In the computer industry, the underlying technology advances at a rather brisk pace. Hardware becomes faster, and new standards and technology are constantly being developed. Software becomes more complex and powerful, requiring greater amounts of processing power and memory to run properly.
After several years, during which programs are upgraded and new hardware is developed, you may find that your computer no longer seems as fast as it once was or that your machine is incompatible with the latest hardware or software. Here are some of the most common signs that it is time for a computer upgrade instead of a computer repair:
In some cases, you can easily upgrade your computer by adding more memory, replacing the hard drive with a larger, faster version or an SSD, or by replacing the processor with a faster version. Other systems, such as laptops, offer few upgrade options and may need to simply be replaced. After you upgrade your computer, be sure to install or update your antivirus software to prevent viruses and other malware, and your firewall program, to prevent unauthorized access to your system and files.