At some point you will find yourself faced with the prospect of purchasing a new computer. Some people love the idea and relish the adventure of a new computer, fresh out of the box, never used before, just waiting for our personal touch to be added. To others, this is a dreaded event to be put off as long as possible. Those who don’t want to update often want to know why it is necessary to do so. Why do operating systems change? Why does software change? Why does hardware consistently become outdated? The simple answer is just that technology has to change to stay functional, efficient, and safe. Let’s look a little more into this though. However, before we jump into why it’s necessary to update to a new computer, let’s look at why some might put off jumping into a new computer.
Familiarity: Oftentimes, it’s hard to part with what is familiar. A new computer can mean a new operating system, new software, and new programs, all of which take time to set-up and learn. When an individual is not particularly computer savvy, learning a new computer can seem like a daunting task. However, you can easily find assistance for learning your newer computer through a variety of sources, all designed to make your new computer quickly become comfortable to use again.
Compatibility Issues: When a person is used to an older computer and uses older software programs they might find challenges when starting use of a new computer. Companies who create software might update to newer versions or may have gone out of business. When this happens the version of software a user is familiar with using may not be an option to use on the new computer. If you are using an outdated or unsupported software though, it probably is a good idea to let go of the old and start looking at the new.
Financial: It’s true, buying a new computer will cost money, it’s an investment that should be pursued wisely. Like in buying many things, what you pay for is truly what you get. Sometimes, a company or a home user might delay the purchase of a computer due to the cost of a new computer. In addition to the cost of the computer, there are the additional items that go with the computer, like programs or printers that can add to the overall cost. While getting a new computer might be an initial cost, consider this, what will your long term gain be?
Why You Should Stay Updated:
There are reasons why a person might not want to update a new computer. However, it is still necessary to make the investment into a newer device and not simply for the purpose of keeping up with the times. More, the investment is for your long term security and happiness.
Security: Security is a major concern for any computer user. It’s a concern for those companies who create software as well. The main goal for anyone is keeping your computer secure from those who are looking to cause problems. New computers with new software are generally going to be more reliable than your older computers and older software. Plus your new software is going to be more resistant to security breaches.
Support: As software programs age, a user might find it becoming more and more difficult to locate support on that software. In some cases support stops altogether. Older operating systems (e.g. Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Server 2003) that are no longer supported aren’t receiving security patches. This makes those computers targets for fatal viruses that will cost money and potential lost, non-recoverable data.
Financial: Finances are a reason people delay inventing in new computers. However, getting a newer computer is a great idea to boost your finances. If you are running a company, time is money, an older computer will run slower, and will be more susceptible to failure. Working without a computer in today’s business world is very difficult. A newer computer will work faster and more efficiently, keeping your business productive (not to mention, your employees will be happier).
You or your business has made the decision to go ahead and purchase new computers. Before jumping into getting those new devices take a little time to get prepared for the transition. Updating to a new computer rarely involved just buying a new computer and calling it good. Consider these items before, during, and after the buying process.
Your Data: Before doing anything with a new computer, be sure to first review your data. Pictures, documents, and files are all things you want to consider if you plan to move those into your new computer. How much you have on your old computer is important to consider when deciding on the size of hard drive on the new computer. You will want to be sure the new computer’s hard drive will have enough space as you add more data.
Programs and Peripherals: When preparing to purchase a new computer, be sure to consider what extras you currently have on your computer or what is working with that computer (i.e. QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, scanners, fax machines, and printers). You will want to be ready with newer versions of programs you use should there be newer versions. In some cases you will need to contact the creator of these programs to learn about compatibility. Either way, it is best to figure this out ahead of time to eliminate any potential issues.
Allow for Adjustment: After getting your new computer installed and setup, take some time to learn. It can take some time to adjust when moving from a computer with an older operating system to one with a newer operating system. The basic layout might look different and you may have to search for things that used to be second nature to locate. This is a step everyone must go through at some point with a new computer. Take some time to learn where everything is located and give yourself permission to set your computer up to where it is comfortable for your use.
Training: Once you or your staff has had time to adjust to the new computer, you might find that some training is needed on the computer or on updated versions of programs. Allow time for training sessions to be set up to give the tools needed to move forward with the new computer.
Above all else, take some time and be patient when learning a new computer. Sometimes there are minor hiccups in the process of settling into a new device but having patience and working with someone knowledgeable can make all the difference.
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