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Is it Time to Upgrade Your Computer | Computer Repair

Posted on December 04, 2015.

Computer Repair vs Computer Upgrade

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:

  • Software runs or loads slowly, indicating a slow processor or insufficient memory
  • Frequent hard drive activity, caused by insufficient memory or a full drive
  • Cannot use the latest software due to hardware limitations, such as insufficient memory or a slow processor
  • New hardware is incompatible with your system or your system is missing the required connections
  • Cannot install the latest operating system, due to processor, hard drive or memory limitations
  • Computer crashes or freezes often due to malfunctioning hardware
  • Computer is physically damaged or hardware is not working properly
  • Hard drive is corrupting data or the operating system indicates the drive is damaged
  • Security updates are no longer available for your operating system, or important programs such as antivirus or firewall software cannot run without upgrading the operating system.
  • Video card cannot run the latest game, video or graphics software

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.