Should you buy a new computer or just upgrade your old one. You may get more out of upgrading than buying. Our older computer got really slow and could not handle the updates. My husband and I added memory to ours and now it is as fast as our newer outdated computer. That computer only had 64 memory, we put 256 in it and it is like a new computer. It still has the windows Me on it and that is fine with us, my other computer has Windows XP and frankly for what we use them for, it does not make a bit of difference. We are not using it for office equipment, mainly to go online. Some small maintenance tips if your computer starts to slow down.
1. Clean up your cookies and temporary internet files, you can do this by clicking on the tools button at the top while you are online. It will drop down, choose internet options, you will then get a pop up screen, from there you can click delete cookies, delete temporary internet files and delete history, this will take all the junk that is stored from your surfing habits.
2. Defrag your computer, as you use your computer you move things around and then when you go on again, your computer has to go searching for those files to make the operation work properly. If you could picture walking into a huge file room where everything is in order, you could go straight to the drawer you want and pull the file you want, easy to find and making the job a lot quicker and easier. Now imagine going into a file room where files are just scattered everywhere, that is what your computer is like after about four hours of being online. Defragging will put everything back where it needs to be, making your computer operate more efficiently. This is a simple task to do also.
Go to the start menu, hit programs, go to accessories, then to defragmentation, click on it. Tell it to defrag your computer. If you have not done this in a while get ready for a long wait, so do it when you are not going to use the computer for a while, you can do this over night if you want. I do mine about every three days, so it does not take more than ten minutes, but I have went longer periods and had to wait longer. So if you make this a habit at least once a week, you will maximize the performance of your computer.
One more thing, demagnetize your screen every now and then, you should have a button on the front of the monitor for this.
Just some tips to keep you in good shape for being on the forums, nothing more annoying than a slow computer.