Computers are mysterious. They are a box that takes keyboard inputs then outputs beautiful results that we use everyday. The feeling of owning a new computer is like having the world at your fingertips — anything is possible. When your computer is too old, everything feels stagnant. There are several signs that indicate the age of your computer. But what age is too old? We at Patient Computer Help have curated a list of four telltale signs of aging for any computer.
4 Signs that Your Computer is Too Old:
#1 You Cannot Run The Latest Updates
The biggest indicator of an old computer is its ability to handle the newest generation of software. There is a rule of computing that every two years, the average computer will double in its computing ability. Therefore, an eight year old computer is 6% as quick as than a new computer. As you spend time with a computer, you may not notice the slowing speed of the processor. What’s worse, most new software is designed to work with the fastest computers, the newer ones. While they still work with older computers (sometimes), it introduces additional strain on the older computer to keep up.
The minute you upgrade to a new generation computer, the difference will be obvious. If you are unable to install current applications or software, consider upgrading the operating system or purchasing a new computer. Or, let us know and we’ll see if a solid state hard drive (SSD) upgrade can fix your issues.
#2 You Can’t Install the Latest Operating System(OS)
The operating system is the interface that allows you to utilize the pointer and click to any application you wish to use. PCs run on the windows OS while Macs run on the OS X operating system. Although they have different names, the functionality is quite similar. As a computer ages, the specifications or the hardware within the computer become outdated. Many of these parts are soldered into the computer making it impossible to upgrade. Therefore, if your computer is unable to update to the latest version of OS X (Capitan) or Windows (10), your computer may be too old.
#3 There Are Constant Noises Coming From Your Computer
Most technology will make a noise or two during its lifespan. Computers are known to have loud fans that turn on when you are utilizing all of its resources. However, as a computer ages, it will begin to create more noise, more frequently (much like people). This is due to the lifespan of the internal hardware. Computers are not built to last forever. Many computer companies urge consumers to buy or replace their computers every two to six years. This way, they can maintain an optimal level of performance and avoid issues with customer service.
#4 Constant Pop-Up Messaging
As previously mentioned, the internal hardware of your computer is not meant to last a lifetime. As your time with the computer increases, the amount of errors that take place is bound to increase as well. Like most things, a computer will age and die. We at Patient Computer Help are equipped to increase the endurance of your computer but unfortunately, they cannot last forever. If you are constantly dealing with error messages, blue screens, or freezing, your computer may be too old.
A computer is a tricky machine but it doesn’t have to be. At Patient Computer Help, we are dedicated to giving you the greatest possible experience from any computer. Although computers may get old, purchasing a new one is a great experience as well. Furthermore, acquiring a new machine will allow you to reap the benefits of enhanced productivity, newer technologies, and less stress when dealing with your computer.