Should I repair or replace my current computer?

Should I repair or replace my current computer?

For some people, computers contain their entire lives. Programs, pictures, documents and more all live on these devices. Especially with the arrival of Windows 8, getting a new PC rather than fixing your old one can be as difficult as ever.

This isn’t to say that we’re not a fan of new technology – we love it! But trying to transfer someone’s life to a new technology tends to have some hiccups. You have to factor in some points when considering getting new systems:

  • Do you have all the setup files/installation CDs to recover all of the programs you use the most?
  • Are the programs on your old PC compatible with your new system?
  • Do you have a backup of said program data or know a way of saving the data manually?
  • Do you know where all of your personal data is stored and have a backup of that data?

In what circumstance is fixing not the best option?

1. If you have old technology with Windows XP.

Sometimes the cost of the repair, plus the cost of a new operating system (because of Windows XP expiring this year), doesn’t outweigh the time/cost/hassle of just getting new technology and taking the risk of having to purchase updated software.

2. You don’t use the computer for much.

If you only use your PC for Internet searching, web based email, Facebook and other simple tasks, it wouldn’t be difficult to transfer to new technology if you enjoy new technology. Just make sure you have an experienced IT professional that can destroy your old hard drive and help optimize your new system. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about all of these concerns?

Letting your local computer experts give you a free estimate on the problem is the best way to find out your options. If it’s anything but an OS/hard drive problem, it can be fixed without having to do anything with your data. In these instances, your computer will act just the way it was, if not better, before the problems started.

About this Experts Contributor: Jacob Dowdy is the owner of CompCustomz, providing computer repair services in Detroit. Since 2006, CompCustomz has specialized in cost-effective computer repair services with both on-site and remote support available. You can follow this contributor on Twitter or on Google+.

As of June 25, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.


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