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Old 3rd January 2011, 07:46 PM   #1
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Default Computer 1 Vs Computer 2

Does the time on how long you had your computer or laptop affects its performance? It's kinda bugging me that my Desktop computer that I had for 10 years is still in a good condition and I have never replace anything on its hardware or parts while the other Desktop computer I had for only 2 years is giving me a headache, I mean all parts/components of my second computer is upgraded but why does it runs too slow and I have to bring it back all over again to a computer shop.

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Old 4th January 2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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First of all, if you have a 10 year old computer with original parts and you're still getting good use from it, that is really impressive. Generally 4-5 years is about the maximum lifespan of computers these days. Components wear out and break and, more commonly, they just become obsolete and too slow for modern tasks.

As far as your 2-year old computer running slowly, there are a few things you can do, if you haven't already.
  • Upgrade the RAM- 2GB is usually enough, but that depends on what you're using the computer to do
  • Defragment the hard drive- You can use the disk defragmenting software build into Windows, or there are a few good (and free) tools available online.
  • Delete unnecessary temp files that are cluttering your hard drive- Again, there are free tool to help you do this.
  • Clean and defragment the registry- Absolutely make a backup of your data (and of the registry) before you do this step.
  • Scan for viruses/malware
Of course, there are many more things that can be done, but this should get you started.

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