it runs everything that I need.  All my file associations are how I want them to be and some of the software will only run on XP that I still use a lot!!

I also have a Windows 7 Laptop, 64bit, and, where the software is available, then I use that for the speed, obviously.  I alternate between the two machines.  With my desktop on and printer connected to it, wireless dongle plugged in, I can print from my laptop without having to physically plug the USB cable into it.  I have simply set my printer up as a share on the home wireless network and have connected to the wireless printer name.  Bliss!!

Technology, it’s amazing what you can do with it now.  The only thing that limits most people is their imagination.

If you want to save on the cost of software, then get Open Office, it’s FREE and read and save in Word format as well as lots of things. Free antivirus, get AVG, visit this free website by clicking here for other great FREE software, BUT, be choosey this time about what you put on it without cluttering your hard drive!!

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