I am often asked by clients if their computer or laptop is outdated.

It depends.

  • If it can’t do what you need it to do, then it’s outdated right now.
  • If it didn’t come with a Windows 10 license, it is outdated.
  • How much risk are you willing to take?
  • Is it beige? (just kidding)

Some of the confusion stems from the fact that Windows 10 will run on almost anything meaning upgrades are possible. This might fall under the saying “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”.

Here are some helpful ways of determining if a computer is outdated:

1) Windows. If the computer or laptop did not come with Windows 10, there’s a good chance it is outdated. If it came with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 8, it is without a doubt outdated. Early Windows 7 computers and laptops are outdated however, manufacturers continued to put Windows 7 on new computers that had a double license to switch to Windows 10. Those are not yet out of date.

2) Age. If the computer or laptop is five years or older, it’s probably outdated.

These criteria below are a bit harder to determine.

3) CPU. If the CPU is made by Intel and the model prior to the “Core-i…” series, it is very out of date.

4) Memory. DDR4 is the current standard. If the computer or laptop has DDR3 it’s pushing it’s limits now. DDR2 and less are unthinkable.

Hey Mac people! Yours are easier to determine. If you have a Mac made prior to 2012, it will no longer be able to update to the latest macOS.

One key advantage of having a new computer is that computer manufacturers continue to innovate new security features that Windows 10 and Mac can take advantage of. With an old computer, those security features are missing, even with upgrades.

Please note, if you have an older Windows PC you are replacing, you may need to buy new printers to work with Windows 10.

I hope this helps you determine if your computer is outdated.