Updating Your Computer System

William Van

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I'm doing maintenance on my laptop today so I have another related question. How often do you update your physical computer? 2 years? 5 years? I tend to upgrade when nothing I do, aside for a hard boot, can speed it back up again. Am I being frugal or foolish?
 

Petal to the Metal

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I don't like change and it can take ages to feel comfortable with a new system, so I tend to keep mine for a long time. I keep my software and operating system up to date and I use security software for the business. I'd say I replace the whole thing every eight to ten years. I'd say you're just being frugal, William Van. Why replace it if it isn't broken or obsolete?
 
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jack

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By upgrading, do you mean replacing it? I would say I do this every five years. There's no straight answer to this because it varies, depending on the type and specs of a laptop. If you regularly service it, it should give you service for a long time, without a need to replace.
 

Charli1

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I replace my computer every 3 years. I don't think you're wrong by doing the same. They just don't make things to last long anymore! We use our computer for our home business. I can't afford to let it go down.
 

Daddio7

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Whenever it is not fast enough or quits working. About every eight to ten years. Today's computers are fast enough to never need upgrading. Just keep good backups and buy a new one when the hard drive gives out.
 

FarmHand

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I've gotten a good 5 years out of my current machine. It's a mac. They run like toyotas. Just plug them in and they work.
 

Qapla

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When my Windows 3.1 quits working I will think about another computer


Actually, I only replace mine if it quits ...
 

jack

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Wait, wasn't this version released in 1992? How long have you had this machine? Like most of you opine, a PC can give you at least five years of service, depending on how often it gets serviced.
 

Kyle M

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If by update you mean the Windows, I update it whenever I'm prompted. Or when I know a new version came out.

Mine usually lasts 3 to 5 years. I had one where the Gmail stopped loading fast, it would take a good 3 minutes to be able to do ANYthing with my mail, and it was with any browser I used. That's when I knew I needed a new laptop
 
 
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