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More Windows 7 fallout: will your old computer even run Windows 10? The answer is a very definitive: maybe.
There's a good chance it will, of course, but there also may be some unexpected side effects.
Also this week
Speaking of older computers, I have some ideas on speeding them up.
It's tempting, and it's certainly better than nothing at all, but just copying files to back up may leave you unprotected.
Seven and a half years ago I bought my wife a Mac. Here's what happened.
As with so many things … it depends.
I'll review what's necessary to run Windows 10, and then we'll examine a couple of alternatives.
Continue Reading: Will My Old Computer Run Windows 10?
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You're not alone. Many people with older computers face this struggle. The machine they've been carefully using for years seems to get slower and slower over time, with each subsequent update of operating system and/or applications.
The good news is, we have options.
Continue Reading: How to Speed Up Your Older Computer: Five Options
Sure. You can do that: just copy everything. It certainly provides a level of protection, and it's significantly better than doing nothing at all.
But… (You knew this was coming, right? )
Your safety net has some large holes in it.
There are things you're missing that a traditional backup program would catch and back up for you — things you'll really care about should the worst happen.
Continue Reading: Can't I Just Copy Everything Instead of Using a Backup Program?
(This article dates back to 2012, but be sure to read the 2020 update at the end. )
My wife's old laptop had served well for many years, but its age was beginning to show. Maxed out, running Windows 7 and lots of assorted applications, it was just getting … pokey.
Not absolutely, horrifically slow, but slow enough from time to time that clearly, action would soon be called for.
Now, normally I would back up, reformat, and reinstall. It'd been a while since I'd done so, and the machine was probably overdue for deep cleanup.
And it would probably help. For a while.
But she was overdue for a new computer anyway, so I'll be completely honest and call it what it was.
Continue Reading: Why I Bought My Wife a Mac (Updated)
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