When to replace your computer

This is a picture of an old beige IBM PC running DOS

I have been helping clients with their computer problems for a very long time and the decision of when to replace your computer is often difficult. If you have the same question, here is some information I hope you will find helpful in weighing your options.

Reasons you should buy a new computer

Your computer is outdated.

How many years old is the computer?

  • Is it beige?
  • Does it still have a floppy disk drive?
  • Did it come with DOS?

All kidding aside, If it is more than seven years old, there’s a strong likelihood it is outdated, slow and unable to take advantage of new features in Microsoft Windows.

Here are some new features that are desired:

  • Newer, faster versions of USB 3
  • Thin bezel laptop screen
  • Sharper, more colorful picture
  • Longer laptop battery life
  • Faster performance
  • Smaller size or lighter weight

Cutting-Edge Security

What level of risk are you comfortable with?

Newer computers have better and more security features and can fully take advantage of Windows 11 increased security.


If it can’t do what you need it to do, then it’s outdated right now. Sometimes part upgrades can’t correct the functionality required.

Reasons you should NOT buy a new computer


Have you seen the prices of computers lately? The prices have shot up since Covid-19.  A good new computer will start around $600.

Upgrading an existing computer will almost certainly be less expensive than buying a new computer. SSD upgrades can extend the useful life of many computers by several years.

How much is the cost of repair versus the cost of a new computer?

Upgrade instead

You may only need the increased speed of a Solid State Drive swap. The increase in speed is astonishing.

Do you have a desktop and need a new video card or maybe more USB ports?

We can upgrade that!

Less Bother

Setting up a new PC means transferring data and programs. It can be tedious and troublesome. New PCs may not work with your older printers.

Windows 11 isn’t very different than Windows 10 and there’s no rush to upgrade to Windows 11.

Here’s some general advice

If your computer originally came with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 it needs to be replaced.

Computers from 2013 and older may not be able to run Windows 11 reliably, according to the latest information from Microsoft.

Have a Mac?  If you have a Mac made prior to 2012, it will no longer be able to update to the latest macOS.