Repair, Replace, or Nuke Them from Space? How You Should Address Failing Computers

Need help determining if it’s time to repair or replace aging computers? If so, this guide can help!


Has it become a ritual to turn your computer on, head to get a cup of coffee, and upon your return, have the machine still booting up? If so, it may be time to look into whether you require repair, or in some cases, a new computer altogether.


Common computer issues that cause poor performance


Several common issues plague businesses, some of which are quick fixes, while others point to the need for new equipment. Read on to learn whether it’s time to repair or replace your failing computer.

My computer is running extremely slow

This is a complicated problem that can mean quite a few different things. It could be as simple as adding some additional RAM or removing some programs that are no longer in use, or it could mean that you may have one or more viruses or malware that have taken over your computer. In these instances, it’s best to consult with a professional who can take a look at your machine to determine whether the fix is simple, which would allow you to keep your existing computer, or is more involved, causing you to investigate the cost of replacing your machine altogether. 

My computer doesn’t support some of the programs I’d like to use

If your computer is more than a few years old, you may have difficulty installing the latest software versions or even updating your operating system. This can cause serious problems in that many hackers will attempt to take advantage of computers that do not have the latest security updates and patches. A desktop computer’s average lifespan is around 4-5 years, whereas a laptop is around 3-4 years. If your computer is getting up to this age and programs are not working correctly, it may be time to invest in a new machine. 

My computer is running out of space

If your computer is running out of space, this is often a fairly easy fix. Go through your documents and programs and attempt to delete any items that aren’t being used. If you’re still close to maxing out your hard drive, you can always look into adding additional storage space to your computer. If you’re using a desktop, this is much easier to do, but even if you have a laptop, the process may be worth it if your computer isn’t more than a few years old.

Knowing exactly when to repair or replace aging computers can be difficult, especially if you and your team don’t have ample IT experience. Network Computer Pros is a full-service Managed IT Service provider for South Florida businesses. We would be glad to come out to your office to take a look at your existing infrastructure and help you chart out which upgrades are necessary right away and which ones can be put off for months or even years.

Need help determining whether it’s time to replace or repair your failing computers?

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