Saturday, 10 November 2012
Computer Upgrade - Update
I was hoping my computer would last four years but now I know it won't. It is almost obsolete already and that is why it is so slow. Two year's ago it cost £400 and I've had the use of it for two years. At that rate it must be cheaper to rent!
While I was in the shop, looking at all the new products, the man in the clinic, who was ever so helpful, I might add, made some changes to my computer to make it work faster.
He deleted the two other user accounts I had on there. That means that the programmes load faster because they only have to load in one place.
He altered some of the start-up programmes. I don't need every programme I've got to load on start-up. To do that he had to go into an area of the computer which he said I'd better keep out of. I agree.
Since I had a Mastercare agreement, which runs till October 13th, it didn't cost me anything. If he had been able to add more memory, then I would have had to pay for the memory but not the installation, which I thought was fair.
When I got home I moved all my photos and music onto my external hard-drive, which helped a lot. I also deleted a large graphic's programme, which is obviously too big for this machine to handle.
I know that you mac users out there are thinking 'why doesn't she just go and buy a Mac but the trouble is, if I do that I will have to buy all new software too, won't I. The Apple macs are very expensive too, Perhaps if I was starting out new and was a lot younger, I would buy an Apple but for me, perhaps not! Also I know that there are a few problems with updated the operating system on macs.
I deleted I-Tunes. That is a massive programme and I can do without it. I shall just use the Windows Media Player from now on and buy my CD's from Amazon.
I'm telling you all this in the hope that the information will be helpful to anyone who is experiencing the same problems as me. I am very sad that my computer is obsolete and determined to make it last a bit longer. The fault is really with the software programmes and the size of them! The manufacturers think that the more complicated the programmes are, the more they will sell. Well, let me tell them that that is not true. Simple is best and I wish we could go back to the way it was. Microsoft is a big culprit. Word and Excel are now so huge and complicated that you need to be a professor to understand them. All that most of us wants is an easy-to-use, quick to load programme that doesn't cost the earth.
So my conclusions are:
If you are just starting out - buy an Apple Mac.
If you are buying a computer, look into renting one.
Maybe choose an I-pad instead but that's another subject.
Don't put too many programmes or photos or music on it.
Use an external hard-drive for storage leaving the computer itself free of garbage.
Keep the start-up menu clear.
Only have one user on the computer.
What do you think?