There are always mixed feelings when buying a new computer. On the one hand we are sad that our old machine does not turn on anymore and maybe our data are still stuck in there; on the other side, we are curious to learn new technology when it comes to purchase a new system. Buying a new computer today entails a rational thinking that should not be left to the impulses of our hearts. The answers that follow may clear out any doubt at the moment of seriously thinking to go to the computer store.
– REMEMBER YOUR PREVIOUS SYSTEM AND YOUR HABITS
If you were using a computer with XP, by now you should know that XP’s support ended in April 2014. Not all the hardware where XP ran is able to house Windows 7 or Windows 8. You should download the Microsoft Upgrade Advisor to see if the upgrade is possible on the old hardware. If it is impossible to upgrade the existing machine, you should consider buying a new one. Today there is a lot to choose from in terms of CPU speed and memory. I would suggest to get a computer that is faster and has more storage than the one you had before because over time the machine tends to be filled with more files than you expect.
-FROM WINDOWS TO MAC OR VICEVERSA ?
if you had a Windows and you want to switch to a MAC, you have probably made the right choice. Although a MAC computer costs 3 times more than a Windows machine, MACs are normally virus-free and able to enhance the user’s productivity. If you had in your Windows computer files and programs that can only run on a Windows computer, think twice before buying a MAC. You may have in this case two choices: or you find the mac version of the windows program or you may want to use an app that emulates Windows in a virtual environment such as Parallels.
– BACKUP REGULARLY YOUR MAIN FILES AND FOLDERS
No matter if you run Windows or MACs, you should be aware that a backup of your computer is a primary need like we need water every day to survive. Backing up your files to an external hard drive or to a cloud service can lower the risk of losing data and will preserve that data ready for another download into a new computer, if you have decided to get a new one. Do not incur in pictures loss or resumes disappearances, as this is your entire life and digital history. Be smart and back up your computers regularly to avoid disasters.
– DO YOU PLAN TO INSTALL MORE SOFTWARE ?
A computer built for a mom who checks regularly emails and has a limited browsing activity is different from a computer created for a web designer or an engineer running Autocad. Ask yourself what do you want the computer do for you: if you are running core intensive programs like video editing and image manipulation, you should think to get a real performance computer with a fast processor and a very good video card.
– DO I WANT TO SWITCH TO LINUX MAYBE?
And we would answer, why not! Especially if you cannot afford buying a new machine, you may use your old windows XP within a Linux environment. In this case, save first all your data to an external hard drive, assess if your old machine is a 32 or 64 bit one, and fresh install Linux Mint , which is one of the main Linux distros. We are sure that you will enjoy Linux for its robust features, abudant applications and the safest browsing experience out there. Going online with a Linux computer will guard you against any type of malware that can sadden your user experience. Needless to say that Linux comes bundled with Office-compatible programs like Libre Office resulting in an original operating system that has nothing less than a Windows or an Apple Computer.